There is bad reporting going on around the news about OnlyFans. Yes it is due to the "payment processor" MasterCard but *that* reason for change was due to Exodus Cry's incessant activism against PornHub and their attempts to abolish all legal forms of pornography, sex work, Strip Clubs, etc under the guise of "think of the children".

@cj iow, activism is only good when it lobbies for the values I support...

Also, claiming it is all about "think of the children" is a strawman. I never heard of Exodus Cry before your post, but a cursory look at their site and it is very clear they are up front against the sex *industry*, which is not necessarily the same as being puritanical or anti-sex.

@raphael It's not a strawman. I had a fuller comment, but i really don't want to be discussing the abhorrent practice of child sex slavery.

@cj We don't need to discuss that, and it's kind of my point: there is a great number of people that don't even need to use "think of the children" as a justification to advocate against the sex industry and the normalization of pornography.

@raphael

Removing cj since he doesn't want to get into that debate.

The normalization of a sex industry would allow it to be properly regulated and thus protect the ones offering services, those receiving services, and ensure that money transfers are properly taxed.

I don't see what could possibly be wrong with a safer, healthier industry that allows more freedom and safety for both sellers and buyers.

@emacsen

> I don't see what could possibly be wrong with a safer, healthier industry

This smells of the libertarian argument that ignores

(a) moral implications
(b) scale
(c) context

of human actions in society at large.

Before anything, ask yourself if sex is something that should be "industrialized", especially considering how the internet takes this to planetary scale, with an endless number of people involved and so complex that is impossible to predict catastrophical outcomes.

@raphael

> (a) moral implications

Sex workers currently are stigmatized in nearly every way, from not being able to access health care, to banking, discrimination, needing to hide their past from law enforcement, employers, etc.

Does that sound moral to you?

> (b) scale

In some countries, sex workers are unionized and heavily regulated. That looks like scale to me.

Prostitution is legal in other countries and the sky doesn't fall.

@emacsen the imoral thing is to try to legitimize "sex work" in the first place.

Still: hate the sin, but love the sinner. People should not be stigmatized.

The "moral thing" would be to figure out what leads so many people to "sex work" and fix the underlying cause. Lack of good job prospects? Failed education system? No good social safety net? Power structures leading to exploitation (no matter how "regulated" it is, unless prostitutes are 100% autonomous there is someone exploiting them)?

@raphael

Basically "It's against my religion, so it should be illegal."

I'm not sure where you live, but in most of the western world, we've tried to separate out religion from law.

> The "moral thing" would be to figure out what leads so many people to "sex work" and fix the underlying cause

I think there are much bigger fish to fry in the area of bad work. Warehouse workers, Delivery, Fast Food, etc.

@emacsen

> I think there are much bigger fish to fry in the area of bad work.

Come on, this is some poor form of Whataboutism. Yes, some jobs have poor work conditions. But doesn't it make more sense to organize society to work for better conditions to them instead of leveling down perfectly dignified jobs and equate them to prostitution?

@raphael

> Come on, this is some poor form of Whataboutism

I don't agree all whataboutism is bad, but I also don't think there's anything inherently immoral about sex work any more than there is about any other kind of work.

There is abuse, but I see this largely as a function of the kinds of abuses we see in illegal trades and they get largely cleaned up once you legalize and regulate it.

I don't see any reason on *why* you think sex work is wrong, only that you dislike its existence.

@emacsen even after the porn industry got cleaned up and regulated, how many men and women developed a troubled relationship with their own sexuality? How many manage to separate their work from their personal lives? How many end up only in relationship with others "in the industry" because no one outside of the industry can deal with their partners having sex with different people every day? How many girls go through something like Mia Khalifa and regretted their choice?

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@emacsen this is not a "anti-sex" position, quite the opposite. The problem with the "sex industry" is that it strips both workers and consumers from a meaningful and fulfilling relationship with their "Eros". It reduces sex to a mechanical/biological activity, when it can and should be much more meaningful for everyone.

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