• NYT, Pro-Family Institute Agree(!): Prostitution, S*x-Trafficking Must Be Called What They Actually Are …

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    Surge Summary: The liberal outlet New York Times AND pro-family Ruth Institute agree on something(!): Prostitution and sex-trafficking should not be referred to as “sex work”. Call these activities by terms that identify the horrors which they actually represent.

    by The Ruth Institute

    “To have the New York Times publish a piece that agrees with us about the importance of word usage is shocking, but welcome,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

    Pamela Paul wrote about women’s rights advocates, anti-traffickers, and former prostitutes who gathered in New York to not only combat the city’s sex trade business, but to rally against the euphemisms, ‘sex work’ and ‘sex worker.’

    “Even otherwise conservative media outlets, such as The New York Post, have fallen into the unconscious habit of using this terminology,” Morse said.

    Morse noted that these euphemisms are used to confer legitimacy. “For instance, homosexual becomes ‘gay,’ pornography is transformed into the more neutral ‘adult entertainment,’ and prostitution morphs into ‘sex work’.”

    “These terms are meant to normalize activities which should be deplored and combated by any decent society. They imply that prostitution is voluntary, as if a woman or child makes this a career choice, when we know that many are trafficked. Some are kidnapped and sold into slavery, others are lured into it and then held against their will.”

    “The popularity of the summer’s surprise blockbuster, The Sound of Freedom, which has earned $177 million to date, shows the growing public awareness of the horrors of child trafficking, a $150 billion global criminal enterprise.”

    “Besides fighting the crime itself, we must oppose anything which confers legitimacy on this evil,” Morse urged.

    “Words express ideas, which in turn shape actions. Let’s stop using euphemisms to distort the evil of prostitution.”

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    Image: Adapted from: Wilfredo Rafael Rodriguez Hernandez – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=86295788

    The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

    Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse has a Ph.D. in economics and has taught at Yale and George Mason University. She is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives, Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook Up World, and Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village.

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