Project Whore: interview #10

1. What are your thoughts on prostitution?
More negative than positive.

It’s not as bad as war, genocide, starvation, violence … but not as good as Christmas is for the middle class kids, good friends, being loved, or achieving a long-held ambition.

It’s the kind of thing I wouldn’t want to be part of my life or want to be part of my daughter or sons future, but is something I can easily understand how people end up involved in as providers or users.

2. Have you slept with a sex worker before?
No.

3. Why or why not?
Firstly because my catholic upbringing taught me sex was a sacred act to be reserved for marriage. That was a rigid guide-frame for my life until just a few years ago.

Secondly because I feel it degrades the dignity of both user and the sex worker.

Thirdly, probably as a result of the first two points, I don’t think I’d enjoy it.

Fourthly, there are many other things I’d rather spend money on.

4. What does the word ‘whore’ mean to you?
A pejorative reference to a woman who trades sex.

5. Do you believe in monogamy?
Yes. More important to me than diverse sexual experience is a deep, rich and committed relationship which I believe monogamy helps.

6. Have you been solicited to, by a sex worker in the street? Male or female?
No, not that I recall.

7. Do you think sex work is a choice?
Yes and no. Everything is a choice, so yes in that sense. Slavery and addiction limit the choices of some people to living any way they can (e.g. sex work) or dying. I’m not well enough informed to know what circumstanced generally lead people to sex work.

8. Are you heterosexual, bisexual or gay?
Hetro

9. Are you tempted to pay for sex, if you want to experiment?
No, see 3.3 above.

10. Lastly, do you judge others who visit sex workers regularly?

I try to stay out of the habit of judging people. It might be something that informs their social behaviour more generally, and if there is deceit of a committed partner involved I’d consider that wrong. But then there are lots of things wrong in this world…

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