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We love you so much. That’s why we’re stabbing you repeatedly in the face.


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Renegade Evolution (who is brill) has a rather lovely takedown of a particular poster’s, um, “arguments” against supporting sex workers. Not the porn industry, not porn itself, but sex workers.

Think on that for a second.

Now, look, I don’t want to become all “no true Scotsman”-ey. I know that there are problems with an industry that men construct to serve male pleasure. I know that there are feminist issues with working in such an industry. I know that an enormous amount of porn is explicitly degrading to women, and in fact, if someone says, “porn is degrading to women,” I am not inclined to disagree.

But when someone says, “You don’t support sex workers,” and your response is, “Well, we also don’t support drug dealers, bank robbery, embezzlement, arson, murder and a host of other things even tho women do them. Oh! How rude of feminists not to support all the choices of women!” then you Do. Not. Get. It.

You are not a true feminist, and I am revoking your card, and it was Andrea Dworkin who died and put me in charge.

You can critique the sex industry. You can critique sex work. I will even allow that you can critique the decision to go into sex work, but I would not do it, because you do not know all of the everything it is to be her, and unless you are willing to wrest agency out of her hands, I would suggest you not imply that she is acting the role of a puppet, rather than a person.

The thing you absolutely cannot, cannot do is say that sex workers are not women who deserve fair pay, worker’s compensation, and all the other rights afforded to people doing what is, in fact, relatively taxing, dangerous work. You especially cannot do this by making an appeal to the bloody criminal justice system, which is not precisely a floating orb of social justice, vacuum-insulated from the patriarchy that birthed it.

I don’t want national borders to exist, but that doesn’t mean I ought to say, “Immigrant women? Fuck ‘em. They broke the law, don’tcha know?”. I don’t want race to exist, but that doesn’t mean I get a free pass to ignore the particular issues faced by women who are not of mine. I don’t want capitalism to exist, but that doesn’t make the gendered effects of poverty somehow not a feminist issue.

You don’t want the for-men-controlled-by-men sex industry to exist but that does not give you the ability to, as a “feminist,” shit on women doing sex work. It does not give you the ability to erase their agency. It does not give you the ability to erase their rights. It does not give you the ability to erase them.

Seriously.

Fuck.

5 Responses to “We love you so much. That’s why we’re stabbing you repeatedly in the face.”

  1. Sarah J Says:

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    Seriously.

    Appeals to the criminal justice system are especially fucked because it’s always been used as a way to police women’s sexual conduct. Good god.

    But let’s just call it like we see it, and say that some feminists aren’t interested in real social justice, they just want to institute their rules instead of patriarchal rules.

  2. Chris Says:

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    Under this logic, we might as well blame sweatshop workers for the sweatshop industry…

  3. belledame222 Says:

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    Not that there aren’t people nearly as fuckwitted about this particularly who aren’t as, well, special as lucky is overall; still, it is somewhat worth bearing in mind that this is an individual who believes that the y chromosome is a “mutation” and that Divine Retribution is imminent in the form of simply -evolving- males out of existence, via partheogenesis. as in, she herself has four daughters and no sons because she -willed- it so.

    no, I’m really not kidding.

  4. violet Says:

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    Who exactly is Lucky? Does she have a blog or is all this from comments threads scattered every whichaway?

    She’s not completely off. The Y chromosome—like the entirety of every genome of every animal on the face of the earth—is a mutation. You could even argue that it’s a harmful mutation which leads to afflicted people having these negative social tendencies, but like most hypotheses rooted in biological determinism, I have absolutely no idea how you would test such a thing. Also, in the next twenty years or so, we’ll likely figure out how to let women produce biological children without any men in the picture at all.

    I prophesy that the process will be slightly more involved than wishing really, really hard.

    (And now I’ve spent the last hour on Wikipedia reading about genetic sex determination and reproduction. Thanks, Wiki.)

  5. sandra Says:

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    hi just founds your website and read a bit :) quite nice
    i thinks you are a lesbian too, irght?
    would love to talks to you if you wants to

    i also thinks that males are more or less mutants and i thinks when soon the are not needed to producing children they will disappear. future is lesbian :)

    bye
    sandra

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