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Reasons I Will Not Go On the Slutwalk
DANS LA MEME RUBRIQUE
Burkini Is a Feminist Issue Too
The notion that it’s ok for disabled men to pay for sex is rooted in misogyny and ableism
Egyptian doctor living in Zurich produces educational videos about health and sexuality for the Arab world
Amnesty International and Prostitution : Not in Our Name !
Open letter to rabble.ca - Support Meghan Murphy suffered a misogynist campaign by the sex industry lobby
"Insectual - The Secret of the Black Butterfly", by Barbara Sala
Canada’s New Sex Trade Law
Sharia Law, Apostasy and Secularism
“Harm reduction” is not enough to appropriately analyze prostitution
True Progressives Encourage Women’s Equality, Not Their Prostitution
Sexual mutilations outside Africa : new report and new denial except the Iraqi case
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Prostitution, STRASS and the senator - When opacity becomes relevant
Is equating prostitution and rape ‘intolerable violence’ ? Really ?
Obama, Madonna and us
After Ontario Courts rule on Bedford : a rant
Comparing Sex Buyers and Non-Sex Buyers July 2011 (Boston)
Sex resistance in heterosexual arrangements
Abolitionists of the prostitution system : who we are, what we want !
Women Living Under Muslim Laws Statement on Libya
Prostitution is a Threat to Humanity
Prostitution - Call for Australia’s prostitution laws to be tightened
Violence - An Open Letter from Black Women to SlutWalk Organizers
Nothing that is sexual can be considered criminal : hidden sexual violence in the DSK case
The Truth about Global Sex Slavery – A Book by Lydia Cacho
Why reproductive rights and prostitution are not the same thing : A response to one decriminalization argument
Prostitution - The abolitionist project within the conference Women’s Worlds 2011
Montreal - The Turcotte jury got it wrong
International Sex Industries and their Accomplices Hamper the Autonomy of All Women
Ten Critical Reasons for getting rid of Harper’s Conservatives
Real solidarity with prostituted women is in the fight for abolition of prostitution
Decriminalize prostituted persons and criminalize those who exploit them (‘johns’ and pimps)
Polygamy in Canada Should Remain Illegal
My fears of the push for indoors prostitution
We cannot be satisfied with the simple harm-reduction model
The Native Women’s Association of Canada is Worried About Himel’s Judgement on Prostitution
Ontario Court Decision Abandons Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour to Pimps
Response to the VPD review in the cases of the Pickton Murders
Speech - The effects of globalization of political Islam on Women’s Rights, the question with polygamy, the Niqab and Honour Killing
Quebec Forges Enlightened Trail on Burkas
Breast Cancer a Disease, No a Marketing Opportunity
The International Campaign To Closedown Iranian Embassies
Violation of rights in Iran, a window from my experience to a broader picture
"Sex worker" ? Never met one !
The One Million Signatures Campaign has been awarded the prestigious Global Women’s Rights Award from the Feminist Majority Foundation
Prostitution - Feminist Perspectives, a book
Prostitution : Violating the Human Rights of Poor Women
More than 1 000 american historians call for equity in the stimulus package in open letter to Obama
Order of Canada Awarded to Dr. Morgentaler - Acts of intimidation should not rule Canada
Femaid report on Afghanistan, May 2008
Time for Quebecers to be more open : Bouchard-Taylor report
Canadian Bar Association supports strengthening equality in the Quebec Charter
Zero Tolerance for Johns : How the Government of Sweden Would Respond to Spitzer
Politicians are responsible for toxic, misogynist environment facing girls
Spitzer - The Myth of the Victimless Crime
Goodbye To All That (#2)
The freedom to never prostitute oneself
NO legalized brothels for the Olympics 2010 - Aboriginal women’s Action Network statement on prostitution
CLES says NO to the violence of prostitution
Does Porn Make the Man ?
A Trip Into the Absurd
Mothers File International Complaint Against United States
Prostitutes are victims, not criminals
Anthology of Québec Women’s Plays in English Translation, Volume I (1966-1986)
The Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle (CLES) intervene during the upcoming provincial election
Prostitution - Three Women and a Debate
Men Favour the Apolitical Discourse on Prostitution
The Whole Truth Must be Told : Sylviane’s testimony on her experience of prostitution
Democracy and Religious Obligations : an Impasse ?
