At least, that’s how I read it when a person reacts with utter, utter bafflement to the fact that I might just think that not every sex worker in the world is a Terrified Victim In Need Of Salvation.*
Still, I would like to thank the commenter over at an ageing Hoyden About Town post for directing me, like the Uninformed Acolyte I am, to the Genderberg FAQ. I needed a good laugh.
Still, time for a bit of self-reflection and acknowledgement of the things I’ve learned:
- Prostitution is the only looked-down-upon, crap, potentially dangerous job in which people from lower classes with fewer opportunities are overrepresented. I shall inform cleaning staff, asbestos removers, and (just to cover the illegal aspect for the non-NZers) drug mules immediately.
- If any unprivileged person can be coerced into doing a thing to the detriment of their integrity, health, or life, it must be a bad thing and we should be proud to oppose it, which is why we’re also going to make “studying towards any profession your parents force you into through financial/emotional blackmail” and “snorting wasabi on a dare while pissed” illegal.
- Being naked will always make people feel nervous, and presumably, all prostitutes get totally naked during transactions while their clients put on three extra layers just to emphasise the power dynamic in play.**
- Prostitutes are too dumb to know what they’re doing … so, just like women are too think to understand abortion = Satanic baby murder?
- Prostitutes are too stupid to know that sex = babies, so logically will be forced to “submit” to multiple abortions. Real women get to choose.
And always remember kids, feminism is about giving women freedom – but only to do what you find acceptable!
On a serious note … all the bullshit about “oh, but we’re talking about real harm”? You know what “real harm” is? Prostitutes who fear going to the police after being raped, or when they are being coerced by pimps, because of the odds that the cops will just arrest them for soliciting. Prostitutes not having the clout to demand brothels institute safe-sex policies. Children being prostituted while the cops are busy chasing consenting adults – oh, and before we jump on that word “consenting”, real harm is telling women that they simply cannot think what they think or feel what they feel because it’s wrong. Real harm is expecting humans to live up to the standards we’d expect from Radfem Utopia when we don’t, and cutting them loose, calling them the enemy because they’re making choices we disagree with or expressing opinions we don’t like.