Feminism is the most hijacked political movement to the point where it’s not even seen as a political movement, rather it’s mistaken for some additional label to any individual’s personal identity [to validate whatever choices they want to make in their own lives].
women can be privileged while being women but they cannot be privileged for being women
this is not a hard concept to grasp
[German women] were pushed out of the market by sex workers from Eastern Europe: young, seemingly childlike women from Romania and Bulgaria who have come from the poorest environments and feed their families at home by having sex at dumping prices. [Street worker] Gabi Kubik calls it “survival prostitution”. Every month a prostitute from Eastern Europe earns 400 euros on average - pimps, often family members, take in about 10.000 euros.
Most women do not have a chance to espace this dependency. They work isolated and under degrading conditions, are abused and intimidated, have either no or little knowledge of German or are illiterate. […] Migrants are not only heard to reach with language programs. “They have culturally pre-formed, most often patriarchal role conceptions. It’s difficult to make them aware of the emergency situation they’re in”, says Gabi Kubik. […]
The massive pressure to earn as much money as possible and high competition in the prostitution milieu have as their consequence that the women continue to work even if they can hardly stand the strain. “The majority of the migrants we meet is in disastrous health”, Gabi Kubi reports. The women suffer from infectious diseases, have been feeling abdominal pain for weeks, are accidentally pregnant from johns who almost always demand sex without a condom. “Three to four abortions per year are not unusual for these women”, the social worker tells us.
Healthcare for Eastern European prostitutes is a big problem in Kassel. The majority of these women does not have insurance and no access to free ambulant and inpatient care. Voluntary check-up offerings by the health office are limited to infection protection, that is to say examination and diagnosis under suspicion of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, syphilis or hepatitis. Gabi Kubik criticizes this as insufficient. “We are far more often approached by women without health insurance because of acute diseases, pain and unwanted pregnancies. We then say to them that they have to go to the doctor’s - but we know that they cannot afford it”.
This is not only unsatisfying for the street workers. The lack of free healthcare services leads to the women continuing to work under pain until they cannot take it anymore and end up as an emergency case in an ambulance. And even here prostitutes are often sent away because of unclear cost transfers. “Even if they aren’t able to stand anymore”, says Gabi Kubik.
[Similar to the rest of Germany, only 2 to 3 percent of the prostituted women in Kassel are German.]
People are mad at Anita Sarkeesian for using the term “prostituted women” & describing the racist misogynist trope in video games where white/Western soldiers seek out brothels in the Far East/Global South, because apparently that means she’s anti-sex worker or something. Amazing.
If it’s coming from ACTUAL sex workers, I think that shows there actually is an issue with what she said.
Some people do choose that work because they want to, and Anita used a time that made it sound like that is an impossibility and many sex workers felt like it dehumanized them.
White/Western sex workers do not speak for impoverished prostituted women in the Far East/Global South regions or elsewhere who are overwhelmingly FORCED into the sex industry, and the term “prostituted woman” is actually the one preferred by many women who have exited the sex industry. It is not “dehumanising” to anyone, it is humanising to the women who find it best describes what was done to them.
You don’t know anything about the sex industry/global sex trade, you have no idea how the demand side works & who benefits from supplying the demand (p.s. it’s not the women), you don’t have the slightest inkling of the violence men commit against the women & girls every day, and even if we’re only talking about the video games the prostituted female characters have zero agency because they’re created by a male-dominated gaming industry that thinks poor nonwhite women offering to fuck white male protags for discounts is funny. A few shitty blog posts demanding respect for agency or whatever bullshit again, don’t speak for anyone but the individuals making them who are too self-obsessed to care about anyone but themselves. Shut the fuck up.
- You are already a feminist. If everyone were already a feminist, women’s liberation would no longer be an issue. In most cases, I don’t think it’s particularly useful to label individual women as feminists so much as it is to label particular actions as feminist actions. Actions are not just the large gestures associated with ‘activism’ but also the minutiae of everyday life.Feminism is a verb; it is not a static identity.
- Feminist work is easy. Feminist work should feel righteous, and it may feel natural, but it is an uphill battle. You will have to reevaluate many of your deep held beliefs and practices, and hopefully change them. Relationships with friends and family may become strained. You will unfortunately receive some form of harassment. If you become a well known activist in your community, employers may not hire you.
- Feminism, essentially, is all about having choices. Having access to more options is a side effect of liberation. All options do not hold the same social significance. Consider in relation to the previous points.
- Feminism is sexy. Not even gonna elaborate on this one. If you can’t see what’s wrong with that statement after reading the three previous points, there’s really no hope for you.
- You’re either with feminists or against them. Because I frame actions rather than individuals as feminist, each individual will partake in a mosaic of both feminist and not-feminist actions in her life. There are women who care very deeply about women as a class and yet would never associate themselves with the broader feminist movement. There are people who give themselves the title ‘feminist’ and then only do actions that do not further the goals of dismantling oppressive power structures.
feminism isn’t about equality lmao it’s about deconstructing the standards by which you would measure “equality”: capital, power, your position in a hierarchy, etc.
One thing you have to be wary about, as a feminist interacting with other women, are those who will use you as their sounding board, their enabler, their mother-figure, when they’ve been hurt by the men in their life and need support, but who never reciprocate the allegiance you give them and remain male-oriented, and use the energy they gain from you in order to recharge themselves to be able to put up with and interact with those same men once again.
This lack of allegiance, coupled with emotional reliance, is often a defining feature of women’s friendships, even outside of a feminist context.
Finding that balance between sisterhood and conserving your own energy is an ongoing struggle.
I’m actually very interested in having/seeing a productive dialogue with adherents of postmodern gender theory, but that dialogue can’t happen if everyone who says anything remotely gender-critical gets blacklisted and exiled from radical circles, or if certain activists protest and boycott the very events that try to facilitate the conversation. You can’t have dialogue by demanding, as a precondition, your opponent’s silence.
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