HARRY POTTER & THE METHLY HOLLOWS :-)
Harry’s still on the pipe !!
Look at me …
Busy as a bee, where’d I get all this energy?”
“I don’t eat, I don’t sleep
but I’ve got the cleanest house in the street”
I am back on tumblr because of this tumblrs inspiration!
Christian Vega: You’re someone who has made me become a lot more confident, in engaging with a topic that i think a lot of people try and take away from sex workers and they use it the territory to argue with us about the legitimacy of our work. And that is..we are focusing on trafficking There is a lot of rhetoric out there. Im wondering, as someone who has acted in leadership roles, and who certainly taught me how to engage with the topic a lot more and to be a lot more confident.. Im wondering. How do we as sex workers get that confidence and reclaim that turf?
Elena Jeffreys: I think its really important for all of us as sex workers to emotionally process the way the issue of trafficking shapes how we are understood in the world. This is not a new issue, were often told in media articles and in academic articles “oh trafficking is new and its on the rise! and itsall these new things!”
There’s nothing new about people from middle class, upper middle class and ruling class backgrounds, gaining status by presenting sex workers as an oppressed class that need non sex workers to “help” us out of our oppression…whether that be through the swedish model- criminalising clients, or lisencing where we all have to hand over our ID in order to get a job, or mandatory testing because we are framed as you know, not being able to look after our health
The trafficking issue is one of the most difficult of these issues and its really important for sex workers to understand that this is a sex worker issue, we are at the centre of this issue, this is our issue.
Putting ourselves at the centre of the issue as sex workers is a vital part of us understanding and fighting back against that marginalisation and stigmatisation that the trafficking issue places up on us.
Christian: I think thats a really important point. because i think One of the great difficulties of reading a lot of the rhetoric if you like especially the academic rhetoric about trafficking you read it and as a sex worker its really hard to connect to a lot of the time, so its easy to fall into this trap of oh they are talking about something else they are not possibly talking about me but when you look at the policy implications to what rolls out- that very much becomes about us. There is a little bit of a disconnect when people are arguing about trafficking as a justification to abolish sex work or to get rid of sex work.
The Vixen Hour- Migrant Sex Work and Trafficking
Christian Vega: Migrant sex workers have been aware of what I would call a racist, policies with regard to migration and entry into our country and i think theres a broader consciousness around asylum seekers and refugees coming to australia and how policy is not afraid to go there as far as prosecuting very vulnerable people in order to prevent their entry into our country. How much do you think that this policy is based on a level of prejudice and racism?
Jules Kim: Sure I think in a large part it is, we only need to look at the prison systems, you know, criminal laws often unfairly impact on people of colour. poorer people, that is often the case you know, and.. even the premise behind traffic kicking is inherently racist. You know because I mean the The response is not about people who are experiencing exploitation… its not used in that context, its use against somebody who has experienced exploitation and is a migrant.
Christian: And its no coincidence that all of these cases that sort of have been prosecuted have all been of non english speaking people from developing Asian countries
Jules: Indeed and they are the most likely to not have access to visas as well- you know to legitimate travel pathways you know, and
I think there are all these racist assumptions behind it, like you were saying this kind of young tricked asian sex worker… well I mean the reality is, most of the research has shown that Asian workers are older than their non migrant counterparts you know and its often the case because many have had lived experience prior to coming to Australia
And this idea that if you haven’t had formal education or if you are poor that somehow you must be exploited. Or somehow if you don’t speak english or if your english level is not that great -thats used as an indicator.
i cant sleep, just keep seeing two ends of crack pipes with swirling meth smoking up where my eyeballs are when i shut my eyes…
i have no meth left in this state lol
Look at these amazing photos Mariko appended to the East Asian Sex Worker Round Table which I forgot to include on first posting!
Top photo: Moderator Mariko Passion, from “Colonizer Fantasy” series, photo by Alex Safron, copyright Mariko Passion 2010
Bottom photo: Contributor Ho Lee Fuk, photo by Kevin Killian
People are quick to put money and emotional energy into rescue operations when they can’t give a rat’s butt about actually making it possible for sex workers to help themselves—like fighting for law reform and safe working environments. It’s like either we are white people’s victims or we are the “bad girls.”
The reality is probably not so black and white. I think this whole issue about brown people being nothing but helpless slaves shows exactly how racist everyone is, to so readily believe the LIES that are often spread by NGOs [non-governmental organizations] directly supporting HARM to sex workers by increasing stigma and helping [the rescuers] forcefully take Asian sex workers in third world countries to “rehabilitation clinics” and deport migrant Asian workers in First World countries.
Nada in Tits and Sass’ East Asian Sex Worker Round Table, in response to the question, “What is your opinion of Asian sex trafficking and how much does the issue affect your life?” (via marginalutilite)
nada is really on the ball across the board and so is christian. Really proud of melby peeps today. Vixen represent!
The legacy of anti-Black racism is that Black struggle gets deemed the property of all other social justice struggles. The symbols and tactics of Black struggle are deemed the common property of all. Black people are required to show solidarity with other people of color, without other people of color owing solidarity to Black communities. Black oppression is always analogized to other forms of oppression in a manner that disappears Black oppression itself. It is presumed we already know everything about Black oppression, so we can just use it as an empty signifier to explain other oppressions.
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)