[Ads-l] "slave" vs. "enslaved person" revisited?

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Sun May 22 09:31:58 EDT 2016

"Sex worker" is a broader term. All prostitutes are sex workers, but not all sex workers are prostitutes. Dominatrixes, strippers, internet cam-girls, porn actors are all sex workers, but they don't engage in prostitution. (Of course some of them do, but the usual job descriptions don't include the exchange of sex for money.)

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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Jonathan Lighter
Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2016 8:18 AM
Subject: Re: [ADS-L] "slave" vs. "enslaved person" revisited?

I thought we were supposed to say "sex worker."


On Sat, May 21, 2016 at 10:46 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
> Ah, but you're not *a prostitute* because your sex work doesn't define you!
>> On May 21, 2016, at 9:58 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Since you prostitute yourself, the noun seems strange.
>> On May 21, 2016 7:21 PM, "Laurence Horn" <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
>>> Last week's NYT Magazine had a cover story by Emily Bazelon 
>>> revisiting the criminal status of prostitution.  This weekend's 
>>> Magazine prints a letter to the editor from Gloria Steinem that 
>>> contains two references to "prostituted people" and none to "prostitute(s)".
>>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.nytimes.com_
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>>> Noun aversion again? (A quick browse of Google suggests that others 
>>> employ both terms, although I didn't try to see if they're used 
>>> interchangeably in such cases.)
>>> LH
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