Many people are unaware that the so-called “Nordic Model” is actively harmful and dangerous to humans whose business is sex.
What workers actually want is decriminalisation, known as Decrim for short.
As we celebrate International Sex Worker’s Day, let’s remember that the lived experience of workers is the ultimate authority on what workers need.
The red umbrella is the symbol of support for sex workers. I bought tiny red umbrella earrings and a pretty new red dress in case I was able to go to marches this year, but I am only a few days out from my second vaccine shot, and feeling pretty unwell.
I got these beautiful domed antique brass frames, made in Germany, last Fall.
I found them on German eBay. I got a half dozen of them, they are tiny and very lovely, and I wanted to do something special with them.
I decided to embroider the Red Umbrella, which is the international symbol of solidarity with sex workers. The one below is in the Black Trans Flag colors, as well as the rainbow for Pride- I used superfine holographic thread and hundreds and hundreds of stitches.
Black leadership tells us to center the most marginalized.
To listen to what sex workers tell us they need, and work to help them get it.
Maybe someday every home will have the symbol of solidarity with sex workers.
Maybe someday every home will declare itself a safe space for the most vulnerable people in society, the people who have to work to live and yet are never given the protections of workers.
I have known and loved sex workers since I was a teen; I learn more all the time about how to listen to what they are telling me they need.
The most urgent need for sex workers all over the world is the Decriminalization of Sex Work. Not the Nordic Model, not legalization and government regulation – Decrim.
Decriminalize sex work NOW.
Here are some of the reasons why sex workers tell us that Decrim is the model they want.
Here is an extremely useful article on how to make sex workers’ lives easier.
Read “Revolting Prostitutes: The fight for Sex Workers’ Rights”.
Now more than ever, when so many sworkers can’t work because of COVID-19 yet are excluded from government support in most countries, donate to sex workers’ aid funds.