Monthly Archives: March 2014

Don’t Come Here With That Language

Rebecca Mott

Rebecca Mott

I will write why the language of sex work should ended.

I will write knowing most of my readers are slowly recognising why this language is the language of pimps and punters, the language of lies.

But as history is creeping towards the Nordic Approach being made law in much of Europe, the language of sex work will be more intense and appear to be the only way to view the prostituted.

I will write against this language until it become unacceptable or I am dead.

I cannot rest in a world that claims it is just sex, it is just work.

Sex work is like putting a dagger into my heart – and then blaming me for saying I am in pain – saying it just a bit of fun.

Sex work is a language that makes all male violence done to the prostituted invisible.

It cannot be real…

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We need to talk about gender

Sarah Ditum

When, exactly, is it OK to talk about gender? Obviously we talk gender all the time, speaking in its tongue, following its script; but when are we allowed to talk about it? A friend decided to tackle a Waterstones manager recently about the fact that every single colouring book in the shop was a gendered one: My First Feminine Mystique Colouring Book for Girls, The Boys’ Colouring Book for Self-Determining Humans, that sort of thing, identify the side you belong to and stay inside the lines.

Don’t you think you’ve got a responsibility to offer more than this to children, asked my friend. Not at all, countered the manager: this is just how boys and girls are. And it ended with the manager accusing my friend of being “on a crusade to change basic biology” – as if a preference for pictures of princesses or cars were a secondary sexual…

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