Ellie spends a great deal of her time ‘fighting corners’ for those she sees as discriminated against no matter their gender, sexuality, colour, creed, age, ability or disability. For her the term “equality” mean not treating everyone the same, but as individuals, all with the same rights. She does not consider herself an activist, preferring to take things on based on individual merits. She likes to try and stand in other’s shoes to get an idea of what is going on for them and is vested in educating herself about those situations she has no idea about. She enjoys learning about other people’s experiences, beliefs, lifestyles, jobs, etc., and says her great gift is in never having lost that childlike quality to ask “why?” You can follow her at @countrymuso
“Education is a major key to bringing about a more understanding society and communities. You will not educate a bigot but you will help those in genuine need of wanting to understand.”
Emery Draven was born and raised in Iowa where she was the last of four children and only girl In her family. During her early, she suffered severe abuses resulting in mental disorders including Morbid Non-functional Depression, Chameleon disorder, and PTSD among others. She now lives in Colorado with her husband and three children. You can follow Emery at @EmeryDraven
TW. Emery's article contains reference to childhood sexual abuse.
I have long believed that the only way to protect the health and safety of sex workers is to decriminalise and regulate the industry. In this article I am not just discussing pornography, but prostitution as well. The idea that all sex workers are abused by virtue of their profession, is to say any act of sex is an act of abuse. If we were to regulate (as some other countries have) we could guarantee job related health care, and the confidence to report abuses without fear of repercussion. In addition, this is the only real way to prevent the type of abuse I suffered, from happening to other girls, boys, men, and women around our nation, if not our world.