Monthly Archives: February 2014

Judged on What You Want!

It seems like everyone already pretty much said the basics of week 8. In my opinion everyone is judged no matter what you do. You have an unplanned pregnancy your a slut, a whore..you name it a girls been called it. If you are having a baby your being told to stay home, he’s keeping you home so you don’t go out..or your whipped..most common thing I hear these days are its for the money. You don’t necessarily have to a slut to get an abortion and you don’t necessarily have to be with a partner to get inseminated you can just want a baby. That is like saying you can’t have sex ever its a huge mistake, meanwhile everyone and everybody is doing it. Women get raped they get pregnant they want an abortion because some women want a baby with a man of their choice and other women don’t want to destroy a child’s life. Therefore abortions aren’t for sluts.

Personally, what ever makes you happy and feel good about yourself then it shouldn’t matter what anyone has to say about a choice you made about your body. Whether its having an unplanned pregnancy or getting inseminated.

I know quite a bit of people who can’t have kids and cant afford procedures to be able to have a baby and are currently on a waiting list for adoption. Makes you wonder why girls get abortions on a daily basis. Not me. Sex is a totally normal thing and so are mistakes along with choices. If you chose to have sex and make a baby then why not go to a doctor and get inseminated? your still able to get pregnant.

Political views disgrace everyone and deprives them of their right to do what they want to do. Whether its making an abortion illegal or raising the price of wanting to bear a child. The government has so much to say and they have never really been in anyone else’s life or even heard of it. So much possibilities and so little choices.

Anyway, point being your going to be judged on what you want to do with your body…whatever makes you feel good about something do it, why care what anyone else has to think? No one has the right to tell you anything regarding your personal self or choice…by all means.

-Lacy

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COMPULSORY HETEROSEXUALITY AND LESBIAN EXISTENCE

There are some circumstances in which you might find yourself ; where there is no body to talk with, to confide in. But guess what?? you may find answers and overcome your personal obstacles. This book of ADRIENNE RICH is writing to solve social personal problems in the world and the principle of life as feminists.

Heterosexuality, is according to Rich a violent political institution in which male’s right, physical, economical and emotional access  to women. Women should direct their energies to women rather than men, and portrays lesbianism as an extension of feminism. She is making her point of  view clear to women that they should not depend on men and understand the meaning of lesbian experience. In order to gain this physical, economical, and emotional access to women, Rich lays a framework developed by KATHLEEN GOUGH who listed eight characteristics of male power, dominance in the contemporary societies such as: denying women their own sexuality, forcing male sexuality upon women, exploiting their labor to control, have control over their children, confinement, male transaction, cramp women’s creativeness, men withholding knowledge which shows that the society has forgotten to include women in both public or private spheres. It is clear that these characteristics show how the denial of sexuality for women is a means to control and suppress any transition, creativeness, and economic advancement of women. she argues again that if women are neglected, denied or though less it hundred per cent responsible although, they find heterosexuality imposed on them. They no choice than to manage. Rich is proposing to all the women that if they find it really difficult to choose between heterosexuality and lesbian existence, let them separate first of all from men and engage themselves in lesbian relationships because the opinion she has on compulsory heterosexuality is that it denies women of their own sexuality and comfortability in exploring their bodies and those of others as if it is writing somewhere that only men can satisfy them!!

In my own understanding, power is meant to dominate over nature not over human beings. Therefore, women should rise and make their choices in order to be important in the society. After all, they have the power to control men. we must make them understand that we are all equal and have the same right.

