There has been a lot of media chatter over the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman. There are also photos circulating, "memes" that are in terrible taste. There seems to be nothing that is beyond the pale of public decency anymore. It appears we focus on the "star" and forget the children he left behind, the actors he let down who looked up to him, and his many fans, whose hearts are hurting.
Why do I cover this event on Because She Matters? Because the vast majority of those in the sex industry use drugs. Whether they begin stripping or prostituting to pay for their escalating drug use or begin to use to numb the pain of sex work, the fact remains that drug use is epidemic in sex workers.
As I repeatedly respond to angry sex workers who comment about my "anti sex-work stance," I am not anti sex work per se. If you enjoy what you do, that is your business. But if you are using mind-numbing drugs to continue in the sex industry, you may want to ask yourself, "How's that working for me?"
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