Cassandra Smith

Melbourne Victoria, Australia

About Cassandra

Bio

I am currently studying a Masters of Public Health, to compliment a Bachelor in Pharmacy (Honours) that I already hold. The reason why I am pursuing this line of study, is that I feel that the world of (in particular retail) pharmacy is becoming less of a "profession" and more a glorified retail worker. Given the majority of pharmacist in Australia work in the retail sector, I am looking to stand out and take my skills to a new platform.

I'm passionate about

Reducing stigma around persons with addiction issues. Sexual health. Decriminalising drug possession - using helpful tactics such as rehabilitation instead of jail time. Decriminalising sex work.

Talk to me about

Health, sex work, addiction

Comments & conversations

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Cassandra Smith
Posted 5 months ago
Without conflating trafficked persons, why should Sex Work be criminalised or decriminalised?
When drugs are involved, it's always bad. 90% of sex work docos focus on the extremes. Poverty/high class/trafficking. 90% of workers don't fall into these groups. While not taking away from their stories, it's important to know normal sex work isn't doco material. The workers I know lead lives exactly like someone who works in an office outside of work. That's boring! Based on this doco, imagine if sex work was legal & these women could access support services of addiction, abusive partners, counsellors. Would this have changed their outcomes? That's what I'm interested in. Ensuring that all sex workers (and the majority are women) are able to access these services without fear of arrest, or persecution. Currently, sex workers are scared to access services for the fear of the judgement they will get.
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Cassandra Smith
Posted 5 months ago
Without conflating trafficked persons, why should Sex Work be criminalised or decriminalised?
No, I work in health & study sexual health as part of my masters. My view comes from working with sex workers as it's the field I've chosen to study. I'm also passionate about addiction care, which doesn't overlap with sex work as outsiders may believe. If I thought sex work was the right choice for me, I would work. If it was less demonised I would work. But since my view point is clouded by people who are sex workers, I wanted an outsiders POV. Outing sex workers, no matter your interest, is also a heated topic given stigma that surrounds their work. So tread lightly if you think others on here might be sex workers. I've seen sex workers who are outed have their lives destroyed by the stigma sex work carries. That's why I'm pro-decriminalisation. To reduce stigma & pain that keeping their work secret causes.
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Cassandra Smith
Posted 5 months ago
Without conflating trafficked persons, why should Sex Work be criminalised or decriminalised?
The preferred term is "sex work/workers" as prostitute is considered a slur as it's used to dehumanise sex workers. That aside, many sex workers are students, uneducated people, all walks of life. You can't generalise. I do know a few ladies where sex work (this include porn) who DID want to enter into this form of work. In your line of thinking, what child what's to grow up & sit in an office all day doing unpaid overtime in a job they hate? (Just saying most kids have no clue what they want & criminalised sex work ensues this line of thinking. I'd rather a parent do sex work & be able to feed & house their family than not be able to on welfare or minimum wage).
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Cassandra Smith
Posted 5 months ago
Does sex need an analogy?
I do not see the need for analogies when it comes to sex education. It seems silly and more so, confusing. This is a story I heard (no reference) where analogies where used: "They (men in an African village I guess based on the story I was told...) were taught to use condoms by educators placing condoms on broomstick then instructing the men that this is how they practice safe sex. When the educators realised no reduction in pregnancy or STI rates were occurring, they went back. They observed that men placed the condoms on the broomsticks and had unprotected sex, believing they were protected since the condom was on the broomstick". I know it sounds fake, but its real enough to happen!