In regards to the porn star Anthony Weiner was involved with, someone told me that she said, “All I wanted was to talk about politics.”* They laughed and basically said “What does she expect?! She’s a porn star.”
You know what she expected? She expected to be treated like a person. It is true that people are often equated with their jobs. If you meet a realtor you want to talk realestate and with a writer you want to talk writing. When those people complain that “All anyone wants to talk to me about is my job,” we would all think, “yeah, I bet that sucks.” But all a porn star gets is “What do you expect?”
This is ridiculous. For sex workers, porn stars, prostitutes, stripers and anyone else you can think of, sex is, in some capacity or another, their job. You may not approve of their job, but there are plenty of other, more culturally and legally accepted, jobs that lots of people disapprove of. This could include butcher (for us vegetarians), lawyers, cops, IRS agents, politicians or any number of jobs. The only reason sex worker is in a separate category is because our society holds sex in a category all its own.
I don’t want to argue here whether or not that separate category makes sense. I want to point out that “porn star” is a job. In fact, it may be a job that makes that individual happier than your job makes you. Even if it doesn’t, it certainly does not make them less than you or anyone else. It is a job and does not tell you anything about that person other than how they make money**. It doesn’t tell you if they like rock climbing, reading the complete works of Shakespeare every year or volunteer rescuing injured wild birds. It certainly does not tell you their level of political involvement or interest.
*I don’t know if she actually said this. I am interested to know, but it is not the point of my post. The point is the reaction it got.
**That’s a bit simplified, I’ll admit. It does tell you that they likely have had a higher than average number of sexual partners, but with regular regulated testing and proper protection that is/wouldn’t a huge problem. And the only people it is a concern for is any future sexual partners.