Because @FeministWhore has consistently pointed out how much feminism falls on its face when it comes to the topic of sex work, I thought that Jadehawk’s amazing post deserves a wider audience. So, dear readers–all 4 or 5 of you–please take this to heart and spread it far and wide. Any feminism I’m part of will have something besides criminalization and shame to offer sex workers. “My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit.”
Originally posted on Jadehawk's Blog:
Jill wrote a blog post titled Supporting Sex Workers’ Rights, Opposing the Buying of Sex. Reading it, I once again did that thing where I start arguing with an online article in my head, and then I realized this is blogging material. So here you go:
I am an anti-sex-trafficking feminist. I think sex work is incredibly problematic. And I also support the rights of sex workers. I think you can do all those things at once.
Sure one can. The question is really rather whether one’s actions on all these are consistent and synergistic, or whether one’s undermining one set of actions with another. Oh, and whether the actions actually are helpful, of course.
Also, sex work is “problematic” only in the same sense that manufacturing is problematic: it sits at the intersection of multiple axes of oppression and is made invisible/marginalized by the kyriarchy. And since the…
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