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Are Sex Workers Community Workers?

Are Sex Workers Community Workers?

Despite being the oldest profession, prostitution isn’t fully accepted by the society. In fact, there are some stigmas associated with this line of work. This being said, sex workers are said to perform a valuable community service. How we treat them gives a preview as to what kind of community we have.

Even if these ladies who serve the community engender good economic conditions, some argue that they are a blight on the society who undermine family morals. Can sex workers be considered as community workers? Or do they bring more harm than good in our society?

Are Sex Workers Community Workers?

Undoubtedly, prostitution has a strong impact in the community. For instance, this job is instrumental in the objectification of women. There are men who see women, especially prostitutes, as no more than an object. This kind of attitude explains why crimes are committed against women, in general. With prostitution, this mentality continues to persist in the community.

Basically, community workers are people who work for the welfare of his/her community. Sex workers can be considered as community workers, well, in certain aspects. One, communities where there is prostitution have a good economic system.  However, this is not always the case, particularly in poverty-stricken communities.

Prostitutes also give attention and affection to certain people in the community. If social workers attend to the people’s social needs, sex workers address their sexual needs. There are instances where spending a night with a prostitute helps rebuild the self-confidence of men who just got out of a relationship.

Despite the positive outcomes brought by sex work, the sex trade is seen as a menace to the society. Many attribute their involvement in prostitution because of destitution and unemployment, which is not completely true. Greed and the intense desire for easy money are more responsible for their engagement in the sex trade. Such reasons morally corrupt the society. Moreover, some say that a morally upright individual won’t sacrifice his/her dignity and self-respect for money.

In certain religions, such as Islam, promiscuous sex practices and adultery are prohibited. These are considered as serious transgressions that have repercussions on the society. Furthermore, numerous evidences have shown that prostitution makes a mess of marriages, families, lives, spirit and soul.

Unheralded Community Services: Dark Ties That Bind Us

Unheralded Community Services: Dark Ties That Bind Us

Admit it or not, there’s a social stigma on industries related to prostitution and drug trade, mainly because these are illegal. But little do people know that these “underground businesses” service the unmet needs of some members of the community. When you examine how brothels serve the community or how some recreational drugs are helping people, you will realise that these things are not always as negative as portrayed in the media. Here are some of them:

Sex for the Disabled

In a survey conducted by the Observer in 2008, 70 percent of the respondents said that they won’t have a sexual relationship with people with disabilities (PWDs). As sad as it may sound, that is one of the harsh realities in life. Fast forward to 2014, a British lady announced that she plans to open a brothel for the disabled people. Guess what? PWDs also like sex.

Before, PWDs do not have the confidence to be with a fully-abled man or woman. What’s worse is that some had completely closed their doors on having sex with the people they desire. But now, a handful of sex workers in the United Kingdom have started to service those who are physically incapacitated. According to these escorts, sex is a basic right that every human should be able to enjoy. However, this right is considered as a luxury for PWDs. For them, providing sex services to the disabled is a step in changing how people see PWDs as members of our society.

Marijuana for Managing Pain

Marijuana is still illegal in most parts of the world. That being said, there are countries that allow the use of marijuana or cannabis, as part of the patient’s medical treatment. For instance, Canada is regulating the possession of cannabis through the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations. However, marijuana is still considered as prohibited drug in the country.

Even if there are establishments that sell marijuana for medical purposes, there are still some people who can’t access these facilities for various reasons. As a result, they purchase cannabis from people who sell them on the street.

Nowadays, the social stigma about marijuana use is starting to fade. Thanks to progressive scientific studies, marijuana has become the pain buddy of people who are suffering from chronic pain.

Pest Control: It’s a Community Issue

Pest Control: It’s a Community Issue

Urban areas with high population density create insect infestation opportunities – and why should cockroach control be the sole responsibility of home-owners or shopkeepers? Cockroach infestations spread quickly from dwelling to dwelling – surely the councils should be backing up the residents with community pest control campaigns?

Cockroach infestation is an issue that should not be taken for granted. A huge number of homes are invaded by these pests on a regular day to day basis making them not an isolated case but a community issue that affects quite a large number of individuals all over the world.

Pests most notably the cockroaches do harbor dangerous germs around them and this is because they live in areas such as the bathrooms, drains and dumpsters where bacteria populate. This is the reason why many consider cockroaches are among the worst urban pests and a number of individuals cower in fear the moment they see one.  It should be noted that while most of these cockroaches do not bite or sting, some species have been found to harm humans. Such cases are rare however, in a community that is heavily infested with these insects it is important to practice caution when dealing with these pests as they can nibble on fingernails, toes and soft parts of the skin causing wounds. During these cases, these pests tend to cause allergies which trigger an undesirable reaction due to their saliva secretion and body parts contain hundreds of allergens. As a result, people often suffer from skin rashes, sneezing and watery eyes with their encounter with cockroaches.

Cockroaches are indeed troublesome especially when they start to spread. A question that has been brought up earlier is that should cockroach control be the sole responsibility of home-owners or shopkeepers? Homeowners or shopkeepers are not entirely at fault when cockroach infestations occur. It should be noted that these pests tend to spread quickly moving from one how owner to another. Their need to expand is very much an issue especially since cockroach can either fly or perhaps crawl their way inside homes and other establishments. This is the reason why councils are required to back up the residents with community pest control campaigns before it gets worse and become an outbreak.

There are a number of pest control campaigns that are being done in the present. Sharing valuable information on how to deal with cockroach infestation is one of them. Knowledge does indeed play an important role in keeping pests out of our homes. However, this only works for homes and offices that have not been invaded by cockroaches yet. If worse comes to worst, the government will take charge in working hand in hand with pest control agencies to come up with a timely and effective pest control solution. Of course, we ourselves should take part in dealing with these pest troubles especially since this is a community issue. By cooperating with the people around you, the community will become a much safer place that is free of these pests.

