What’s Current: Prostitution survivors sign open letter opposing pro-sex trade position taken by Women’s March

Survivors of the sex trade have signed on to an open letter urging Women’s March organizers to reconsider their support of “sex work”:

“The Women’s March and its supporters are being hoodwinked into listening to the minority of those who report neutral experiences within the sex trade and are being tricked into believing that to be “pro-sex work” is a human rights approach. This is not, in fact, a human rights approach, but rather an approach which perpetuates the status quo of women as commodified goods; i.e. men’s property. It is a thoroughly anti-feminist stance.”

Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees collectively hold the strongest anti-abortion record in history.

Bresha Meadows, who was arrested at 14 for defending herself against her abusive father, won’t be allowed to go home to await her trial this spring. Instead, she will be transferred to an adolescent treatment facility for a mental health evaluation.

Global women’s solidarity is real: In Kenya, women marched at Karura Forest to demand women’s land rights and reproductive rights, and an end to sexual harassment and assault, female genital mutilation, the trafficking of women and children, and more.

Det. Const. James Fisher appeared in court today on three counts of sexual exploitation, one count of sexual assault, one count of breach of trust, and one count of attempt to obstruct justice.

Gloria Steinem’s advice to Women’s March protestors: “Make sure you introduce yourselves to each other and decide what we’re gonna do tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow…”

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  • Virginia Howard

    The open letter is beautifully written, BTW.

  • I don’t believe Trump cares about abortion himself one way or another. But he’s the “strong man” the religious right have latched onto to push religious law onto all Americans. You don’t need a theocracy is you can persuade a secular lawmaker to back up your religion’s regulations regarding “sin”. I wrote a blog post about the Calvinist origins of the religious right, suggesting they’re trying to do now in America what Calvin tried to do in 16th century Geneva. It’s linked to my gravator, if anyone is interested. I’d like to see American religious scholars pursue the idea frankly. Abortion, birth control, pre-marital sex — they’re all against religious law. The people behind Trump are against all of them and want to force everyone to behave in accordance with their beliefs. It’s insane, isn’t it?

    • Alienigena

      I was thinking the same thing, Trump as ‘strong man’ (or ‘big man’, an anthropological term for a leader in a small village, who could lead by example or through fear, depended on the individual). It is puzzling that Americans elected their own megalomaniac when they spent so much time trying to get rid of another one … Iraq’s own strong man, Saddam Hussein.

    • dandelionseed

      Interesting. I’ve often thought that much of the so-called left in America has taken a turn into Calvinism, with all the virtue-signaling and policing of each other’s language — who is Elect? Who can know? Therefore one must act, always, as if one is Elect. (And if you’re not, well cis-scum should die in a Lake of Fire.)

  • Meghan Murphy

    Damn. I had trouble with it earlier, then got it working. Strange. Will see if I can find another link to the story…

  • Meghan Murphy

    Surely these women will be ignored while organizers fall all over themselves trying to placate a few transwomen who claim they were excluded to due the fact that some women dared to mention their vaginas.

    • janey canuck

      If they are indigenous, and a couple are, they will be said to be “colonized”. If they are Christian, well you know that one. And if they are just survivors, they will be said to be lying, as has been carved in stone for SPACE founder Rachael Moran.

  • Morag999

    I agree about the unifying function of the colour. It turned out to be much more effective than many of us anticipated.

  • lk

    I couldn’t get it to load either…but I think this might be it? Same story, but different link?

    http://mpashemkenya.com/2017/01/23/womens-march-in-nairobikenya-was-equally-successful-as-those-in-us-photos/

  • Julie Katz

    I couldn’t leave the house, couldn’t bear to be in the local “protest” with more than 50% of signs held by women demanding rights for everyone but women. Men holding up pro-abortion signs (we only need abortion because of your dicks, and isn’t it a convenient way to show what a feminist man you are by supporting abortion instead of marching for men to keep their dicks in their pants and stop killing women). Trans demanding women’s rights while stealing time and needs from women’s issues. Women demanding rights for trans that want to take our right to privacy from men (you know that same concept –privacy– that gives (gave) us abortion rights?). Not a single sign protesting male violence against women–wouldn’t want to offend all those feminist men who would Never Do That.

    And all the pink power and whatnot. I dunno, when I look at my “pussy” it doesn’t appear all that pink to me. More ombre of browns that isn’t visible under a bunch of scraggly hair (well less now that I’m nearly a crone, thankfully). What exactly are they even calling a pussy? Is it just the whole package, mons, labia, clitoris, vagina? Was the pink supposed to be about pussies? White women’s pussies? Or just the new color of feminism because we’re “taking it back”? I actually like it as a color, but I don’t get it as a symbol. I’m so confused… gee it’s almost like I’ve been gas lighted.

    The pictures of women in those pink hats made me think they thought they were wearing pussies on their heads (at least a trans interpretation of a pussy). It’s like saying wearing makeup is feminist now because we can *choose* whether or not to wear it, so wearing it is feminist because those nasty radical feminists who haven’t gotten the memo that we’re liberated now think it’s not feminist to wear make up. That’s how fucked up their thinking is and why I had to stay home, why I may never leave home, I’m afraid I might start screaming my head off at any moment.

    I have started wearing white because it makes me feel connected with our grandmothers when I do, my own private protest, solidarity with Hilary who got totally burned at the stake and still showed up afterward, what fucking courage. I need to breathe that courage to leave the house and face this world. I am genuinely thinking of adopting an all white wardrobe until that idiot is out of office so I can be constantly reminded of her courage, our grandmothers’ courage, wrapped in it every day, see it in the mirror every time I go into a bathroom to hide (stop myself from throwing heavy objects) from the misogyny of my workplace.

    Maybe dressing up as a Suffragette is too far into double (triple?) irony but maybe it could be a way of radfems to spot each other? Dykes in White? I’m afraid to even try to put together a radfem group to meet at my house, though I feel like I desperately need one or I’ll go insane–some trans wack is likely to try to crash it and then I’ll have a protest outside my house or they’ll just burn it down and the news will read something like “Trans-exclusionary radical feminist dies in fire and liberal pacific northwest city rejoices. ‘Ding dong the witch is dead.’ said one of the protesters, ‘she deserved it for making transwomen kill themselves’.”.

  • Virginia Howard