“I live in a State that excludes, that is racist, misogynist, hetero-patriarchal. I name myself as an identity that this oppressive State refuses to acknowledge. It does not want the political subject I am to build myself, to be autonomous, to define myself. I am striving to recover my roots and to strengthen my identity, acknowledging the external and internalized oppression, as we in Kaqla say. That is what we are doing, trying to build ourselves as political subjects, with personal leadership as a step to be able to do it at the collective level.”
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This is a belated thank you note to all the lesbian feminists – older women in particular – who welcomed me with open arms when I decided to become a lesbian.
You helped me discard almost three decades of pretty successful heterosexual training, and released me from the resignation that men or isolation (most likely both, since they go together) were my future.
There were things you could have warned me about
the pain the intensity the pain the intensity fucking hell the pain and no they weren’t BDSM relationships but as men don’t compare and therefore provide no reference, you wouldn’t have prepared me anyway.
I haven’t looked back, and now it’s a revelation watching other women as they leave their husbands and boyfriends, and come out as lesbians with the same mixture of excitement, shell-shock and sense of coming home that I had. This wasn’t supposed…
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Political lesbianism is not an ‘identity’, this is queer BS talk. Political lesbianism is a process. A process of understanding the ways in which we, and our sisters, have been personally damaged by the hetero-patriarchy. It is a recognition that, on a personal and political level, we do not have to be intimately involved with a system which is deeply damaging to us and we can love other women in all ways instead of competing with them or mistrusting them.
It is not purely about sexuality (who you are attracted to). Nor is it about ‘appropriating’ the word lesbian while maintaining all outward appearances of being heterosexual and enjoying heterosexual benefits, such as they are. Nor will it, by itself, dismantle patriarchy, though it is a step along the way. Many women have found it easier to be radical activists without the burden of dissonance ringing in their…
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The greatest crime of the sex trade is how it drives trauma into each and every one of the prostituted.
The sex trade and its allies know this mental damage is inevitable, that if the trauma is push down deep enough it will form the ideal prostitute or “actor” in porn.
Trauma destroys memory, trauma destroys the will to believe in the future, trauma deaden the brain’s access to knowing pain – trauma makes all the prostituted class into living dolls.
The prostituted class become nothing but a mass with holes and hands, for all men with money and the will to consume the prostituted to masturbate into.
Trauma makes sure that there is human left inside the prostituted class.
That is why the only solution is to completely abolish the sex trade – for we cannot live a whole class being into sex dolls and call ourselves a decent…
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A dreadful myth and the myth that many in authority use as a reason to legalise prostitution – the old myth that prostitution must be safe if it only placed indoors.
As a survivor of indoors prostitution, every cell of my body knows this is a horrific lie, a lie that is causing a genocide of the prostituted class to be hidden behind closed doors.
This is the lie that makes the UN think legalisation is a some answer to violence and disease in the prostituted class; this is the lie that allows governments to abandoned the prostituted class; this is the lie that underpins that prostitution is just sex work.
The lie that you make prostitution safe enough by just building more brothels, having more escorts and making it as invisible as possible to those who are not consuming the prostituted.
There’s is the rub – it is not…
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This is a letter I received from the United Nations on why they are backing the decriminalisation of prostitution.
Thank you for your email messages and for your engagement in this important global challenge: how can the world reduce human rights violations while improving health outcomes in the context of sex work?
Let me start by underlining that efforts to combat sexual exploitation and human trafficking are critical to both protect human rights and to advance the AIDS response. To these ends, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) supports the implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children.
We see as crucial, efforts focused on the identification and criminal prosecution of individuals and criminal networks that exploit and abuse sex workers through force…
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