Yesterday’s Rock Audience Is Today’s Hearing Loss Community

Head bangers of the sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties are now banging their heads against a brick wall without the help of Pink Floyd. They are doing so out of frustration with the fact that they have damaged their hearing through self-abuse, and I am not talking about masturbation. We used to lose ourselves in the sound, immerse ourselves in stacks of Marshall amps pumping out bone jarring bass notes and love every minute of it. Loud music was the exclusive domain of all of us disaffected youth, and whether you believed that or not at the time, the people who ran the venues did.

Yesterday’s Rock Audience Is Today’s Hearing Loss Community

Electronic music or amplified music changed the stakes from the nineteen fifties onwards. Sound volume often excused lack of musical talent, if you could not play your instruments well, you could still play them loud. Punk rock built its short moment of celebrity on that basis. Grunge rock, likewise, turned the volume way up. Heavy metal was always the televised wrestling equivalent in the popular music business. Teenage boys with long hair shook their tresses as they banged their heads to the boom boom boom of the bass and drums. Yesterday’s rock audience is today’s hearing loss community; and what did you say Sonny?

Otosclerosis is not caused by exposure to loud music, it is a condition that most people are born with, or it can be triggered by a virus like measles. It does cause profound hearing loss and it involves abnormal bone growth in the middle ear. The ear is a fascinating part of the human body and the hearing sense plays a large part in how we experience the world around us. Many of us are unaware how important our ears and their hearing ability is to everything we do. It is only when we have hearing difficulties caused by things like otosclerosis or sustained exposure to loud music, that we find out how vital our hearing truly is.

Better health for people living in wealthy Western nations around the globe, means that we are living longer. A longer life expectancy means you’re deaf for longer, and for those who have damaged their hearing permanently through head banging in their youth, or exposure to damaging levels of sound through work or misadventure, it can be a prolonged tragedy. Tell your kids to watch out at those raves whilst high on recreational drugs, it may not be the drugs that get you, but rather the speakers blaring out the sounds at the venue.

Community Legal Services: Free Legal Aid and Beyond

The big issue with community legal services: Free legal aid and beyond is the difficulty in qualifying for it. Stringent financial qualifying conditions make it no certainty for the majority of people to receive free legal aid. In the Land of the Lawyer justice is no level playing field, money will always buy you more bang for your buck in the courtroom. Community legal services will always be the poor relation when it comes to defending your rights against injustice. Wealth speaks in a loud voice in a capitalist society and deeper pockets most often prevail in the majority of legal disputes.

Community Legal Services: Free Legal Aid and Beyond

Hollywood films like to portray the victory of the underdog, especially the odd David and Goliath story between the down trodden individual and corporate America. I say odd, because it rarely ever happens in reality; and when it does, it is such an anomaly it is worth making a movie about. Grab a big star like Julie Roberts and dress her down in unsuitable clothes and make-up for the first half of the film; turning a silk purse into a sow’s ear, believe it or not. Maybe, throw in a legal representative with substance abuse problems, and then, turn it all around in a narrative about redemption; there you have the formula for box office success.

The idea of community legal services and free legal aid is a worthy one, but does the reality meet the sentiment? Legal advice in Sydney often informs the client that they do not qualify for legal aid, because they cannot prove their poverty. In my own experience in a custody matter involving my ex-wife and our children, I was forced to fill out copious amounts of financial statements, which I was happy to do. I was appointed the junior lawyer in the firm and was informed many weeks later that I had failed to establish my case for legal aid. In the meantime, I was estranged from my children and unable to prosecute my case against my ex-wife over my access rights to my children.

Personal injury lawyers are not legal aid lawyers; they do not work for nothing. They usually take a third or more of the action if successful. No win no fee, is their kind of charity. This kind of justice is reflective of the economic system we live in, mistakenly called free enterprise, but there is nothing free about anything.

Community Recycling and Waste Management

Community recycling and waste management are both only in the nascent stages of their development. We may think that we have been recycling for years and that the job is well on its way to being completed, but that is a furphy. In many ways recycling has been at the very bottom of our waste management to do lists, in terms of government spending and infrastructure. Sure the trucks may have been collecting the contents of those yellow-lidded bins every month, or two weeks, for years, but what has been happening to all those recyclables after that?

Community Recycling and Waste Management

The answer is not as much as could have been happening. The separation of all those different recyclables into aluminium, glass, paper and cardboard, and all the other categories has been a slow process at these waste management facilities. For many years, recyclables made their way into general landfill far too often. Still today, if residents do not dispose of their recyclables correctly, as in the case of bagging up their recyclable waste, it will stay in landfill. Recyclables must be loose and unbagged when put in the yellow-lidded bin.

Community recycling and waste management are now entering a far more sophisticated stage of their development in Western countries around the globe. In cities with proactive town councils, and state governments, waste is being managed at new levels. Recycling is really happening, and the industry as a whole is growing in reach and effectiveness. Green governments are upping the ante in terms of the percentage of waste being recycled and taking the toxins out of the system. Electrical waste is much more of an issue these days with our love of technology and local government agencies are getting more of this type of waste out of the general landfill.

The community continues to be empowered to recycle by government incentives, such as money in return for deposits of recyclables like glass and aluminium. In this throwaway world that we live in, we must all take more responsibility for how we throw things away. Recycling is a community issue and councils are connecting on Facebook with their constituents, letting them know about specialist waste management days. There are drives for particular types of waste on special days every month and incentives in terms of no charge deposits at rubbish depos. Community recycling and waste management is at the beginning of a new growth cycle.