Chioma

Angela Davis and Sterilization by Amy Johnson

Having yourself permanently sterilized by your own personal choice is one thing, but having your chance of bearing children ripped away from you to help cut down on population size and the amount of “unfit” individuals is quite another. When I read Angela Davis: Reproductive Rights I think the only word that I could use to describe it that would be remotely appropriate for the content would have to be MORTIFYING! I don’t understand how anyone in their right mind could justify taking away someone’s ability to bear a child all because you want to cut down on the population a little. Like seriously WTF!?!?
In this article Angela Davis discusses how permanent sterilization was abused during the 1930’s-1970’s. Teenagers as young as 12-years-old were being permanently sterilized “Minnie Lee, who was 12 years old, and Mary Alice, who was 14, had been unsuspectingly carted into an operating room, where surgeons irrevocably robbed them of their capacity to bear children.” The first issue I have with this is that they’re children, I don’t care what colour they are they’re children. The second issue I have with this is that their mother couldn’t read the document she was signing, she was misled into believing she was signing something else, that to me sounds like something that should have been illegal to say the least. The amount of illiterate people who were taken advantage of because they couldn’t read the document they were signing is just completely unfair and wrong. The federal government had actually FUNDED 100,000-200,000 sterilizations in just a year. I agree with the wording used “genocide” because I don’t know how else you could describe that. In 1964 alone 65% of these women sterilized were of colour. I think I can see a double standard here, as it was even put in the article “the domestic population policy of the U.S definitely has an undeniably racist edge”.
The events taking place in this article were unreal, you hear about this kind of stuff happening in stories but it’s scary to think that it happened in real life not even 100 years ago. How the government ever had the political right or just the fucking audacity to strip women of their reproductive rights is beyond me.

I’m very highly pro-choice, I believe once you can understand the choice you’re making to go on birth control, have an abortion, be permanently sterilized, etc. then you should definitely be able to do it! But no one should be able to make those kind of choices for you, ever, whether you’re an adult or child. You should be able to ‘choose your choice’ no matter what race, gender, or class you are.

ABORTIONS ARE FOR SLUTS?

When I think about abortions, the first word that comes to mind sure isn’t “murderer.” Jessica Valenti does a great job on discussing many abortion issues that woman are faced with every day, all over the world. In her book, Full Frontal Feminism, two of her chapters discuss abortion rights, and the expectations that are put on women to become mothers, whether they want to, or not.

In my opinion, everybody should have the right to their own bodies, and no one should be able to take any of those rights away from you. On page 85 and 86 in If These Uterine Walls Could Talk, Jessica Valenti talks about a bill in Arizona and Texas, where Republicans tried to pass a bill which allowed doctors to lie to women about their prenatal test results. They wanted to make sure that women wouldn’t get abortions if their pregnancies were in danger. Messed up right? In Canada that would be extremely illegal, so let’s all be glad we live in Canada and not the US.

Sex is a pretty normal thing. Everybody has it in some way or another, at some point in their lives. You shouldn’t be punished for engaging in a natural activity, because if sex was never discovered, none of us would be here today. Everybody makes mistakes, and getting pregnant when you’re not planning it, is a very common one. Not every baby is planned, and the people who decide to keep their unwanted pregnancies are probably either forced to, they have no other option to, or they are in a stable enough position in life to have one. What about all the younger kids out there who are still in school? The ones who aren’t financially stable to raise a child of their own because they are still a child themselves? Those are the people who should have every right to get their pregnancy aborted. Another point Jessica brought up was what happens if you were to get raped by your father? Having the child would be incest, so aborting it would be the best thing for not only you, but for the child as well. Taking these rights away from people is so wrong is so many ways. So again, how is it selfish to get an abortion? Most woman choose to get them because they know its right for them, AND their child’s future. When thinking about abortions, not many people think about it from the male’s point of view. What happens when you have a random hook up at a party, and the girl gets pregnant? Do you think the guy is going to want to pay child support for the rest of his life? Abortion rights also impact men, which not a lot of people put into consideration.

