Monthly Archives: August 2015

QotD: “When progressives support pimps”

Anti-Porn Feminists

Love how you treat them like slaves too bro love your work” pipes up one young Australian dad on Facebook. He is messaging Tim “Sharky” Ward, a notorious Australian pimp who lives in Pattaya, Thailand.

Pattaya’s lucrative sex trade boomed off the back of the United States Army who frequented the town for a bit of “rest and relaxation.” The trade continues to this day, bolstered by favourable economic policy and cohorts of sex tourists.

Pattaya’s demand for young women is particularly well served by the continued exclusion of minority and ethnic groups in the region.

Sharky, Pattaya’s resident pimp, boasts several hundred thousand online fans that flock to view his explicit images of young women. He also shares stories of how he demands respect and uses violence if “girls” don’t pay up – for instance, he put one woman in a “sleeper hold” in order to snatch…

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Meghan Murphy @MeghanEMurphy, Feminist Current @FeministCurrent, & Maggie’s Toronto @MaggiesToronto (Canada)

Gender Identity Watch

Men’s Rights Activists that support the continued sexual exploitation of Women and Children continue to attack feminist Meghan Murphy. The MRAs attacked Murphy a few months ago  for “transphobia” for Murphy’s suggestion that Laverne Cox’s nude photos were not actually empowering. The MRAs also claimed that Murphy’s criticisms of prostitution posed a physical danger to women being trafficked for sex, and were inherently racist and transphobic. Her critics threatened a boycott of her employer, rabble.ca, asking that it fire her from her editorial position.

The MRAs are continuing their campaign against Murphy here. All of this effort is directed at a woman whose only crime is having the opinion that Women and Children should not be sexually exploited.

One of the leading organizing forces, Maggie’s Toronto, received more than 90% of its funding from the government from  2012 to 2014, the most recent years for which statements are public. During that time, Maggie’s has…

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Staying Alive

“One prostituted human in any country is one too many..”

Rebecca Mott

OK I am listening to Spotify, and Staying Alive came on, and the block in my brain slowly shook awake.

I am alive – do not know why or even how.

And now after many lifetimes of wanting to die – I am want to stay alive.

I am useless at taking care of myself, but the more I understand I want to stay alive, the more I find I can live inside my own body.

But if you want to speak to the harms of prostitution, then see how many exited women cannot live within their own skins.

Think of the realities that my body – just an example of too many prostituted women – went through, and tell me you would be detached and/or hate that body.

I hear the shock and tears for women raped once.

Rape is seen as a form of torture, as the worse…

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Neo-liberalism and sexualization

Purple Sage

Neo-liberalism has brought many social evils and one of those is the increased commodification and sexualization of women’s bodies. In this post I will compare regular-looking photos of women with sexualized photos and discuss how free-market capitalism is playing a role in this increased sexualization.

To make sure we’re on the same page in terms of what neo-liberalism is, here is a quote from Neo-liberalism or Democracy by Arthur MacEwan:

The economic policy that became dominant in most of the world during the final decades of the twentieth century has given greater and greater rein to unregulated, private decision-making. The policy calls for reducing the economic roles of government in providing social welfare, in managing economic activity at the aggregate and sectoral levels, and in regulating international commerce. The ideas at the foundation of this policy are not new. They come directly from the classical economic liberalism that emerged in…

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What Amnesty Did Wrong

The Feministahood

At a meeting in Dublin on 11 August 2015, Amnesty International’s International Council adopted a resolution to authorise their International Board to develop and adopt a policy on “sex work”. Here is a quote from their press release:

“Sex workers are one of the most marginalized groups in the world who in most instances face constant risk of discrimination, violence and abuse.

The resolution recommends that Amnesty International develop a policy that supports the full decriminalization of all aspects of consensual sex work. The policy will also call on states to ensure that sex workers enjoy full and equal legal protection from exploitation, trafficking and violence.

“We recognize that this critical human rights issue is hugely complex and that is why we have addressed this issue from the perspective of international human rights standards. We also consulted with our global movement to take on board different views from…

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A Deep Betrayal

Rebecca Mott

Last week, Amnesty International made the decision to back the decriminalisation of all aspects the sex trade.

This is about saying buying a human as sexual goods should become a human right.

That laws preventing profiteering/pimping should be taken down.

What it not about is the safety or mental welfare of the prostituted.

This is the biggest betrayal I have ever experience in my lifetime – and if it becomes normalised, it will lead to decades of the sexual slavery continuing without interference.

Last week, I was too heartbroken and full of trauma to write. Now I will to personal and political, why I and so exited women are so angry and deeply hurt.

I will look at some of Amnesty’s slogans and how they have chosen to ignore them.

END ALL TORTURE

This is the most sickening part of this new policy.

It would appear that the prostituted are…

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– Numbers don’t lie : Amnesty International promotes the killing of women

In English, French and German : our reaction to AI resolution on “sexwork” *

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Dear Amnesty International,

After months and months of calling you, begging you to listen to prostitution survivors, front line NGOs, scholars & researchers, abolitionists organizations ; on August 11th, 2015, you decided to ignore decades of research and evidence exposing the harm of prostitution and the $ex industry by supporting and promoting the decriminalization of all aspects of prostitution.

As it has been demonstrated over and over, the decriminalization of prostitution literally KILLS women, the decriminalization of prostitution is a FAILURE and a disaster for human rights (but women aren’t human, right ?)

Here below are the numbers in Germany, the “paradise” you are now advocating for, like any other pimp lobby :

Their blood is on your hands.

Congratulations.

Yours truly

Collectif Ressources Prostitution

PS : * reminder : ” “sex” “work” ”…

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QotD: “Amnesty International. Vote of No Confidence”

Anti-Porn Feminists

Members of Amnesty International yesterday [16th May 2015] put a No Confidence Motion in the Amnesty International Australia Board over their actions on Amnesty’s proposed new sex law policy. Former Amnesty member from Tasmania Isla MacGregor said “Two resolutions were put before the meeting yesterday including a No Confidence Motion in the AIA Board and a resolution on all members right to vote on policy decisions along with greater accountability and transparency in policy making processes by Amnesty International.” “In addition, the Amnesty Board had handed out advice to members attending the AGM’s in an attempt to direct Branch members not to vote for 2 resolutions which were to be discussed at yesterdays AGM which were thenwithdrawn by proponents as a result.” Two Emergency Resolutions were then tabled at the AGM:

EMERGENCY RESOLUTION 1 No Confidence Motion in the Board Of Amnesty International Australia That this meeting supports a No…

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