From Pakistan, With Love

“Seventy percent of women in prostitution in San Francisco, California were raped (Silbert & Pines, 1982). A study in Portland, Oregon found that prostituted women were raped on average once a week (Hunter, 1994). Eighty-five percent of women in Minneapolis, Minnesota had been raped in prostitution (Parriott, 1994). Ninety-four percent of those in street prostitution experienced sexual assault and 75% were raped by one or more johns (Miller, 1995). In the Netherlands (where prostitution is legal) 60% of prostituted women suffered physical assaults, 70% experienced verbal threats of assault, 40% experienced sexual violence and 40% were forced into prostitution and/or sexual abuse by acquaintances (Vanwesenbeeck, et al. 1995, 1994)… The prevalence of PTSD among prostituted women from 5 countries was 67% (Farley et. al. 1998), which is the same range as that of combat veterans (Weathers et. al. 1993).”

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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.

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Happening Now: Pakistan

ziyati:

fattysaid:

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:

News Outlets:

On tumblr:

On twitter:

Please also check Lal Khan’s two columns on the crisis. Tanqeed.org is also a good resource. 

Check mehreenkasana.tumblr.com too.

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mehreenkasana:

Pakistan army intervenes in political crisis.
If this doesn’t tell you that innocent men and women are being used as pawns by ISI-backed Khan and Qadri against an equally reprehensible civilian leadership that of Nawaz’s, I don’t know what will. In rudimentary terms, the most dispossessed and cheated on person in this ugly mess is the average Pakistani civilian who simply wants a better and safer tomorrow.

mehreenkasana:

Pakistan army intervenes in political crisis.

If this doesn’t tell you that innocent men and women are being used as pawns by ISI-backed Khan and Qadri against an equally reprehensible civilian leadership that of Nawaz’s, I don’t know what will. In rudimentary terms, the most dispossessed and cheated on person in this ugly mess is the average Pakistani civilian who simply wants a better and safer tomorrow.

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thoughtsofablackgirl:

"Love In the Time of Tear Gas."  Picture from Ferguson
-Pierre

thoughtsofablackgirl:

"Love In the Time of Tear Gas."  Picture from Ferguson

-Pierre

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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. 

imakemermaidsnut:

Don’t ever think that your brown skin is anything less than perfect, amazing, wonderful, benevolent, a blessing, marvelous, outstanding, heavenly, and majestic. Seriously.

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youngblackandvegan:

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

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desimalemodels:

Riz Ahmed

desimalemodels:

Riz Ahmed

postwhitesociety:

angelabassetts:

Film masterpost highlighting the stories of women of color. Representation of women of color in film is quite scarce, so here are some films I think showcase a wide range of perspectives and experiences that we don't get to see on our movie screens. 

Women of Color in Dramas
American Violet  (2008)
Brick Lane (2008)
Desert Flower (2009)
Dreams of Life (2011)
Heaven on Earth (2008)
I Will Follow (2011) 
Skin (2008)
The Patience Stone (2013)
Things Never Said (2013)
Yasmin (2004)
Women of Color in Friendship/Family films
Arranged (2007)
Chutney Popcorn (1999)
Eve’s Bayou (1997)
How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2005)
Radiance (1998)
Real Women Have Curves (2002)
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
The Sapphires (2011) 
Tortilla Soup (2001)
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
What’s Cooking? (2000)
Women of Color in RomComs
It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (2010)
Miss Dial (2013)
Young Girls of Color
Akeelah and the Bee  (2006)
Anita and Me (2002)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Life, Above All (2010)
Linda Linda Linda
Rabbit Proof Fence (2002)
Wadjda (2012)
Whale Rider (2002)
Xiu Xiu The Sent Down Girl (1998)
Yelling to the Sky (2011)
Queer Women of Color
Pariah (2011)
I Can’t Think Straight (2008)
Saving Face (2004)
Spider Lilies (2007)
The Journey (2004)
The Peculiar Kind s1 & s2 (web series) 
Yes or No 1 & 2

postwhitesociety:

angelabassetts:

Film masterpost highlighting the stories of women of color. Representation of women of color in film is quite scarce, so here are some films I think showcase a wide range of perspectives and experiences that we don't get to see on our movie screens. 

Women of Color in Dramas

Women of Color in Friendship/Family films

Women of Color in RomComs

Young Girls of Color

Queer Women of Color

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“Organised bands of armed Hindus — some from groups tied to Modi’s party — fanned across the state seeking revenge against Muslims for allegedly burning a train full of Hindu pilgrims a few weeks earlier. The Hindu rioters systematically sought out and destroyed Muslim homes and businesses, killing more than 1,000 people. Muslim women were singled out. According to many Indian and foreign sources, including a Human Rights Watch account and a report by an international research team called ‘Threatened Existence: A Feminist Analysis of the Genocide in Gujarat,’ women were stripped, gang-raped, often publicly, and in almost all cases then burned or hacked to death. The reason the violence reached such extremes was that the state police stood back and did not intervene to stop the attacks by Hindu fanatics and even told victims that it could not protect them.”

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Please tell me again how Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi is your feminist icon from India for denouncing rape when he allowed this to happen under his watch.

Do enlighten me, liberals. I’m waiting.

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