The discourse around sex work is currently around the victimization and stigmatization of women providing the services. I translated a prevailing taboo into a design intervention to explore and imagine how sex work might look like if it would be considered a legitimate and acceptable occupation.
By collaborating through the framework of speculative design, the team made critical questions. For example, is it possible to change the mindset around sex work using legal regulation, social change and/or design? Would the service still be as appealing if the worker had control of the exchange of services?
A series of artifacts were designed aimed at illuminating a sex worker’s choice and her right to safety from disease, physical safety, economic stability and access to social mobility. Through artifacts we asked, can sex work ever be considered an "acceptable" profession?
Through objects, Body Commodity provides an opportunity to imagine how sex work would look like if it would be a legitimized and acceptable profession.
Using speculative design to enable social understanding and a critical conversation to address sex work beyond current barriers and stigmas.
Role: Speculative Designer & Product Designer
Collaborators: Kelly L. Anderson & Rachelle Thai
Project selected for inclusion at How Things Don't Work Exhibition. Parsons, Fall 2014.