Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance

Affirming Sexual Freedom as a Fundamental Human Right

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Sex Work

Sex work refers to a wide range of activity where sexual interaction is explicitly exchanged for something of value.

While the term “sex work” is often used as a synonym for “prostitution” other kinds of commercial sexual activity also fall under this umbrella. Erotic massage, fetish modeling, pornographic performance, phone sex, webcam work, and other commercial sexual exchanges may all be considered sex work.

Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance is concerned about consensual sex work because it represents the intersection of two fundamental human rights concerns: the right to earn an income, and the right to personal autonomy, the control of one’s body.

While many organizations conflate human trafficking with sex work, Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance is careful to conceptually separate the two and advocates for decriminalization of consensual sex work. We staunchly oppose coercion and exploitation in labor and migration but find that current draconian efforts to stigmatize and prosecute sex workers put them in harm’s way with unintended negative consequences. We fully support the right of individuals to earn an income and to define the kinds of sexual expression in which they would like to engage. We believe in more effective solutions to problems associated with sex work, solutions that affirm human dignity and freedom.

“Sex workers’ human rights have been violated in a variety of ways including violence but also by making sex workers invisible and not recognizing their input into issues that affect them, leading to situations in which sex workers’ concerns are sacrificed for propriety. Rights-based programming counters the two great pitfalls of programming with sex workers: not admitting that sex workers’ have agency and denying sex workers of their agency.”

-Melissa Ditmore, Ph.D., “The State of Sexual Freedom: Prostitution,” State of Sexual Freedom in the United States, 2010 Report. Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance.

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Key Issues

  • Sex Work

    Sex Work

    Sex work refers to a wide range of activity where sexual interaction is explicitly exchanged for something of value.

  • Sexual Speech and Expression

    Sexual Speech & Expression

    WSFA firmly believes that human beings possess a fundamental right to develop and express their sexuality.

  • Sexual Health & Rights

    Sexual Health & Rights

    Sexual Health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well being in relation to sexuality.

  • Integration of Sex and Religion

    Integration of Sex & Religion

    Sexuality and faith are two of the most deeply important and deeply personal aspects of human identity.

  • LGBT Rights

    LGBT Rights

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are entitled to the realization of the full spectrum of their human rights.

  • Civil Rights

    Civil Rights

    Civil rights are one sub-set of human rights that exist equal to and interdependent with multiple fundamental human rights.

  • Reproductive Rights

    Reproductive Justice

    Grounded in the human rights framework, reproductive justice refers to all of the conditions necessary for all people to enjoy reproductive freedom.

  • Sexuality Education

    Sexuality Education

    Every human being deserves access to medically accurate and inclusive information about sex and sexuality.

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