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QotD: “#MeToo must include prostitution”

June 1, 2018

This post raises the extremely important point that the human right to a workplace free from violence and sexual harassment is universal. Prostitution should be abolished because it is commodified sexual harassment.

Anti-Porn Feminists

The #MeToo groundswell of women who are challenging everyday sexual predation by men is consciousness-raising and courageous activism that will hopefully benefit all women. Men’s money and power coerce women’s submission to sexual harassment both in and out of prostitution, in Hollywood, in Silicon Valley, in Ford auto factories, in the California and Massachusetts and U.S. Senates, in domestic service, and everywhere else on the planet. But does this wonderfully expanding big-as-the-sky-sized basket of women’s voices include women in prostitution? Is their “me too” welcomed? Is the prostitution of women in pornography included in #MeToo?

Sex trade survivors’ voices are essential to a discussion of sexual harassment, rape, and male supremacy because their experiences are that of tolerating sexual harassment and rape and verbal abuse in exchange for money or goods or something else of value. Sometimes the “something of value” that is exchanged for sex acts is food or…

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Radical feminists oppose shutdown of underage sex-trafficking site

June 1, 2018

Here’s a great post about the closing of Backpage.com’s prostitution ads:

WINTERY KNIGHT

Women's March Women’s March

Wow! Read that tweet by the organizer’s of the Women’s March (which doesn’t even represent all women). A web site that facilitates “sex work” was shut down by the FBI, and the Women’s March is upset. What can it mean?

Well, here’s an article from The Federalist to explain. (H/T Sean M.)

Excerpt:

Last Friday, the FBI seized Backpage.com, a website well known for facilitating the sale of trafficked minors, mostly girls, for sex all over the United States. On Monday, seven top Backpage officials were arrested after being indicted on 93 counts, including money laundering and facilitating prostitution, 17 cases of which involve trafficking victims as young as 14. The Washington Post says Backpage earned an estimated $500 million in prostitution-related revenue since its launch in 2004.

The National Center on Missing and Exploited Children reports that 73 percent of all child sex trafficking cases it has handled involved Backpage.com. According to…

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Prostitution survivor to pro-lobby: I’m sick and tired of you!

April 21, 2018

This is an extremely important letter by Huschke Mau.

Purple Sage

This is a letter written by German ex-prostitute Huschke Mau. I don’t know the name of the translator, but thank you, whoever you are! The original can be found here. Please read the whole thing to support Huschke Mau in her activism.

I’M SICK AND TIRED OF YOU!
After having read an interview with prostitution lobbyist Stephanie Klee, she’s had enough. Now, Huschke Mau, who has exited prostitution, responds to her. “I am one of those ‘voluntary’ prostitutes so many people talk about,” she writes. “And I am sick and tired of you prostitution proponents!”

Dear Stephanie Klee,
I am referring to the interview the city magazine Zitty Berlin has conducted with you and first of all, I would like to thank you for giving it. I would still be silent had I not read it. Before I go ahead: I hope you don’t mind me talking to you from…

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Alice Glass challenges three common myths in the prostitution debate

December 9, 2017

In this article, Alice Glass brilliantly challenges three common myths in the prostitution debate: that “once the industry is fully decriminalized, prostitutes will form unions in order to fight for their workers’ rights”; that “if we don’t decriminalize prostitution it will be pushed further underground”; and that “only contemporary prostitutes should have a say in the debate, former prostitutes should not, it is no longer their business.”

Nordic Model Now!

By Alice Glass

The prostitution debate has the dubious distinction of being one of the most fervently contested discussions of the last few years. But deciding which ‘side’ you are on, for some, is less a case of careful consideration, and more a way of pinning your political identity to the mast. Being ‘pro-prostitution’, in the various slightly different ways that sentiment can be framed, has become a marker of contemporary progressivism. A solid metric for establishing someone’s right-on-ness, and a way of currying favour with contemporary post-modern politicos. The central tenets of which insist one be socially libertarian whilst, bizarrely, discourse authoritarian. Basically anyone can do almost anything to almost anyone, as long as they dot their Is and cross their Ts in a politically seemly fashion. Even delicately questioning any of the rhetoric that is used to defend the full commercialisation and legitimisation of the sex industry is…

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A Lumix G5 image vs. an iPhone 6 SE image

November 18, 2017

In my quest to better understand the difference between images from a micro four-thirds camera and other types of cameras, today I compare images from a Panasonic Lumix G5 and an Apple iPhone 6 SE. The iPhone’s camera smudges images a bit, but the images from the phone still look adequate for use on social media. Here, I compare two images, and crops of the same images. The images were shot without flash. The images were edited and compressed in Adobe Photoshop.

A Canon 130 IS Point & Shoot vs. a Lumix G5 Micro Four Thirds Camera

November 14, 2017

On a trip to NY City this weekend, I took my father’s Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS point and shoot (bought for around $100) and my Panasonic Lumix G5 (bought for around $500) to compare their images. Both are 16 MP cameras.

I’ve taken this Canon on several trips to NY in the past because it is very convenient to carry. But I’ve carried my Lumix micro-four thirds cameras (G5 and GH3) on other visits because they offer more control over settings and because they can shoot raw images. I took the Canon point and shoot and the Lumix G5 on this trip because I wanted to compare their images. The Lumix G5 images below were shot as jpg, not raw.

I was impressed with the Canon’s images, especially in good light, although the Lumix images are generally better. Here I post a few images to compare them.

 

 

Why prostitution must be abolished

November 5, 2017

Dr. Ingeborg Kraus recently made a great presentation on why prostitution must be abolished.