Jessica Valenti states that 99 percent of woman will use birth control at some point in their lives. On page 91 and 92, she talks about how women have gone to their local pharmacy to fill a prescription of birth control, and the pharmacist refused to give it to them if they weren’t married, or if they weren’t using it to regulate their period. How insane is that? Just because they have a certain view on premarital sex, that shouldn’t take away your freedom to take a pill to prevent you from becoming pregnant! Thirteen states now have the law where pharmacists and other health care professionals are allowed to refuse any medications that go against any of their moral and religious beliefs, ect. If someone was taking the pill to prevent pregnancy, to help acne, or to regulate their period, it shouldn’t be any ones business but their own. This absolutely blows my mind!

Moral of my blog is that there are a lot of messed up issues going on all around us, everyday. Again, we should all be extremely thankful that we live in Canada so that we don’t have to worry about our freedom to have sex taken away from us. Not just having sex, but some of the downfalls there are behind having sex. So ladies, keep taking your pill, get an abortion if you think its right, and don’t let anybodies views of sex, keep you from having it!

-Danielle

Stop Forced Sterilizations

sterilImagine being robbed of the chance of ever bearing children of your own and forced into an agreement by the government which would limit your chance of acquiring proper health care, resources or support. Well according to Angela Davis: Reproductive Rights, that was the reality for many women during 1930’s to the 1970’s. The practice of eugenics were widely accepted by political views and practiced through the United States which was adopted from “The Nazis Hereditary Health Law,” this practice created a new method of birth control. I understand and accept the use of birth control but to the extreme levels of leaving a woman infertile I don’t accept. What’s wrong with the government to place a high number of women at risk of infections, infertility and potential death?

The use of “compulsory sterilization as a means of eliminating the “unfit” sectors of the population” sounds more like a dramatic movie, oh wait that’s right the Hungry Games is similar to this historical event that eliminated many potential lives. I don’t agree with this method of birth control, an act of genocide or extermination of people, call it whatever you want to call it. In reality it’s a political act of power to perverse the “acceptable” and “loyal” followers and to “prevent the reproduction of mentally deficient persons,” what gives the government the right to choose who lives or dies? Angela Davis gives evidence on historical events that had stripped women of the right to bear children, The Relf sister’s were age 12 and 14 that underwent the operation, there other sister was 16 years old,  with all together around 100,000 to 200,000 sterilizations had occurred during this process of population control.

The Department of Health, Education and Welfare had funded, encouraged and ordered the dsc_08204sterilization for many cases of youth and women within the welfare system. Abusing the right to act on behalf of a person, controls wither or not that person is capable or wealthy enough to have a child is unacceptable. Early white feminists should have looked at the intersectional analysis of the lower-class women within the systems; I could understand how angry the women of color would have been in this situation. Population control or not, this just pisses me off, I could relate because I have a child and although abortion was not my option it may be for others but to be placed in this position by the government is plain out wrong. I am pro-choice because I believe women should be able to make that decision, who said the government is the BOSS of our bodies.

There is a big difference between none-colored women and women of color that had been sterilized; 65 percent of sterilized women were black, 35 percent were white and by 1976 , 24 percent were Native. Some of the colored women hardly spoke English or no English at all, many of the women were poor, of color or mentally challenged and determined by the government unfit to have children. Racism within the reproduction rights argument that Angela Davis is examining is true, I agree with her article that women of color faced a higher risk of being practiced on. One out of four Native women within the Indian Health Services Hospital in Claremore, Oklahoma would be sterilized while giving birth, is that normal? What gives the right for the Doctors to operate on their patients in exchange for services of the sterilization? You would think for all the discrimination, racism and genocide Native people have endured they would be exempted from this practice but apparently not.

