Same Story; Different SettingCategory: General   Nov 7th 2015  12:20PM   0

I read recently in the Atlantic about the NY Feds sending a message to Wall Street in a closed door meeting: "Clean up your act." Seemed like a fair message. Also wholly ineffective without a plan of action to back it up. 

Christine Largarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, spoke on the systematic ethical problems plaguing Wall Street. Specifically, Largarde cautioned against “banker-bashing mode,” and instead pushed for a focus on individual accountability along with swift enforcement within the companies. “So if the financial industry is to put people before profits, and society before shareholders, we need to see a change in the values and behavior of individuals themselves. We need a culture that holds individuals accountable for the consequences of their behavior—good and bad.”

This situation perfectly parallels what I blogged about last week, the feckless go-to tactic of almost every sex worker ever: "Hey men, clean up your act and be nice." The difference is, words don't change or recreate culture (no matter how many of them you write) and actual brainstorming is taking place in NY for actual (proactive and viable) tactics.

Inequality and abuse are everywhere, from the sex industry to Wall Street. From entitled, manipulative clients to the long, slow strangulation of the middle-class. If sex workers refuse to enforce boundaries or enact consequences on an individual level, they'll never get ahead. They're as doomed as labor unions. A bigger joke than our dysfunctional US Congress.

You have to be the change you want to see in the world. Apply your core principles of courage, empowerment, and self-respect to each and every interaction throughout your day. Calling out offenders and cleaning up the weeds and litter and toxic waste in your own yard before driving through the neighborhood with a megaphone yelling "Be nice!" all day. 

It's about accountability. Find your voice, state your needsown your shit. Then get on the soapbox (as I have). Maybe you'll end up in the Atlantic instead of a random Twitter feed or Jezebel thread. Maybe not, but you'll definitely have less to complain about (as I have). 

These concepts of consequences and boundaries are not new or novel. Maybe the managing director of the International Monetary Fund is reading my blog but she probably came up with that idea herself. It's been around a while ... about as long as sex work, in fact.

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