If the Comments on the Alternet Piece About Sex-Worker Rights Represent Feminism, It Isn’t Any Branch That I Associate With

The piece itself is good. But do scroll down to view your typical slut-shaming disguised as feminism. Just in case you’re prone to yelling “strawfeminist!!!” whenever someone points out that there are serious divisions and, yes, problems within the feminist community.

On her blog, Renegade mentions a man who referred to the body of a murdered prostitute as stolen property. Back in Charlotte, North Carolina (a great town, do visit, in spite of what I am about to tell you), when someone was going around killing prostitutes, I overheard a guy at a gas station tell another guy that “[he doesn’t] understand what the hoopla is about. It’s just a bunch of hookers. It’s like pest control.” (hur hur hur) Of course, the victims were also not exactly white. Double whammy!

An acquaintance of mine who lived in Brooklyn once got into a big, big fight with her neighbor when she [the acquaintance] called an ambulance for a prostitute that someone beat up and pretty much left for dead on the steps of their building. The neighbor was irritated by the flashing lights and loud siren and the paramedics yelling and the cops stomping around asking questions. In her words, “why all the excitement for a hooker?” The neighbor told my buddy that, next time, she should just leave the person lying there. Maybe drag her outside so she doesn’t dirty up the stairwell. That would “teach her a lesson.”

But people, people who call themselves PROGRESSIVE, are still wondering why we need sex-worker rights. In their minds, we should all just wait for Teh Great Feminist revolution, where there will be no problems, and no differences of opinion, and everyone will hold hands, and the lion from Narnia will run around giving everyone hugs and free granola.

Ok, ya’ll keep waiting. Meanwhile, people will continue getting beaten up and killed, while you sit on the sidelines and urge them to “examine [their] choices” and complain about funfeminism ruining the ozone layer, or whatever.

4 thoughts on “If the Comments on the Alternet Piece About Sex-Worker Rights Represent Feminism, It Isn’t Any Branch That I Associate With

  1. “the lion from Narnia will run around giving everyone hugs and free granola.”

    Best.Line.Ever.

    I’d go off on a rant about Teh Revolution and the bodies piling up in the mean time, but that will appear, sooner or later, on my blog. 🙂

  2. Wasn’t it just horrible? I commented a few times, before I realized I just couldn’t respond to ALL of them… but it was SO profoundly ignorant. (((weeps)))

  3. I am shocked that they treat people like this. Where I live (the Netherlands) prostitution is legal and they pay taxes just like with other legal jobs. They even have their own union.

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