“Sex Work Isn’t a Bad Term,” Says a Book for High School Students
Prostitution – nbd.
A new woke book that compares sex work to honorable jobs as store clerk and architect – “Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression” – is accessible to teenagers in NYC and some parents are not happy about it.
The 208-page tome is available to public high school students as part of the city’s Department of Education’s awakened “mosaic” curriculum, which Bill de Blasio introduced during his final months as mayor in 2021 to an attempt to make teaching materials more “diverse”.
“Over time, sex work has evolved from something common and even celebrated to something highly stigmatized,” author Iris Gottlieb writes in a section of the book titled “’Sex Work’ Is Not a Bad. Term”, trumpeting prostitution as “one of the oldest occupations in history.
“An important thing to note is that sex work is work. It’s a job like a store clerk, an architect, or a freelance writer. Unfortunately, we all have to work to earn a living,” the book reads.
Big Apple public high school students can access the book for free on their Sora app accounts, which provides access to an extensive digital library of books.
Maud Maron, a public school parent running for Congress, ripped DOE officials for making the book readily available to high school students to read without parental consent.
“Prostitution is not equivalent to other forms of work,” said the Manhattan Democrat and mother of four public school children.
“Politicians will have their picture taken after putting on an apron and flipping pancakes at a charity event, even if they’re not short-lived cooks,” she said. “But they will not kneel down to [sexually service] clients. To say that sex work is typical “is a lie, and everyone knows it”.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorinowho has made coal weeding of schools across the state a key part of his campaign, also stated that “Seeing Gender” has no place on a DOE-sanctioned app.
“There’s a reason there’s a stigma attached to sex work,” the former Westchester County executive said. “We don’t want women or men to be in that position and have to deal with the dangerous part of it” like STDs or violence. “I can’t imagine a parent expecting their child to grow up to be a sex worker one day.”
Numerous studies have shown that sex workers have much higher rate of victims of violent crime than others, including one who found they had 32-55% chance of experiencing sexual violence in any given year.
A public school mother from Queens said it was “deeply concerning” that the DOE was “coming up with a book that would normalize sex workers.”
“Being inclusive is important, but regardless of gender identity, what kind of message does that send?” said the mother.
The book, which is not taught in the classroom, is the latest example of DOE reading material coming under fire from politicians and parents for allegedly pushing a leftist agenda.
Other examples include a book aimed at 10- and 11-year-olds that pokes fun at religion while glorifying Socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, and another aimed at children 5 and under that blames white people for creating the concept of race.
DOE spokeswoman Nicole Brownstein defended making Seeing Gender available to students.
“Our public schools don’t shy away from using books that teach history to our students and can be used to deepen their understanding of the world around them,” she said.
“We hope our high school students understand that books represent the opinions of their authors and value access to varied opinions, including those that are controversial. We value and honor our students’ perspectives and identities, and we offer families the opportunity to have their voices heard on topics such as textbook selections.
Additional reporting by Maddie Panzer.