Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you?
Language can actually have a profound impact. Language shapes our “normal” — the way we think, the way we feel about something and the way we pass those thoughts and feelings on to others.
How does language affect the sex work community?
A journalist’s choice of words can impact and cause harm to the sex work community in many ways:
- Conflation of sex work with human trafficking
- Perpetuation of stereotypes
- Removal of agency
See our full resource for more details on how your language matters and the implications for im/migrant women engaged in sex work.
Check out SWAN’s summary of the harms of anti-trafficking for sex workers.
See here for a resource on how journalistic representation directly affects im/migrant women engaged in sex work — in the women’s own words.