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By Juliana and Jos

“Mexico’s high abortion rate (38 per 1,000 women of reproductive age) indicates that family planning programs are not keeping pace with women’s desire to limit and space their births.”

Trying to keep up with the inspiring immigrant rights activism taking place in the past month? Aura Bogado sums up some of the work that has been done to push for fair immigration reform and an end to deportations.

Melissa Gira Grant debunks the poor reporting of a lousy study that says doesn’t actually say less men are paying for sex.

Brittney Griner on the WNBA’s makeup application class: “I don’t need that shit.”

Spit-take warning: How many male novelists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

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  1. Posted November 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    I would love to start seeing Feministing writing about or linking to articles that demonstrate what the reality of “Sex work” is like for the majority of girls and women, not just the group of women who present it as an empowering, healthy, fun job. Because you know what? Those women who say it’s empowering either have options/choices to escape the life, or they don’t have choices to escape, and they have to tell themselves that and try to believe it in order to survive it. Which, by the way, is a very smart thing to do. Do what you need to to survive. But as those of us fortunate enough to be on the outside, we owe these women and girls complex and inclusive awareness and analysis of this subject.

    Only publishing articles that make it seem empowering, normal, and fun makes an extreme form of subordination seem okay and acceptable. You are ignoring the unconscionable violence and degradation and trauma that is an inherent part of being sold and purchased for sex. How about we hear from the women and girls who did not have the choice to enter or leave the life? Who found the experience the opposite of empowering? The average age of “entry” into prostitution in the U.S. is 13 years old, after all. And numerous and recent studies have demonstrated time and time again the INCREASE in the demand for sex, and an INCREASE in sex trafficking, as well as an INCREASE in trafficking children, when sex work is made legal. The consequences of these increases are many, as one can imagine. Where is the discussion and analysis of these studies, Feministing? Where are the voices of the girls, young women, and grown women who did not have the choice to enter or leave?

    As someone who has survived the life, I get rage strokes when I see you, a feminist website who strives for intersectionality and inclusivity, purport these articles, without anything from the other side time after time. Without any examination of why and how women and girls end up in the life. Without a discussion of the disparity between the 12 year olds getting locked up daily for being bought and sold by adult men, versus those who get the “trafficked” status. How poverty and racism and sexism affect women and girl’s lives and create the circumstances that take away choices and allow girls’ and women’s bodies to be sold and purchased by adult men for sex. (Yes, this happens to people of all genders, races, and income levels, but I’m speaking to the predominant dynamics in the sex trade which is adult men of all races purchasing low income girls of color for sex.)

    Please start listening to our voices. Open the conversation to us. You are doing yourselves, your readers, and the rest of us an extraordinary disservice by shutting us out.

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