Prostitution itself is a technology, a communication system, as much and at times more than it is a system for organizing sexuality. It signals. Walk for a moment through a red-light district in your head and you won’t see sex—just its red-hot flares.
There are people, especially on tumblr, who bully others in the name of social justice and are accused of “taking social justice too far.” These people generally deserve criticism, but they aren’t guilty of “extreme social justice.”
When somebody is angry that a homeless…
It makes me happy when I see folks using social justice as a reason to find more ways to be kind to (and considerate of) each other. It makes me frustrated when I see folks using social justice as a way to displace or reenact aggression.
As anyone who has been a geek can tell you, having been bullied does not make you immune to bullying others. It means - like any other type of emotional abuse - it’s a behavior you may have learned and internalized, and a script you may feel a strong pull to flip.
Flipping the abuse cycle is not a radical act. Ending it is.
Begin that kindness with yourself. Look for where and how you were hurt and try not to perpetuate that pain in others or within yourself.
This is a lifelong practice and perhaps the greatest act of social justice any of us will have opportunity to do. This saves lives. This makes generations more resilient and safer inside. This is how we shape healthy relationships and families (of choice, origin, or circumstance) - because no matter our backgrounds, we deserve love and support.
PTSD is a thing too many of our activists are living with. Let’s do what we can, where we can, to take care of ourselves and stop the cycle.
Photo of Dirty Martini by Tal Shpantzer, for OOF films.
It’s been some time since I’ve heard someone articulate femme so well. I do femme drag as gender whenever I “go out” and the simpler sister when I’m tired. Is it Parody? yes and no. It’s definitely chosen and performative and in your…
"Because femme disassociates femininity from woman, femmes are people of all genders and sexual orientations." Gold.
Red Umbrella Project has a community organizing opportunity for those who care about sex workers’ rights, human trafficking, and alternatives to incarceration in NYC. We are conducting research on the new Human Trafficking Intervention Courts located in Queens and Brooklyn and need some volunteers to help in recording information (but don’t worry, no knowledge of statistics is required).
Come do organizing with us and let’s figure out together how to provide peer support to people arrested on prostitution charges and processed through the new Human Trafficking Intervention Courts in NYC.
Theorizing the Web 2014 will feature three special, highlighted panels. Our keynote this year is panel on race and social media; we also have a panel on theorizing big data, and are now thrilled to announce a panel on sex work and the web.
I’ll be moderating this panel, with a very cool line-up: Emma Caterine from Red Umbrella Project, Brian Fuss from HOOK Online, N’jaila Rhee from This Week in Blackness After Dark, and Stoya from Adult Performer Advocacy Committee. Learn more and then join us in April.
There should be a word for that particular heartbreak you feel while debating on a panel along with Save Our Sisters, when they keep on dabbling in sensationalist rhetoric—“Imagine if it were *YOUR* daughter or sister? Wouldn’t you want someone to *SAVE* her?—and you…