What is liberation ? Feminism past, present and future
Books by Andrea Dworkin
Globalization, Militarism and Sex Trafficking
Muslim Groups Denounce the Cultural Relativism of a Certain Left
Canadian Muslim leader alleges her veil views sparked vandalism
Prostitution : CATW’S Post-World Cup Statement
NOW to denounce so-called parental alienation
Prostitution : for an Abolitionist Bill
The dimensions of trafficking for purposes of prostitution
"Charm is a Guise ; Batterers Belong in Jail, Expert Says"
Interview with Catherine MacKinnon : Are Women Human ?
Danish cartoons - Doing away with the Enlightenment ?
It’s happening next door : from incestuous girls to alienating mothers
Green Light for Pimps and Johns
Buying Sex is not a Sport
Prostitution is Violence Against Women
The Ideal Site for the Crime
Tell me, what does "gender" really mean ?
Gunilla Ekberg : « The best thing we can do for our sisters is to support them to get out of prostitution »
Interview with Catharine A. MacKinnon : « They haven’t crushed me yet. »
Decriminalizing prostitution, a magnet for pimps and johns
Declaration on Religious Arbitration in Family Law
Prostitution : Towards a Canadian policy of abolition
Prostitution inseparable of violence against women
The need for a public debate on prostitution and its social consequences
Prostitution of First Nations Women in Canada
270 000 $ granted to Stella for a four days event on sex work
IN MEMORIAM : Andrea Dworkin or The passion for justice
Decriminalizing prostitution will not improve the security of prostituted women
Dworkin - Taking Back the Night
Backlash and Whiplash : A Critique of Statistics Canada’s 1999 General Social Survey on Victimization
Helping the prostituted women or promoting prostitution ?
The Need for a Public Debate on Prostitution and its Social Consequences
The legalization of prostitution and its impact on trafficking in women and children
Prostitution Links, Women’s Justice Center
"If you don’t take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits"
Sweden Treating Prostitution as Violence Against Women
Forced marriage as crime
Why Women Must Get out of Men’s Laps
International Campaing Against Shari’a Court in Canada
Decriminalize prostituted women, not prostitution
Canada Contributes to the Sexual Trafficking of Women for Purposes of Prostitution
Fathers’ Rights Groups in Australia and their Engagement with Issues in Family Law
Women Rage Against ’Rape’ in Northeast India
Sexual domination in uniform : an american value
Tribunals Will Marginalize Canadian Muslin Women and Increase Privatization of Family Law
The sexual sadism of our culture, in peace and in war
Queer theory and violence against women
The Legalisation of Prostitution : A failed social experiment
Globalization and the Sex Trade : Trafficking and the Commodification of Women and Children
Will Paternal Paranoia Triumph ?
Ode to Survivors
Court confirms any woman’s human right to organize with peers
Program produces motherless kids
Legitimating Prostitution as Sex Work : UN Labour Organization (ILO) Calls for Recognition of the Sex Industry (Part One)
Legitimating Prostitution as Sex Work : UN International Labour Organization Calls for Recognition of the Sex Industry (Part Two)
Elisabeth Badinter distorts feminism the better to fight it
Prostitution : Rights of Women or Right to Women ?
The "Stolen Feminism" Hoax : Anti-Feminist Attack Based on Error-Filled Anecdotes
Hormone Replacement Therapy, the "Magic Bullet" Ricochets
For the sake of the children : the law, domestic violence and children contact in England
Friendships between women good for health
Children of divorce need our protection
Divorce Bill’s flaws inadvertently aid abusers
Problem isn’t little boys, it’s little minds
A report from Status of Women Canada about the discursive denial of gender inequalities
Ten Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution
Poem for Peace
Peace Rally Speech of a 12 year old American Girl
Good clone, bad clone ?
Canadian Women’s Health Network
So hard to say goodbye
Slutwalk can appear to be a strong feminist statement, but for me as an exited prostituted woman, it feels a negative way to approach male violence against all women and girls.
I do not believe that reclaiming the word "Slut" does anything to say to violent men that their behaviour is out of order, rather it plays into their hands. Naming yourself as a Slut is framed yourself as what abusive men want women to be. The naming of the Slut is commonly used to keep women and girls as sexual objects for men to use. The naming of the Slut is used to keep women and girls heterosexual, and not liberated, but there to please the man.
Reclaiming the word Slut does not make that history magically disappear.
