Abused women, particularly women abused in the sex industry, are routinely disbelieved

From Anti-Porn Feminists

Anti-Porn Feminists

The ‘readers’ editor’ in the Observer today has written about an interview, published last week, with a sex industry survivor.

I read the origin article at the time, but chose not to blog about it, precisely because of all the comments underneath saying that the abuse the woman suffered couldn’t be true.

Women who talk about the violence men commit against them are routinely disbelieved. Men (and women, whether anti-feminist, or liberal feminists who are invested in magical choosy-choice pro-sex industry arguments) would rather believe what they see in porn, or the glamourised accounts of already-privileged individuals like Brooke Magnanti (aka ‘Belle du Jour’) than actually listen to women who have been abused.

Women who talk about men’s violence face an extraordinary burden of proof, even minute detail of their account will be dissected and scrutinised and found lacking regardless, while all a man has to do is say ‘she…

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