This was written in a thread on f’b on the Stop Porn page – to explain why I use the phrase “sub-human”.
“… But is hard to stay calm when there is an attitude the woman inside porn are sub-human, and that it is just our individual flaws that means it is our fault to be in porn. This is not the attitude to date rape, domestic violence or child abuse – they do not blame the victim, but the perpetrator. The perpetrators of porn are not just the consumers and producers – but the whole structure of the porn industry that makes women and girls sub-humans.
I use the label of sub-human as a survivor of porn and prostitution – for it is not just how the punters and profiteers view us – but how a great deal of our society views us. Women in the sex trade are made sub-humans – that they have different levels/attitudes to pain, are more likely not to “care”about violence or degradation that “real” women would hate or be disgusted by…
… It need to be faced, for whilst outsiders of the sex trade viewed prostituted women as either deserving as choose to be there or pitiable victims – this is not viewing them as humans … We must stop the Othering of the prostituted class if we want to tackle the sex trade.
… The prostituted class are considered to be just commodities to be fuckable – they are not considered to be fully human, rather they are made disconnected from real women…. It is harsh language – but nowhere as harsh as being in a culture that invents the prostituted class so men, very normal men, have an outlet for their hate and violence on the prostituted without serious consequences – just a sweeping under the carpet. That is what makes a society that makes the prostituted sub-humans.
I am not saying that she is made sub-human in her essence, I am saying for society to create the prostituted class as sub-humans – they ignore the constant violence and hate inside all aspects of the sex trade. It makes that any violence done to the prostitute is ok for it is her role/work – that comes from deciding she is sub-human…
May I say I am not talking about the individual woman – but the prostituted class, for when you are inside the sex trade you are not given the luxury of being an individual. For you are just considered a consumable and disposable object. In the end for the punters, profiteers and a society that condones the sex trade – the bitter truth is that the prostituted class have no humanity – in the end all whores are the same. This doesn’t make the prostitute to blame or victims – it is just a truth that must be faced if we want real change – that the sex trade does break women until they become goods – that is the purpose o the sex trade. To keep it is just about individuals, lets the structure of the sex trade off the hook – and it can continue business as usual.
Of course, the prostituted woman is an individual – but to deny that the whole structure of the sex trade is about breaking those women into being sub-humans means there can never be real change. For then it remains about the individual woman’s choices or how she was mistreated … We must focus on ending demand, and viewing it as a massive human rights issue. In the end, to bring out full humanity to the prostituted class – we must start believing that abolition of the sex trade can be a reality – not just deal with one prostitute at a time. We must dream harder.
… This is decided that the prostituted class unlike “real” women – are “designed” to sleep with many strange men; are designed to not care sexual violence – the sex trade has created the myth that the prostitute probably enjoys sexual violence or at least doesn’t care…
… I say this as an exited woman from prostitution and being inside porn – I know that even as the intensive brainwashing and violence goes on constantly – that most women in the sex trade have amazing strength and determination to keep a huge part of themselves private – the part I would name as their essence… It is not just how prostitutes are treated – or even if it is viewed as a freely chosen lifestyle – the prostitute is made a sub-human in order to service men without messy human emotions or back stories. Being made sub-human is to be just a role for others – with no past and no future – just in the moment the buyer and seller wants you… It is wonderful that good people can’t bear the word sub-human – that means you have some understanding of our utter pain and deadness when we were embedded in the sex trade.
… This has a real effect on the lives of the prostituted – in that once it is the common view that they are sub-humans – then punters have full permission to pour all their porn fantasies into their living bodies. These men are not as the sex trade propaganda has just one-off bad apples – but in reality they are just ordinary men, who by the creation of prostitutes as sub-humans – are made to believe that they are entitled to do as they want to the non-human prostituted class. By the sex trade creating the prostituted as sub-humans, it gives full permission to make women into goods to be used until they are thrown away. When you are embedded inside the sex trade – you know you are viewed as sub-human. You know you not anything but parts of a body, only the parts the punters and profiteers can use. You know that all women and girls are interchangeable – that is taught to the prostituted class as they moved round different aspects of the sex trade to break them down and completely disorient them to be suitable goods. You know you are not viewed as human when those who consume and produce porn ignore, make a joke of and say it is your role – when there is great pain and degradation. You know you are not viewed as human when men that make the choice to buy a prostitute – off the net, a line-up in a club or brothel, driving down a street – is just picking out goods like choosing cheese at a supermarket. Of course, being viewed and classed as sub-human, does not make a prostitute sub-human, as she always keeps her essence. But it has a real effect on her human rights. For it becomes a common belief in many cultures and societies, that it is impossible to rape a prostitute – let alone the everyday sexual torturing of the prostituted. To justify the myth that the prostitute must be sub-human is built up by she must have chosen to be there – then everyone can sweep it under the carpet…”