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In my opinion, the problem with sex work is the same thing that makes it dangerous; it is condemned by society. Sex workers are in danger of violence and trafficking, treated as the lowest of the low, as minor, grimy criminals. They can't have warm inviting office fronts and take insurance and be treated as having the same value as any other healthcare worker because we decided they can't.
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https://pima.bibliocommons.com/list/share/324530247/707736609?_ga=1.32996286.1478290541.1474987019&from_login=true

I went to the public library's website to reserve some books, and there was a thumbnail that caught my eye: Martha Reads Banned Books and one of the books featured in the thumbnail was Harry fucking Potter and the god damn Sorcerer's Stone.  So I looked to see what was on the least and lo! thirty books were on the list, with a comment about each.

Apparently, the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy is "occult/satanic," and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee just says “If there’s a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it.”

I facepalmed so hard, you guys.

Missing "The Handmaid's Tale." I'm surprised. That one is a hot topic now.  I haven't gotten to it yet, but considering how it takes place in a Christian totalitarian post-United States, I can see why some people want it squirreled away.

Is it making the rounds again? It was such a big deal when it first came out, but I haven't really heard people speak of it since then.
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Shit, man. Why do the good jobs have to be nestled in horribleness?

Because horrible old bastards like good jobs, too, and they get there years before we do.
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Shit, man. Why do the good jobs have to be nestled in horribleness?
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waffle?  what did they DO to you?
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So, teleconference with my boss and the HR chief tomorrow.

They are going to once again demand that I fire one of my custodians (Tonya) for purely contrived reasons.  She had, while she was working in the kitchen, complained about discrimination.  Accurately. She was allowed to transfer to my department because doing so automatically put her back on probation, and it was expected that I would fire her like a compliant little middle manager.  Of course, I was on probation, so they would then have fired me to tie off any loose litigation ends.

when I refused, my probation was extended, and then just recently ended.  The rat in the department, Debra, has however been feeding the boss and the HR guy whatever she can, based on her decades long fight with Tonya's mother, who died several years ago.  It's all shit, but the boss and the HR guy of course have a vested interest in believing her, despite numerous witnesses to the contrary.

So I'm not going to fire her, and they're going to fire me.  Not tomorrow (if they were ready to move, they'd have had me come down to the university, but soon.)

But, yanno, smartphones and shit.  Not going down alone.
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Cain I just wanted to note that I stared at the reply box for several minutes on the child abuse investigation article after reading it, trying to compose myself..

The fact it's happening still
is a welcome sign to me
that not ALL the fruits have rotted
on the tip-top branches of the tree.

Poetry aside, I think I mostly need something to punch.

Was it the Dutroux one by any chance? If not, then you've probably got much worse to read yet. That entire thing is still easily in the top 10 worst things I've ever forced myself to read.

This article here. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37500878

What is this Dutroux? A Frenchman? I've never heard of. Got a link?

Cain had a good link to a long investigative piece, will try and dig it up if he's not got it handy. I'm sure he'll remember the one I'm talking about.

In short, belgian, be glad you've never heard of him / associated shit. I can't properly warn you enough about how grim it is though and given the subject matter I'm not saying that lightly. The larger implications of the whole thing are quite Fucked up too. It's a whole heap of all kinds of horrors. Makes the UK shitshows look like amateur hour. Seriously, you may want to just stop now and save yourself from it, I wouldn't think any less of you for it.

All I can say is few things will likely be a total surprise.  :cry: I'm thinking about it before I say yeah though. Thanks. I'm frustrated enough for now and certainly not out of the woods on depression just yet either.

On a not entirely unrelated note I think I'll try to get more of my own story down tonight. Just my perspective and experience of violence as I said I would months ago now. It ties into other stuff though.
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Cain I just wanted to note that I stared at the reply box for several minutes on the child abuse investigation article after reading it, trying to compose myself..

The fact it's happening still
is a welcome sign to me
that not ALL the fruits have rotted
on the tip-top branches of the tree.

Poetry aside, I think I mostly need something to punch.

Was it the Dutroux one by any chance? If not, then you've probably got much worse to read yet. That entire thing is still easily in the top 10 worst things I've ever forced myself to read.

This article here. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37500878

What is this Dutroux? A Frenchman? I've never heard of. Got a link?

Cain had a good link to a long investigative piece, will try and dig it up if he's not got it handy. I'm sure he'll remember the one I'm talking about.

In short, belgian, be glad you've never heard of him / associated shit. I can't properly warn you enough about how grim it is though and given the subject matter I'm not saying that lightly. The larger implications of the whole thing are quite Fucked up too. It's a whole heap of all kinds of horrors. Makes the UK shitshows look like amateur hour. Seriously, you may want to just stop now and save yourself from it, I wouldn't think any less of you for it.



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I agree wholeheartedly with the stuff quoted in the OP.  Sex work is work.  Sex workers deserve the same respect as any other workers and condemning clients doesn't help.  I have no problem with someone paying for sex, or for companionship for that matter, or for some particular kink.  If we dragged sex work out of the shadows there would be a lot less trafficking, as it is trafficked people end up in jail for prostitution if they look for help.
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