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Tragedy Porn

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Great speech by Elena Jeffreys at a recent conference entitled "Feminist Futures" in Australia.

Some extracts:

Do not assume anything about the sex workers you are meeting at the Scarlet Alliance conference this weekend. Do not assume anythingabout the sex workers you meet on Facebook, who you see in the media, who you see doing advocacy.Do not assume we have not been victims of assault, discrimination, family breakdown, abuse, violence, bad work conditions, domestic violence, poverty, police corruption or crime. We are people, just like you, who have faced everything in a life that any human being faces.

'Tragedy porn':

This is what we call “tragedy porn”: A desire in the feminist movement to hear tragic stories of hardship from sex workers, and when we don’t tell them, we face the accusation that we are covering up the “truth” about sex work.

For example when we speak about the lack of incidents of trafficking in the sex industry, we are accused of being in denial about migrant sex workers' lives

People who need counselling and support to work through trauma in their lives shouldn’t have to perform their grief for you in order to access basic human rights, assistance or justice.

Without the Damned Whores there was no need for God’s Police – feminists who have claimed to be rescuing sex workers were given platforms, celebrated, influenced policy, and found themselves a voice in Australia during the last two centuries.

Seems Australia has the same problems with HH like feminists who just want us all to be tragic sex slaves.

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And just because you have had some kind of woeful persononal circumstances yonks ago does not mean you entered the sex for the wrong reason,s, or that your woe's were somehow the cause of it all.

I suffered from domestic issue's to a degree but its not why I started the job ffs. I did so because I wanted to earn a good living (and stick 2 fingers up at my lazy ass benefit sponger ex husband in the process)...and I did.x All happy here thanking you very much.

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And just because you have had some kind of woeful persononal circumstances yonks ago does not mean you entered the sex for the wrong reason,s, or that your woe's were somehow the cause of it all.

I suffered from domestic issue's to a degree but its not why I started the job ffs. I did so because I wanted to earn a good living (and stick 2 fingers up at my lazy ass benefit sponger ex husband in the process)...and I did.x All happy here thanking you very much.

Exactly... we have many of the same experiences of other women and as such our entry in to WG cannot be presumed to be consequential to those experiences.

I hate treading on the cracks in pavement stones but I don't think OCD is causal to me becoming a WG.

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Exactly... we have many of the same experiences of other women and as such our entry in to WG cannot be presumed to be consequential to those experiences.

I hate treading on the cracks in pavement stones but I don't think OCD is causal to me becoming a WG.

Who hasn't had some horribly difficult experience in life anyway? It is not as if we float through life without struggling EVER. It may be relative, in that what one person sees as the biggest struggle they have ever had may be a walk in the park to someone else when they compare it to their own . The only causal affect my past has had on me is that it is part of the sum of who I am. That is true of EVERYONE. Even Harriet Harman.

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Apparently they also make you gay. :blink:

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