17 December 2010

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

     Sex workers are people

Daughters, sisters, mothers, Grandmothers, trans people, sons and brothers, they are all someone.
Our problem as usual, comes down to sex, religion and guilt.

Our society has a weird relationship with sex, but this is only partly true, my guess is that almost all societies have sexual issues.
 Our issue is the commercialization of sex, and why is this a problem, because of the rules of the bible.

 It comes down to it, it's still the idea that a woman is someones property, and that people can be owned, woman are meant to be a mans servant, and that someone, somewhere is getting better sex than the people who make the rules.

Now Christian actually have a problem, as the New Testament doesn't really say much about sex. The Old Testament is filled with it, lots of "cleaving", and "coming unto", cutting foreskins off penises, and lots of non consensual sex. 

It's apparently also OK to sell your your daughter into slavery

Exodus 21:7 “When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do.  If she does not please her master, who designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed; he shall have no right to sell her to a foreign people, since he has dealt unfairly with her.  If he designates her for his son, he shall deal with her as with a daughter.
Or even give your girls to the mob in order to get some quiet 

Genesis 19:6 “Lot went out of the door to the men, shut the door after him, and said, ‘I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly.  Look, I have two daughters who have not known a man; let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you as you please…
Remember this is the guidebook that is used to condemn woman, and those who choose, or in some cases have no alternative to provide sexual services.  So the violence is built right into society.

My belief is that sex work should be legalized and tightly regulated, so those who choose this path can do so in safety, and that those who have been  forced into prostitution can be repatriated back to their families.

Yes, we still do have a slave trade, women who are being sold for sex, and as the law in most places makes no distinction between those who choose and those who are coerced, we fail the victims of sexual slavery. 

 So why December 17 ?
Green River Killer,” Gary Ridgeway said, “I picked prostitutes as victims because they were easy to pick up without being noticed. I knew they would not be reported missing right away and might never be reported missing. … I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught." He confessed to having murdered ninety women. Sadly some Seattle prostitutes, their boyfriends or pimps, knew the Green River Killer was Gary Ridgeway for years, but were afraid to come forward for fear of getting arrested, or the police didn’t believe those that did come forward, or the police didn’t seem to care. Ridgeway’s killing spree went on for over twenty years.

 Toronto Sun Story on prostitution deaths 
 The sad story of  Aileen Wuornos  She needed help, not execution

 Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.  ~Cheris Kramarae and Paula Treichler

1 comment:

Dimitri said...

Wrong. Not ok to sell as slaves. Any guy who sells or uses "sex slaves" can and is going to hell.