“Some feminists want to stop men from seeing all women as whores. Well, sex worker advocates want everyone to stop seeing whores as something other than women, other than human. These goals are not the same, and radical feminists are not helping prostitutes as long as they are casting us off as something other than fully human.”
Great article. It’s a must read.
that’s what bothers me the most about Ariel Levy’s “Female Chauvinist Pigs” - I’m tired of the “how dare we perpetuate the idea that women should dress provocative & seductive.” Fine, I’m all about not forcing people to feel obligated to do anything when it comes to gender expression. But how about instead of throwing a fit that people are becoming sexualized and blaming women who work as sex workers/dress certain ways for oppression - why don’t we focus on the rhetoric that says what someone wears entitles anyone to assume that they deserve to be objectified, harmed and treated as less than human.
Somewhere down the line in our critique of playboy models and video vixens is focusing on shaking out fists at working women and NOT at the fact that people are being told that it is okay to treat someone as less than human for how they are dressed. All we’re doing is buying into the misogynist idea that dressing seductively means you are INVITING someone to assault/mistreat you. No matter what anyone looks like, lets not forget the realities of individual autonomy and personal responsibility - k, thanks?