                  Dr. Clovis Pierce had made his future patients with two or more children “submit” to the sterilization if they wanted his services and to deliver their babies, the women on welfare would be selected to this process. He said “tired of people running around and having babies and paying for them with my taxes” but all while forcing the patient to want proper health services or to place themselves and the child at danger. Clearly high professional ranking positions would be in a man’s power, such a Doctor right? If there were more female Doctors during this period in history do you think the percentage of sterilization would decrease? It was obvious of the first wave feminist movement when white women were given the right to vote that they held power but how much did the government grant to them? I think this period of sterilization in the 1930’s was just another distraction towards females to keep their minds, thoughts and actions on other issues, oppressions and practices.akhbaar-0071

                What really captured my attention within the article were the stories of women, the statistics of colored women chosen for this medical method and the notion of a perfect picture family for native people who were suggested the proper family dynamitic within a pamphlet. A racist claim that children bring poverty and without them wealth could be reached through a sketch of a family with many children and one horse versus a family with one child and many horses. The population policy the U.S government practiced was clearly racist but this still did not justify the fact of the outcomes and all the lives of women they disrupted. All the attention is aimed at women within this sterilization abuse theory, where were the entire male’s focus in this policy? Is there even any? Or is it suggested that it’s the women’s responsibilities and that women should be the only primary focus?

Angela Davis article was a great read, every few sentences I was getting more heatenative pic class blogd about the issues around reproductive rights. I never really thought about it as being an issued or had a concern about what practices were or are out there. The education and knowledge of knowing was not a concern till now, I know there is something wrong with the big picture when I would be getting mad at the evidence within this article. And just to think they are still providing the sterilization to those women who can’t afford an abortion, this practice is still being encouraged to women in low-classes and essentially women of color feel the backlash of the propaganda of this ridiculous medical method. Ugh I can go on and on about the many issues related to the sterilization abuse, this is one heated topic for feminist to think about and act upon.

“Sterilization abuse must be ended”- Angela Davis

-B. Chartrand

Lets stop with the term “selfish whore”

             When first thinking about abortions I would say they are wrong and that there is other options for women to take. After reading two sections in Full Frontal Feminism; if these uterine walls could talk and real women have babies, I quickly changed my direction of thinking. Jessica Valenti makes a lot of good arguments when it comes to women and abortions. She also makes a clear discussion about how it is expected that all women want and should have children.

                Firstly, I never realized that abortions were considered so cruel to the extent that they could kill abortion providers. Jessica Valenti states on page 85 that “In South Dakota, a bill was introduced that would have legalized killing abortion providers – yes seriously”. What were people in South Dakota thinking! Abortion providers should not be killed over a medical procedure that they are trained professionally for. Many bills have been introduced but how many of those can be forced? How many are truly realistic? It makes me disgusted that a bill would be introduced about killing someone in the first place, it does not matter what that person does for an occupation. Jessica Valenti talks a lot about the law and the bills that have become over the years. Before reading this chapter I thought it was fair that young women are being questioned and need parental consent before having an abortion. I thought a lot of young women would be surprised at the support their parents might give them. I never took into consideration that fathers could be the ones getting their daughters pregnant and that the girls could be later abused. I also never thought about the women who get pregnant from rape. I did not take those two situations into consideration; clearly the people who approved this law did not as well. Valenti states that one-third of women will get abortions in America. These women are not necessarily selfish-sluts or they’ve taken the easy way out by getting abortions. Some of these women are facing serious abuse. Valenti is a good read because she opens the mind to different situations that men or women might not take into consideration. I hope the people who read Full Frontal Feminism no longer see the women who walk into clinics as the “murders” (that’s if they did before).

                Something else men and women do not take into consideration, especially those who are against abortions, is contraception. Do you not think that the morning after pill should be discussed considering it is a lot harder on the woman’s body than birth control pills are? Also a lot of women use birth control for other reasons like regulating their period, acne, menstruation cramps, etc. Now I am no pharmacist but I think birth control is a very beneficial pill for women. Jessica Valenti says that 99 percent of women will use birth control at one point in their life. I personally have never experienced this but it is said that some women have been rejected to get their birth control prescription filled. Rude. Rude because I have never heard of men being rejected to buy condoms at shoppers drug mart. The thing that bothers me most about this is that when men buy condoms it is clear that they are going to go and enjoy an orgasm. When women get birth control it does not mean they are going to go and enjoy pleasurable sex; they might be doing it for acne or other cases. The problem is that women are having sex for pleasure. While being married you do not need birth control because you should be baby making. Sex is only for baby making and no pleasure, well at least for women. If you are having premarital sex then you still do not need birth control because if you do get pregnant that is your punishment for being a slut. No birth control for women right? Does this make any sense? No!

