From Farley et. al. (2003) “Prostitution in Nine Countries” (x)
Prostitution is created and supported by an established culture of men’s perceived and socialized entitlement to sex. This is also reminds me of how many people on this website as well as offline tend to glorify sex work (of its various forms; street prostitution, massage brothels, escort services, outcall services, strip clubs, lapdancing, phone sex, adult and child pornography, video and internet pornography and prostitution tourism) by assuming that it financially empowers women without realizing that a) Sex must not be a commodity; its commodification in patriarchy targets women firstly and most violently, b) Re: Young female students and privatized education. Young female students taking up prostitution/pornography is often extolled by liberals and viewed as sexually/financially liberating whereas the question should not concern individual agency but the one that must be asked is completely forgotten: Why is she compelled to take up such a profession in the first place. And the answer directly leads you to understand how neoliberalism/the privatization of education hits young women in a very different and vicious manner and also that marketplaces are so cutthroat now that basic survival, without having to turn your body into a commodity, is virtually impossible in this era. This further reminds me of how often white, Western women will put a spin on prostitution and assert that if they enjoy it, everyone else does too. Which is false.
If you read Prostitution, Liberalism, and Slavery, you will learn: “Only a tiny percentage of all women in prostitution are there because they freely choose it. For most, prostitution is not a real choice because physical safety, equal power with buyers, and real alternatives don’t exist. These are the conditions that would permit genuine consent. Most of the 1% who choose prostitution are privileged because of their ethnicity and class and they have escape options. Poor women and women of color don’t have these options.” Again, as I’ve said before, liberal individual agency becomes an abstract concept in this debate of empowerment because it fails to account for the material conditions of the majority of prostitutes, which is not a pleasant picture as liberal Western women would have you think. Ask the average prostitute in Pakistan or Ukraine or Nigeria about the empowerment of her work and she will think you’re insane.
I would urge everyone to watch Farley’s lecture why it is wrong to pay for sex.
"If we ignore the evidence for the structural inequalities of sex, race, and class in prostitution and if we ignore the clear statements of women who tell us that they want to escape prostitution, then we end up in a postmodern neverland where liberal theory unanchored to material reality frames prostitution as a problem of sexual choice, workers’ rights or sex trafficking as an immigration problem. Prostitution is the international business of sexual exploitation. Describing the strategic focus on sex buyers, a Swedish detective said, “trafficking is a business, we try to destroy the market.” Yes." [x]
So, it’s a lot uglier and horrifying than we think it is.(via vul-va)
Check mehreenkasana.tumblr.com too.
Sources to keep you informed and updated about the situation in Pakistan. This list will be continuously updated to include the latest and most reliable sources. Please drop me a message or leave a comment below regarding any source which you think should be on this list:
- Reuters: Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue
- The New York Times: Pakistan, Its Own Worst Enemy
- The Wall Street Journal: Police, Protesters Clash Near Pakistan Prime Minister’s Residence
- The Washington Post: Did a ‘soft coup’ just happen in Pakistan?
- Guardian: Political crisis in Pakistan as media, politics and the military join the fray
- BBC News: Pakistan protesters clash with Islamabad police
- The Telegraph: Police clash with protesters trying to storm Pakistan PM’s house
- Al Jazeera English: Pakistan crisis: scores injured in protests
Please also check Lal Khan’s two columns on the crisis. Tanqeed.org is also a good resource.
My heart isn’t breaking, and this disturbs.
I remember a time when I used to cry on the ja-namaaz with every bomb blast. Now GEO NEWS seems like unnecessary political noise. People are dying, and I don’t even care it seems. I feel uneducated, too politically un-aware to even cry at the right people. I don’t know man. What’s wrong with me.
God, help me. And Pakistan. And us all.
Don’t ever think that your brown skin is anything less than perfect, amazing, wonderful, benevolent, a blessing, marvelous, outstanding, heavenly, and majestic. Seriously.
the older i get
the more i realize the value of privacy
of cultivating your circle and only letting certain people in
you can be open, honest, and real while still understanding not everyone deserves a seat at the table of your life