It’s amazing that in 1969 we as a society managed to put a man on the moon and yet we still can’t get a wheelchair user from one railway station to another nearly 50 years later. You have to come to the conclusion that it is a lack of will to create a more accessible world, not lack of technology or design skills.
— Tony Heaton, English sculptor and wheelchair user. (via indizombie)
November 4, 2013 at 10:19pm
I’ve said it before, but it still kills me every time someone pipes up in a conversation about sex work with “excuse me but why are you ignoring the privileged people???” on this website.
because sex workers who want labor rights and to be free from violence and the fear of arrest are totally “the privileged people”
this is what you take away from this.
once again, the antis’ saviour complex proves to be way more important to them than the lives of sex workers.
October 31, 2013 at 10:08pm
oh yup, 3cr just likes to encourage debates, debating whether sex work is a job and whether it should be criminalised and whether im a total victim who can’t speak or if i can speak i am not representative IS MY FAVOURITE IT MAKES ME HAPPY TOO! They disagree with my analysis of the situation too re class politics…that’s nice…
so it seems 3CR has no policy about preventing extreme whorephobia to continue to be promoted on their radio station…so much for ‘community radio’ for the ‘working class’…apparently professional class priviliged feminists are more representative of the working class than sex workers?
But its okay, every time they allow Janice Raymond to be interviewed and applauded on air and promote Project Respect uncritically (who work to encourage police and immigration to have more power over sex workers and their outreach co-ordinator of a decade is a BROTHEL MANAGER who also sat on the Prostitution Control Board in Victoria where “she uses her position to advocate for women in the sex industry.”
I can’t think of another industry where 3CR would get ruling class academics to speak on the working conditions and promote criminalisation of our work and completely diss our squivalent of unions and sex worker only organisations…and then support our bosses and those who make a career literally off further stigmatising and oppressing sex workers.
And then just say ‘sorry your upset, you can have a right of reply’
A right of reply is fucking useless if there is no commitment to change. Sex workers have better things to do than be put in a position where we just have to respond to extreme whorephobia. We have our own goals and visions, our own politics which is so much better and deeper than being forced to just defend the same old classist, racist, anti-immigrant, anti-sex worker moralistic bullshit from feminists and our bosses.
How can you get away with this and still consider yourself ‘left wing’?
Why is there no sign of any commitment to attempt to not allow anti sex work (and anti working class) people a platform and endorsement. Like the hosts of feminist focus were literally being like ‘janice raymond is so great, this is so GREAT that she is campaigning to get prostitution recognized as violence against women” [ie criminalise our clients, have cops in our workplaces, make our working conditions more shit and harder to be in control of]
Also like it should be fucking clear you shouldn’t even touch Janice Raymond with a ten foot pole from her writing such a fucked up book on trans stuff decades ago, even if she wasnt doing her stupid “not a choice not a job” sex work interviews
During the 80s, transgender Greek artist and prostitute Paola Revenioti published the trans-anarchist fanzine Kraximo. Funded by her own prostitution, the zine pioneered the fight for gay and trans rights, combining interviews with Greek poets and intellectuals alongside Athens street hustlers and her own photography, since compared to the work of Larry Clark and Walter Pfeiffer. Today she continues to work as an artist and activist, making Athens-based documentaries with her “Paola Projects”.
Read more here: http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/16110/1/paola-revenioti
i… found something cool in the “zines” tag?
Next up on Whorephobia in sunny melbourne we have 3CR (community radio in melbourne) and their show ‘feminist focus’
In August feminist focus (3CR) ran a segment with everyone’s favourite professional transphobic git Janice Raymond (author of that horrendous and unfortunately influential book “The Transsexual Empire: The Making of the She-Male ”) but if that wasn’t enough to make you think 'what a great person to have on our radio show!' she is also writing the upcoming book "Not a Choice, Not a Job: Exposing the Myths about Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade " which she is interviewed about on the show. It leads in with the presenters talking about how she has been campaigning for years to get sex work recognized as violence against women and how that’s really great! Janice then goes on to call sex worker organisations unrepresentative and talks about how the sex workers who do go to them are brain washed by the people who run the organisations (other sex workers?) who are brainwashed by their funding agreements….how convenient ..of course Janice is totally impartial because she is not actually affected by sex work law, it doesn’t affect her life, her income, her criminal record, her child custody, her workplace rights and conditions or her social stigmatisation, in fact i think she is very ‘representative’ of sex workers….i mean, who could be more representative of sex workers than a non sex worker who writes hate speech about sex workers and trans* people for a living??
But wait there is more! Like the show in August, they some how feel compelled to promote the work of Project Respect as well and their upcoming ‘elephant in the room’ piece. That’s some really great work, covering a wide range of shit feminists from slightly different perspectives but they have a happy common ground in supporting fucked institutions like the police and immigration and doctors in having more powers over sex workers, and undermining sex worker campaigns for autonomy, decriminalisation and rights.
You can put in complaints at firstname.lastname@example.org
The show is here, but its only up til this thursday: http://www.3cr.org.au/feministfocus
my blog is just about whorephobia in melbourne now.
more whorephobic ‘art’ in melbourne…project respect putting on more pity porn and once again framing our clients and bosses as the biggest sources of violence against sex workers and not the state and organisations like project respect themselves who never pay us or respect us but just try and give the cops and immigration more power over us and create conditions where we have less control over our working conditions and less time to negotiate safely with clients