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Serious Question: Kid GIFS on Sex Work Twitter?

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A while back I noticed someone commenting on kid gifs around sex worker twitter – something along the lines of “can we stop this please?” and it got me wondering what the general consensus was, since I kept seeing people using them.

So I tweeted out a quick poll.

This isn’t all that scientific to be sure, but I think the response is telling.

I heard from people on both sides of this.

If it isn’t being used in a sexual way, isn’t this just innocent fun?

On one side, folks don’t see a problem with this as long as they aren’t being used in a malicious or sexual way, and they aren’t wrong. Ultimately it’s probably harmless and it probably only elicits a little chuckle here and there.

kid gifs in sex workers twitter
Just a bit of innocent humour, right?

But on the other side of the issue:

That’s someone’s kid being injected into an 18+ environment.

Clearly it’s not a black and white issue.

Few issues are so straightforward. But I think that divide might be enough to warrant thinking for a moment next time you find yourself responding with that cuute kid gif.

I think Marla said it best:

When in doubt, just be mindful. 🙂

What do you think?

Please feel free to continue this conversation in the comments section below.

I’ll be around!


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