                This little section of the chapter gave me a chuckle. Jessica Valenti talks about on page 90 that the University of Wisconsin handed out emergency contraception kits before spring break but LeMahiu saw it: “I am outraged that our public institutions are giving young college women the tools for having promiscuous sexual relation, whether on campus or thousands of miles away on spring break”, Jerk! I personally think that the women who took the kits are going to have sex over spring break whether you give them the kits or not. Considering they are all probably on a tight budget because tuition is so expensive (that is another discussion) the University is smart to make it safe for their students.

                For the women who have children props to you. I hope one day I will be a mother. I do not believe in the logic that “I can so I should”. Not all women want to have children or maybe they cannot. The thought that all women will have children at one point in their life is a very negative thought to carry around. It puts a lot of pressure on single women, women who cannot have children and gay couples.

                It is unfortunately evident that single and pregnant is wrong, married and not pregnant is wrong and unless a heterosexual you should not be pregnant. What is right these days? Man and women being married with children in a house with a white fence around the yard and a bright red door? Common, that only happens in movies.

“No Dick, No Deal” – Valenti

 

-Cortney

               

I. AM. NOT. A. WHORE.

Reading Sex Work: Background: Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Who are you calling a whore, really opened up my eyes to how incredibly controversial sex work really is, not only in societies eye but even in the eyes of the law. I don’t see the big controversy in it myself. If someone feels victimized by sex work while in the industry then clearly, in their case, they are in the wrong line of work or that is their only option. In which case I feel very sorry for that individual and hope they can find a career that makes them happy. On the other hand if they feel empowered by being in sex work and it makes them feel confident and sexy then I say more power to you. It really is in the mindset of the individual. I can see it from both sides sanding up on a stage in from of a bunch of men through money at you could be completely degrading but one can think of it as “I’m just a piece of meat to them”, or “they are through money at me because they think I’m sexy and love my body”. Of course the obvious thing is that they are objectifying you but let’s be realistic your standing up there in a lingerie and you’re expecting them to fall in love with your personality? It’s just part of the job and a simple fact of if you can handle the perks and disadvantages or not. It’s funny though because ask me a year ago and I would have been completely against it and going on and on about how this line of work is degrading and disrespectful to women. I wouldn’t have even considered looking at the other side of sex work and how it could be empowering as well. The thing that changed my mind was a quote made by Dr. Laura Schlessinger, “you’re an unpaid prostitute”. She said this to a women who struggling because she was sleeping around we guys who wouldn’t call her the next day and was starting to feel degraded. Now though harsh, her statement made a lot of sense. There are women that sleep with men on the first date and not much is said, but the moment you decide that you want to make money for it you are considered to be degrading yourself and you are cheap? If anything these women are taking power in what they have. Now sex work definitely isn’t for everyone but if you have the right mind set about it and it make you feel empowered then shake what your momma gave ya!

Who’re You Calling a Whore?