But for me as an exited prostituted woman, I am very cynical about the reasons behind Slutwalk - and that it so quickly s taken up by liberal and often pro-sex trade feminists - is because being a Slut defined as "work" when it is inside the sex trade.
Wonderful, another magic slight of hand that makes violence to women inside the sex trade disappear, for it just their work, and therefore cannot be male violence but just the role of the prostitute.
Slutwalk is in the interests of privileged women who can play with the role of the Slut, dress as a whore, have signs with words like "Sluts Say Yes", can imagined that women inside the sex trade are empowered as they call us their Sisters.
Slutwalk is about saying rape is bad when done to "real" women and girls whatever they wear and wherever they go. But ignore with a fierce will, the day-to-day rapes and sexual torturing of women and girls inside the sex trade.
That is ignored - because in the view of Slutwalk it is just work - so we must not judge or even look too deeply.
Some women on Slutwalk think it is radical to dress as their stereotypical view of the Slut, or the cartoon version of the whore. They may call it burlesques, but for exited women it is an insult.
Dressing as whore for a night out is often done from a position of deep privilege. You do so because you assume you will safe, and if you are raped there would outrage.
Playing the whore is not to be a whore.
Most prostituted women and girls have no protection from rape, have no outrage when it happens - their clothes and whereabouts are minor problems compare to living in a society that dismisses their suffering, and just uses their image to party down.
Also, how dare you dress in stereotype whorish ways that most prostitutes are attempting to get away from. You are really showing your privilege.
Of course, I believe no woman or girl should be rape in any situation, whatever she is wearing.
But Slutwalk is avoiding the elephant in the room that men that make the choice to rape will rape any woman or girl, no matter what she wears or the situation she is in.
It is male entitlement that believes that all women and girls can be made in nothing but sexual objects that is the issue - it is the male view that he will take and rape without serious consequences that is the issue.
It not about women trying to work out how to conform enough that violent men may change their behaviour - it about fighting for justice and serious punishment to end male violence.
I will go to Reclaim the Night - but Slutwalk does nothing to me and for true justice for the prostituted.
Rebecca Mott, Facebook Page, 1 May, 2011
On Sisyphe, 6 May, 2011
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Rebecca Mott, writer I am an English writer, who is a Survivor of childhood sex abuse and being in prostitution. Part of the childhood abuse from my stepdad included the mental abuse of being shown hard-core porn - that combined with the sexual abuse meant I felt my only worth was to be an sexual object to any man and that sex was always associated with violence and pain. When aged 14, I fall into prostitution and it was extremely sadistic, I did not turn away for I had too much self-hatred to know it violence and rape - I felt it was all I was worth. I did indoors prostitution of many types from aged 14 to 27, and the vast of time the men that brought me wanted highly sadistic sex. I became used to gang-rapes, to violent oral and anal sex, to being made to perform hard-core porn - that became my existence. I almost killed several times, and attempted suicide a lot - but I somehow survive. When I did exit, I blanked out most of experiences for about 10 years, and after I had put aside remembering the abuse of my stepdad, did I have the mental space to remember. Remembering prostitution is terrible, and I have very bad PTSD.I started my blog to explore PTSD as a result of surviving prostitution, to campaign to end the sex trade and to show the terrible conditions of indoors prostitution. I try to write poetical prose, but I believe my work is political.
I am an English writer, who is a Survivor of childhood sex abuse and being in prostitution. Part of the childhood abuse from my stepdad included the mental abuse of being shown hard-core porn - that combined with the sexual abuse meant I felt my only worth was to be an sexual object to any man and that sex was always associated with violence and pain. When aged 14, I fall into prostitution and it was extremely sadistic, I did not turn away for I had too much self-hatred to know it violence and rape - I felt it was all I was worth. I did indoors prostitution of many types from aged 14 to 27, and the vast of time the men that brought me wanted highly sadistic sex. I became used to gang-rapes, to violent oral and anal sex, to being made to perform hard-core porn - that became my existence. I almost killed several times, and attempted suicide a lot - but I somehow survive. When I did exit, I blanked out most of experiences for about 10 years, and after I had put aside remembering the abuse of my stepdad, did I have the mental space to remember. Remembering prostitution is terrible, and I have very bad PTSD.I started my blog to explore PTSD as a result of surviving prostitution, to campaign to end the sex trade and to show the terrible conditions of indoors prostitution. I try to write poetical prose, but I believe my work is political.
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