Recently, there has been a major backlash by women naming themselves as feminists while at the same time supporting the status quo of the sex trade.
Oh sorry, they may do some minor tinkering with the conditions that prostituted women work in – important point, they will discount anything uncomfortable, such as prostituted who are under-aged or prostituted women who they believe were forced into the sex trade.
In other words, these “feminists” can paint a pretty picture of prostitution, for they close down as much reality as possible.
In other words, these women can name themselves as feminists, and at the same time abandoned a whole class of women and girls named as the prostituted. Abandoned to the normal sadism that is the sex trade – be that rape on an industrialised scale, be that made into nothing but porn-toy that punters and profiteers will use and throw away, be that having the higher rate of murder of any class of women and girls.
Ignore that – and dare to call yourself a feminist – then don’t expect me to respect you or even bother to listen to your nonsense.
I know you like to make it clean and tidy by speaking of sex workers, and then go on to general chat about how everything will be fine and dandy if sex workers were inside some union.
It sounds wonderful, until you unpack who benefits from the prostituted being named as workers.
It is not the average prostituted women, and certainly not the prostituted who work on the streets who mainly come from abusive backgrounds, are overwhelmingly not white and middle-class, doing it out of economical need, and may have addictions. It is not for the prostituted trapped inside brothels, sex clubs or saunas – with managers who don’t give a shit about their rights or safety, only that they are disposable goods.
Talk of that being work, or something that will be unionised, is just a sick joke to those prostituted women and girls who major priority is just remembering that somehow they are still alive – when death and near-death is their norm.
Unions and workers inside the sex trade are always to the benefit of the profiteers and punters – and is used as smokescreen so outsiders stop looking deeply inside at the true conditions for the prostituted.
Punters love to pretend that all prostitutes are more than willing, they often invent a universe where he is manipulated by the prostitute.
Call her a sex worker, and then it is his porn fantasy that he is controlled. No matter – that he may rape the prostitute, no matter that he causes her terrible physical damage, no matter his language and manner would named as mental hate outside of prostitution – and certainly no matter if he “accidentally” kills the prostitute, that can be cleared away.
See her as a sex worker – and this hate and degradation can be framed as a business exchange. Call it a business exchange, and we can all pretend that the prostitute and punter are equal – not that she is goods that he is consuming. Then we can blame her if anything goes wrong – and make the punter’s violence invisible.
See her as an empowered and liberated sex worker in that fantasy – and then discount that the vast majority of prostituted women and girls have no power, and the concept of liberty is so far away it cannot even be dreamt of.
No, the liberated and empowered prostitute is little more than an invention of the sex trade profiteers – use inside most of porn, use to put a veneer that indoors prostitution is safer and of course nothing like street prostitution, use to recruit yet more vulnerable women and girls into the sex trade.
Of course, the sex trade will use the sex worker in all its publicity, use to distort all “research” to prove that prostitution can be made acceptable and very safe, prove that trafficking is rare, and even prove that under-aged prostituted girls freely chose their lifestyle.
How the hell can you imagine the term “sex worker” is a feminist term – and not a term to keep the prostituted oppressed, and give punters freedom to be as violent as they want without taking the consequences, and use to increase the disgusting profits of the sex trade.
There is nothing radical about saying sex workers – it is backing the most horrific form of capitalism that men have invented.
What else would you named making women and girls into nothing but sexual goods, that are sold for profits for punters to used as his porn-toy and to masturbate into.
For the vast majority of the prostituted women and girls – prostitution is nothing more but rape on demand.
How can any woman back that, and dare to call herself a feminist.
Be a real feminist – and fight to end prostitution.