commented on A Local Organization is Working to Help Sex Workers in Seattle
"But these movements are victim-focused and not everyone in this industry is a victim."
Cool. You can also say that not everyone in the domestic, garment and agricultural labor industries are victims, either, so that essentially says nothing. And a march to end demand isn't victim-focused. It's a march to spotlight the consumer side of the equation.
It's also a bit blue sky'n'bunnies naive to assume every client of a sex worker is an ethical one, willing to bother checking for signs of coercion or drug addiction or physical abuse or "job contentedness"--everybody has off days at work, right?
I get that people want their sex work-cake and to eat it, too, but I also think this is a hugely complicated ethical, not moral, issue. There are people who are sex trafficked. There are people who are trafficked into labor. This is not zero sum and trafficking on all fronts needs to be confronted and stopped. There are also people who genuinely want to work in the sex, domestic, garment and agricultural labor industries--right on, let's further their workers' rights. But let's not do that if we're just going to pretend that there are no victims because it makes us uncomfortable to think about the unethical consumers and criminal enterprises who create them, specifically in the first outta those four.
Hmm...something about that one must different somehow...
commented on Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones
@27 Exactly. I take this to mean that the Justices will also be striking down their own 200ft 'free speech zone' buffer? After all, how can our speech be free if we can't walk right up to the Justices and give them our opinions, face to face?
commented on That’s Kind of Racist, Dude
@ Everyone else complaining about PCness:
It's not about you. It's not about your feefees or your personal actions. It's about the systemic, cultural, sometimes subtle sometimes not, language that guides actions and thoughts that benefit some people to the detriment of others.
@44: 42 is trolling? I think not. You completely missed the nuance of 42's argument. The nuances of #YesAllWomen also flew right over your privilege-blind head. It wasn't ONLY about violence against women. It was about the ways that systemic, cultural, sometimes subtle sometimes not, language guides actions and thoughts in regard to cultural misogyny. 42 simply drew obvious parallels from the #NotAllMen reactions made to #YesAllWomen to the hyper-defensive reactions of cultural racism/xenophobia deniers in this thread.
Who's really the troll here, the person engaging intelligently and empathetically with the OP or the person who casually dismisses the OP and anyone who might find they agree or understand the OP's experience?
commented on The Saturday Morning News
Considering that the Supreme Court Justices themselves enjoy a buffer zone of 98'-200', it would be the height of hypocrisy to find such a zone unconstitutional--particularly, as there is no precedent of violence and assassination aimed at the justices as there is regarding women's health clinics, the doctors and other staff who work within them, as well as the patients.
But, yes, "liberal silliness." In memory of Dr George Tiller and others, I find you and your thoughtless politics "quaint".
commented on Don't Think Of Them As YOUR Boobs, Think Of Them As OUR Boobs
ChefJoe has to be trolling.
Otherwise...in response to all your BS: I have a friend who has been on dialysis and the kidney donation list for a long time; she's young and otherwise fit. She's costing taxpayers a lot of money. Wouldn't it be better for everyone, especially for her and her individual health, if, after forcing everyone to be tested for donation matches, YOU were forced, having been identified as a match, to donate one of your kidneys to her?
That sounds radical, but in our patriarchal social hierarchy, that is the reality for women and girls--we are public property; to be used and policed by anyone, apparently including you, but never ourselves.
Personal autonomy: no one can force you to make your body available to anyone else. Consent: applies in all contexts, not just sexual ones.
Human rights, yo. They're a thing for a reason. Thank fuck you have no actual authority to infringe upon mine. Fuck off very much.