What’s Current: Mariela Castro calls to criminalize men who buy sex

Mariela Castro

Mariela Castro, Raúl Castro’s daughter, calls for the Nordic model: “We have to act. We can’t simply say that we are against sexual exploitation as a form of sexual work.”

The U.S. military has launched an investigation into reports that male Marines have been sharing nude photos of female service members and vets in a secret Facebook group called “Marines United.”

It’s called karma.

The remains of hundreds of fetuses and children have been uncovered at what was once a home for unmarried mothers managed by by the Sisters of Bon Secours, a Roman Catholic order in Ireland.

Jenni Murray, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, questions the idea that a male can simply “become a woman.”

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  • Just trying to Understand

    Feminist current may want to rethink using Daily Mail as a source for articles. https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/09/wikipedia-bans-daily-mail/

    • So I googled, and he wasn’t crushed by his porn collection. He died and fell on it, and it absorbed his fluids so at least he didn’t drip into the apartment below him. Either way the porn is now a biohazard.

      • Meghan Murphy


      • Rachael

        Oh come on, like it wasn’t a biohazard before…!

  • lk

    I clicked on the Marine Corps Time article (https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/articles/marines-nude-photo-scandal) and read many of the comments on there. Here is my summary of them:
    1. You aren’t a Marine so you don’t understand!
    2. Well, if you send nude pics to someone you should expect something bad to happen with those photos.
    3. Sending/taking nude pics is wrong.
    4. Marines use dark humor to cope.
    5. This is why women shouldn’t be in the Marines.

    It never ceases to amaze how we quick we are to make excuses for men’s treatment of women. And how quick we are to somehow turn it around and blame it on women.

    Military men strike me as being like police-no matter what they do, they are essentially above criticism. To critique their behavior is the same as wishing death on them and as hating your country. I think we need to be very careful about labeling humans as heroes…once we do that, it’s like we forget that they are humans, that they are men with power.

    We can acknowledge, applaud and be grateful for someone’s sacrifice or heroic behavior without forgetting they are humans who are capable of awful things.

    The good you may do as a serviceman or policeman (or any career) does not excuse or minimize your bad behavior-especially when that behavior results in hurting other human beings.

    Round of applause for the Marine who reported it though.

    • shawna sick

      what is even worse is…woman will jump to put down another woman faster than a man will. we have got to stop helping men hold us down!.

  • cday881@gmail.com

    Is it this?


  • Rachael

    If prostitutes were consenting then they wouldn’t be receiving payment for their “services” would they?

  • Yuki Fuyui

    I do not think you understand, they want to strangle the demand not the provider of prostitution, consent they may be but the man stil pays therefore its still prostitution no matter how you twist it.

    You got that Cuban stuff from Wikipedia which is not very reliable, prostitution in Cuba have been on rise but its practically nothing compared to rest of the world, prostitution is actually higher in Sweden than it is in Cuba because fact is, everyone in Cuba are employed, those who do prostitution are basically working two jobs to earn even more.
    There will always be that minority who actually “want” to prostitute themselves, sadly that is just how it works, just like how there will still be murders in an utopia.

    • Reese

      By the way, if a wealthy nation has more sex workers then a poor one that goes against the proposition that sex work is work no body would choose to do otherwise with out other options. As does your claim that those who prostitute themselves in Cuba are not destitute but simply wanting to earn more.That does not sound like exploitation to me. It is pretty paternalistic of you to say they are oppressing themselves.

  • Reese

    Working with out a living wage at Walmart with no or inadequate health benefits is slave labour while the investors are billionaires off of your labour (that money does not circulate) which is slave like but at least the government isn’t involved in sex work….so, what, we to claim women are oppress themselves by selling sex ? I don’t claim selling sex out of addiction, abuse and destitution is a great thing, focus on things that will have a effect on ending the need to resort to walking the streets and internet prostitution. It reminds me of fundamentalist Christians who would gladly let woman die if it enforced their agenda your so bogged down on rhetoric you can’t see the forest for the trees. Tell me, when has criminalizing sex work ever gotten rid of prostitution ? No one has ever had that genius idea before ?

    • Rachael

      The Nordic model is working well in countries that have adopted it. It supports women who wish to leave prostitution at the same time as punishing the men who buy sex, thus creating an environment where the culture frowns on those seeking to buy sex – and thus the demand diminishes. Conversely, in Germany, where it is now legalised, crime against prostitutes has increased, as well as trafficking of women. Hardly a positive, is it?

      As for your Walmart example – it’s not an either/or situation. People should be paid appropriately for their work. That they are not needs to be addressed. What a horrible argument for prostitution.