#HOOKUPCOLLAB IN NY MAGAZINE: BIG BAD RENT BOYS, SAD LITTLE CALL GIRLS, AND THE LANGUAGE OF SEX WORK

The online NCaptureew York Magazine blog The Cut featured #HookUpCollab member Dick Slaughter in a post by Lily Burana (author of the indomitable Strip City). The piece is titled Big Bad Rent Boys, Sad Little Call Girls, and the Language of Sex Work, and Dick’s comments focus on the recent Times’ Aug. 28 editorial Homeland Security’s Peculiar Prosecution of Rentboy.

When asked about the stark difference in the way prostitution is presented based on gender, ‘the simplest explanation is usually the best,’ says Dick Slaughter (not his real name) of the #Hook Up Collective, a coalition of Rentboy advertisers, lawyers, and community members. ‘The Times prefers to cast men in the sex trades as Midnight Cowboys with agency over our lives, while women are pimped-out, drug-addicted slaves who need to be ‘rescued’ (read: handcuffed) by police, and those of us who are trans or gender nonconforming aren’t given a thought.’

…..

[C]areful coverage is necessary, says activist Slaughter. ‘Every day there are more street-level prostitution busts in New York City than the seven arrests made by the Department of Homeland Security, yet we don’t hear the same outrage over the daily questioning, harassment, and arrest of people carrying condoms, ‘Bawdy House’ evictions from our apartments, or raids on brothels, massage parlors, and gay sex venues that we use to increase our safety. We view the raid on Rentboy in the larger context of criminalization of people who trade sex, in which vagrancy, loitering, prostitution, and promoting laws are used to target people of color, especially trans women and gender-nonconforming people of color. The prosecution of Rentboy is just the latest, and by no means the greatest, assault.’

Advertisements
#HOOKUPCOLLAB IN NY MAGAZINE: BIG BAD RENT BOYS, SAD LITTLE CALL GIRLS, AND THE LANGUAGE OF SEX WORK