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Author, media pundit and activist Dan Savage appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” this past Friday, May 18.

Savage spoke at length about the need to destigmatize and decriminalize sex work, both for sex workers and for sex buyers.

Savage suggested, in addition to socializing men differently, destigmatizing and decriminalizing sex work would be beneficial.

“There are people out there who don’t have any social skills — and the Venn diagram of ‘no social skills’ and ‘incels’ is a circle,” he said.

Savage continued: “When you think of sex work and sex workers and decriminalizing and destigmatizing, it’s not just destigmatizing sex work for the sex worker, but also for the sex buyer – and what the culture says about someone who buys sex is that he’s a criminal, he’s a misogynist, he’s a monster, he’s a loser.”

“One of the things that gets said about the incels is ‘Why don’t they just go see sex workers?’ Well, they already feel like losers, so going to a sex worker is only going to make that worse, especially if they are prosecuted,” Savage explained. “There are some people who the only way they will ever get laid is to buy it — is to pay for it — and that shouldn’t be stigmatized.”