Before taking this class, when I thought of sex work I thought of prostitution, and though I told myself I was “keeping an open mind” I never truly understood how women could be empowered and actually LOVE being involved in sex work. I guess you could say I was a feminist who thought that prostitution, stripping, and sex work was a system where women were always oppressed and victims of the patriarchal society that we live in. After reading Who’re You Calling a Whore?: A Conversation with Three Sex Workers on Sexuality, Empowerment, and the Industry, I really started to question the negative opinions I had on sex workers. Susan, Mariko and Saundra completely embody and stand behind their experiences in sex work. I think that society portrays sex work as dangerous, disempowering, and that women are always victims in the industry. As women, we are told that after you graduate high school you must further your education in order to get a good job, because you don’t want to “end” up like the girl stripping down at the local bar. Society has taught us that women in the sex industry don’t necessarily choose to be a part of it, but have to in order to support themselves and their families. To Susan, Mariko and Saundra being in the sex industry is their job, not any different than being a teacher or carpenter. As Saundra says “an exploited woman is one who is not comfortable in her line of work, does not enjoy what she is doing, and is only doing it out desperation, coercion, or it seemed like the only way to make easy money.” This can be experienced in any profession; woman doctors or salesperson’s can be exploited and sexually harassed in their work place just the same as women in sex work.

This conversation showed me how empowering sex work can be for some women, who truly enjoy their job. Mariko explained that sexuality is powerful and that experimenting with that superiority can be very interesting. I realized that for some women being a part of the sex industry may be a way of going against the sexist and patriarchal world that we are all a part of. Being in control of the situation and of the men you encounter must be so empowering, especially if your previous sexual experiences have been characterized by inequality, or even rape. Susan explained that “if a woman has the strength and desire to deconstruct and reconstruct societal views of sexuality for herself, and on her own terms, she is more likely to come from a place of empowerment.” I love this statement! I no longer have negative views of women who are in the sex work industry; I may even be a bit jealous of their strength. How incredible would it be to deconstruct the way society views sexuality!

I’ll finish by quoting Susan one more time. “We don’t even merit the basic human and civil rights that non-sex-working citizens are entitled to – such as protection by law enforcement, due and just process under the judicial system, or even simple common decency from our fellow humans.” Do I even need to address how wrong that is?!

NO WOMAN IS FREE UNTIL PROSTITUTES ARE FREE!

-Tracie Henderson

Sex Works

Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada is one of those many readings for Feminism which has enlightened me on the finer points of feminist perspectives. This time around the illumination comes to the Canadian Sex Worker Industry. Typical of an educational paper a large chunk of the reading establishes the complicated history of Canadian Prostitution Policy.

What begins as a seemingly dry, cumbersome read quickly develops into an insightful nonpartisan breakdown of the events, biases, and cultural machinations which contributed to the creation and evolution of the Canadian Prostitution Policy, from 1860 to 2013. Meulen, Durisin, and Love have an interesting article here. I was fascinated to see how the original laws developed to protect women, themselves a part of the deep seated belief that women were a property and commodity powerless against ‘defilement’, could be twisted into another means of controlling women. From there the article details the major steps towards social awareness in regards to sex work which took place in the last 40 years, as well as the government’s incessant waffling on the issue. This eventually leads to Bill C-49 and soon the 2010 Bedford v. Canada case. Although this section does a good job bringing to light the inherent class and race issues associated with sex work and the pressures which may force such a life on to some, there is a curious lack of homosexual or transsexual sex work.

It is as important to me as it should be to anyone to understand the truly difficult situations Sex Workers face, and the lasting, socially ostracizing effect the societal laws and ignorances can have on them. Perhaps it is a bit of cheating, but reading ahead to Who Are You Calling a Whore from Yes means Yes, sex workers of all forms are constantly fighting a battle with themselves, the world around them, and the sometimes dangerous clientele the work attracts. It is shocking to read just how dangerous that life can be, and just how easy it is to make that job so much safer.
The rest of the article deals with the varying conceptual beliefs between major feminism parties in regards to the subject of sex work. This is where I noticed a particular bias coming through. Although all three viewpoints are established clearly and logically, at least one or two negative criticisms are levied at each type of feminist; special effort is made to mention the Radical feminists, fighting for prohibition of sex work, as being privy to making “broad, sweeping remarks” in the name of shock value; Liberal feminists, fighting for legalization of sex work, are swiftly tied to their tendency to over-regulate and provide very strict punishments for those not following their rules. The only ones who don’t seem to have any real criticism in this situation are the Marxists, fighting for decriminalization.

