Death After Dishonor

In commemorating the victims of last month’s shooting at local massage parlors, the Atlanta media looked like family members giving duplicitous praise for deceased relatives they ransacked during their lifetime. Sadly, one way for anyone close to the sex industry to be respected in America is to be shot in a senseless massacre.

“We remember the four women now identified as victims on Piedmont Road as loving mothers and good friends”, WSB Anchor Lori Wilson said days after a gunman opened fire on three massage parlors in the metro area, killing eight people.

The following news segment featured a photo of one of the victims with her two sons, one of whom spoke about her mother’s nighttime ritual of checking on her boys to make sure they were okay. Another report described the anguish of a husband separated from his fatally injured wife after “the newlyweds went for a romantic night massage.”

The media focused on racial elements of a white gunman targeting Asian women, and a podunk sheriff’s spokesman downplaying Christian terrorism by saying the sexually deranged gunman “had a bad day.” News organizations have yet to consider how their coverage of Asian massage parlors before the shooting uniformly characterized these “loving mothers and good friends” as threats to an area’s residents and property values, or a “Romantic night massage” like a crime.

TV crews spent countless weeks integrating law enforcement into raiding massage parlors, adult bookstores, and other places where consenting parties engaged in mutual (or assisted) masturbation. ), oral sex and intercourse – whether for satisfaction or for pay. The same photo collages released to mourn recent shooting victims have been used by news agencies to display photos of clients and employees who may soon be on a sex offender registry.

Located just off Cheshire Bridge Road, the massage parlors fit the profile of this Atlanta Magazine classified as “less than desirable businesses” in 2013, when then-city council member Alex Wan was trying to unravel the Atlanta red light bulb. Wan, who is gay, has derided the opposition to his campaign by accusing his critics of reducing “the gay agenda. [to] Bars and sex clubs open 24 hours a day.

Sadly, gay men can be just as condescending to sex workers as the corporate media or complacent politicians. It’s unclear whether the most popular online activity for gay men culminates in pornographic videos or denigrates performers, a dichotomy that sits on the same twisted spectrum that made the Atlanta shooter so crave for Asian women. that he was supposedly trying to murder his temptation. .

The men in the clips, like the women in the salons or the dancers on stage, offer invaluable escape, erotic education, camaraderie, and couples therapy, but they are seen as classless or criminals by the time they seek counseling. compensation. They are beloved sisters and sons, helpful neighbors and active parents, until they come to work and become unwanted.

We must not take bullets to give dignity to their experiences, nor death for the media and our society to recognize their humanity. Having been on the LGBTQ agenda since before Wan or I hit puberty, the freedom to fuck isn’t just about orgasms, but ensuring that sexual pleasure and competence are no longer grounds for denial of sexuality. thanks.

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