SexPosFemme Journal

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Disinformation Guides

I was browsing Russ Kick's Disinformation Guides on Amazon, which include Everything You Know Is Wrong, You Are Being Lied To, The Book of Lists, and 50 Things You Aren't Supposed to Know. So far, I own a copy of the first one. The best article has to be Wendy Elroy's "Prostitution", that sharply puts the mainstream view of prostitutes as pitiable and simultaneously abhorrent to rest. Note to all whores and renegades: if the same people who "feel your pain" are the ones casting dispersions on you, they probably don't have your best interests in mind. The statistic that 5-20% of all prostitutes are streetwalkers crumbles the image of the streetwalker as the poster-child for prostitution, when a whopping 80% (or more) do in fact "walk the streets", but only if they're being pedestrians. How, when there are always several branches to every profession, could the world's OLDEST one, at least in legal form, not be just as complex? Conflating prostitutes with streetwalkers is like calling all lawyers paralegals, all PhD's sleep-deprived med school interns, all educators poor inner-city schoolteachers. Why, with these sorts of statistics do people continue to hold the stereotypical abused druggie as the model for prostitution and see the pimp as the burly cane-toting crimelord? Yeah they're out there, just like there are paralegals and inner-city schoolteachers, but the least you can take from this is that nothing is monolithic, that Hollywood is off in the western hills for a reason, and that there's no such thing as a "perfect" or "perfectly bad" experience. And yet the blanketing continues and helps exactly no one. So do people fear that without such extreme stereotypes, they'll have no other reason not to consider prostitution themselves? Are they afraid, as with all ethnic conflicts, that not participating in scapegoating will implicate them and put them on the social chopping block? Or is just a case of plain, honest misinformation?

Looking at these articles made me wonder what sorts of disinformation articles I would write. An obvious one would be oft-visited myths, good and bad, about stripping--good ones being that strippers make thousands of dollars a night and look "perfect", bad, that strippers are all coked out and have bloodhounds for managers. Other good ones to consider would "Abstinent Immunodifficiency Sydrome" about why the good Christian wife is the new face of AIDS (because they aren't abstinent and because they are abstinent), and "The Only Untrue Bi is the Binary".

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