Oh my goodness. A "Porn University."

A "Porn University" opens in Medellin, Columbia

Seriously.  What is this world coming to?!

I almost choked on my tea when I came across this headline on Twitter.  On July 6, 2019, Exodus Cry tweeted, "World's First Porn University Opens."  Author Laila Mickelwait says, "Imagine if your daughter were faced with the decision, upon entering college, of whether to major in political science, biology or… porn and prostitution? That scenario is exactly where the logic of considering commercial sex as a legitimate job is leading.

A porn performer named Amaranta Hank recently found an opportunity to promote the sex industry, make money, and gain notoriety by opening her own “Porn University”—a “sex school” where students are taught how to make porn."

Mickelwait goes on to say, "Although this is the first of its kind, it is quite possible that in this porn-inspired culture the idea will spread into the mainstream. Those who stand to gain from the exploitation of others in the sex industry are aggressively promoting their agenda to normalize commercial sex, to a degree that it is being considered at even the highest levels of government as a “job like any other.” If it is indeed considered a job, profession, trade, or work then what would prevent universities from offering up degrees on being a sex object in sex industry?"

Unbelievable.  Or maybe not.  I've heard at least one of the Democratic presidential candidates call for decriminalization of the sex trade.  Learn more about that topic in the article below.

An Open Letter to All Presidential Candidates

On June 24, 2019, Rebecca Bender and Dr. Marian Hatcher, both survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking (and current leaders of organizations combatting trafficking) penned an "open letter" to presidential candidates following calls for candidates to state their position on decriminalizing the sex trade.  Portions of the open letter are included here: 

"Dear Presidential Candidates,

We, the undersigned survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking, have experienced years of abuse, violence, objectification, and dehumanization in the sex trade. We know first-hand the devastating harm and long-term trauma that happens as a result of being exploited in an industry predicated on racial, gender, and income inequality.

We are aware that candidates running for President are being asked for their positions on proposals to decriminalize the sex trade, and we are deeply alarmed, honestly horrified, by recent statements that suggest an openness to decriminalizing the sex trade in its entirety. We urge presidential candidates to learn from survivors the truth about the pervasive harms and suffering perpetrated by sex buyers, pimps, traffickers, and other exploiters before issuing statements about the sex trade."

Ms. Bender and Dr. Hatcher explain, "To be clear, we support decriminalizing people sold in prostitution, as we care deeply about their safety and well-being. We know all too well that marginalized groups are at higher risk for exploitation and therefore are especially vulnerable to the harms of the sex trade. But decriminalizing the sex trade in its entirety would have disastrous consequences. Do not be confused- full decriminalization means allowing pimps, sex buyers, and brothel owners to operate with impunity. Sex trafficking (including that of children) and organized crime increases when pimping and sex buying are legalized."

Click here to read the full letter.
Learn more about Rebecca Bender here. 
Learn more about Dr. Marian Hatcher here.

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