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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun May 22 09:45:09 EDT 2016


> On May 22, 2016, at 8:18 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> I thought we were supposed to say "sex worker."
> 
> JL

Ah, but that's a broader category.  A phone sex operator is a sex worker but not a prostituted person.  Note the subsequent letter: 
"Not all sex workers sell sex: Cam performers, porn performers, strippers and sensual-massage workers are some other examples of sex workers." 


LH

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> 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:
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>>> 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_2016_05_22_magazine_the-2D5-2D816-2Dissue.html-3F-5Fr-3D0&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=WtEd4Au7h3kPBYFA5-COCrZQAI_koY3NCpQxAoCMt4c&s=0OVj2hK-TjjFCe_7uLSXk3n9QKF5ZnVUm46tvt2Zmtw&e=
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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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