“The President and the Porn Star”

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Your DGB for today is to think twice about how you talk about Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, and to support sex workers’ rights.

By now you’ve all heard the breathless news coverage of “the President and the PORN STAR!!!11!!!one!” Stephanie Clifford, a human woman, has been reduced to the punchline of a snickering joke. The implication is that it’s bad enough POTUS had an affair, but an affair with a “porn star” is even more shocking, demeaning, or distasteful. This attitude represents a mixture of misogyny and classism, with a sprinkle of Puritanism on top. Bottom line - if we’re feminists or womanists, if we believe that  “women’s rights are human rights,” then we need to show up for our sex worker sisters, too.

One way to do that is to stop participating in the dialogue that shames Stephanie Clifford for her job, that treats her like a joke, that implies Clifford’s work makes Trump’s infidelity somehow worse. Call out journalists and activists for their stereotyping, shaming, and bias. Another way is to support sex workers’ rights. For a gold star in allyship, support legislation that decriminalizes sex work.

And if you want to see what an unapologetic badass looks like, follow Clifford on Twitter. You will not be disappointed: @StormyDaniels.