Now, don’t get me wrong; I agree with the Marxists in this situation. Decriminalization seems like the best way to go. It allows sex workers to have an actual business, it contributes to the end of the slut shaming epidemic, it allows for unions, workers comp, statutory holidays, and other rights afforded to most other workers in Canada. I agree that it’s the right way to go. However, it was interesting to notice that particular bias show through. I suppose it’s not smart to undercut the message you’re trying to sell while selling it though…

It’s a great read. It’s very eye opening, and that is the most important part. Getting the message out about this facet of society which is oh too easily forgotten. I look forward to talking all my friends’ ears off about it.

-Connor

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Sex Work

The first time I was asked to really think about prostitution was last semester in a Crime & Community class. My teacher asked me to make a list about the pros of prostitution. Not the cons, the pros. At first, this was very hard for me. I could think of a list of cons instantly, but had a super hard time coming up with any pros of prostitution. I mean, how could offering your body to random men for sexual purposes have any pros about it at all? It wasn’t until I was lead to think about prostitution as “just another job”- that my list started to grow.

In the article “Canadian Sex Work Policies and Politics”, the authors outlined the controversial history of the sex work policies in Canada, ending with the current legislation that is in place today. Before 1867, the laws regarding sex work were “based on a social understanding of the monetary and proprietary value of women in relation to a male counterpart”. Some cities even tolerated prostitution in the “recognition of the need to service the large surplus male population.” So basically, prostitution was sort of okay because men wanted sex, and prostitutes were an accessible and easy way for that to happen. Between 1869 and 1892, changes were made to the Criminal Code of Canada as a type of response to the significant amount of outcries from social and moral reformers for the need of women to be protected and shielded from the sexual exploitation they were receiving from males. It wasn’t until 1913 that the Criminal Code increased punishments towards offenders, and not solely the prostitutes (so they said). Prostitutes were still being targeted under the new regulations, and in many cases were “subjected to overnight detentions and mandatory medical exams” by police officers. In 1983, the introduction of Bill C-49 had dramatic effects on sex workers. It made the “communication for the purpose of engaging in prostitution” a Criminal Code offence, which made sex work practically impossible. As of today, the act of prostitution is legal, but it is illegal if the act is suggested or carried out in public (yes, this even means having sex in the back seat of a car for money is illegal).

Sex work has been at the heart of feminist activism for an incredibly long time. But, as we have seen, not all feminists have the same views on things. Radical feminists completely want the act of prostitution to be illegal- gone, done, finished- for good. In their eyes, sex workers are the “victims of male sexual violence and in need of rescue.” I completely disagree with radical feminists. I think they take their approaches to issues to the extreme and are completely one-sided in their arguments. I mean, what about the women who WANT to be a sex worker? Secondly, some feminisms push to have sex work legalized and regulated because they see it is a problem that will never go away. Those who want to be involved can be, whereas those who are forced (ex. human trafficking) can be saved from the vicious exploitation rings. Finally, the last framework involves feminists who want complete decriminalization of sex work. They believe that sex work should be just like any other job; it should have workplace standards, benefits, and safety for all employees. By decriminalizing sex work, we do something that the practice of feminism is all about- we give women the power to make their own choices. “I choose my choice” is the chant I think about when I think of sex work now. After reading many pro-prostitution views and arguments,  I have completely changed my view point on the practice of sex work. Women should have the freedom to choose what profession they want to be in. If it is sex work to put food on the table for their family, or simply because they love to have sex, that’s bad ass. And in my view, being a bad ass woman is what being a feminist is all about.

Oh, and by the way, now my list of pros for SEX WORK surpasses my list of cons by an incredible amount.

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By: Michelle Ernest