Commonwealth Policy Center

Teen Vogue recently ran a column entitled “Why Sex Work is Real Work.” Today, “sex work” is used synonymously with prostitution and the story uplifts it as a legitimate line of work. So how does a story like this get into a magazine targeted toward 13-year-old girls? It used to be that prostitution was viewed as the devaluing of women and enforces the stereotype that the most important aspect of women is their sexuality. The story has generated a lot of controversy, largely because it promotes a sexual liberation narrative to 13-year-olds. Teens are highly impressionable. They look to adults for direction and they often get their cues from culture. But in the case of Teen Vogue Magazine, the message they sent to teens was irresponsible and truly undermines the dignity of women.