But now I am fucking mad.
Look at this shit. A group of people are getting together to
an ANTI-CHILD-SEX-TRAFFICKING CONFERENCE.
Read that again and let it sink in.
These people are PROTESTING AN ANTI–CHILD-SEX-TRAFFICKING CONFERENCE.
Because of “SOLIDARITY WITH SEX WORKERS.”
Now, I understand that feminists who discuss “sex work” are always supposed to take into consideration the 12 or so college-educated white women who have done it by choice, and we are not supposed to analyze their choices because SHAMING. And I understand that the liberal-feminist, positive-thinking argument is, “We shouldn’t even call child-sex trafficking victims ‘disempowered’ because that will make them feeeeel bad and work as a self-fulfilling prophecy!”
But even from that precariously liberal position, you’d think people would stop to consider: These are CHILDREN we are talking about. And it’s not “ageist” to point out that IF YOU ARE TRAFFICKED INTO SEX SLAVERY AS A CHILD, YOU ARE GOING TO FEEL BAD. Regardless of whether some feminists point out your disempowerment, you are going to feel disempowered from being, you know. SOLD INTO SLAVERY. And RAPED EVERY DAY and all the attending complications of that.
These people are PROTESTING
For fear of DENYING THE TRAFFICKED CHILDREN’S AGENCY. Among assorted sundry other reasons.
Let that sink in for another moment. Yes, really. And some of them have been arguing about it amongst themselves and with radical feminists on Tumblr for the past few days. They’ve been accusing radical feminists of being “pro-cop.” They’ve been claiming radical feminists are organizing the protest. They have been misreading the original poster and claiming it’s all an emotional manipulation tactic akin to KONY 2012.
This is the state of modern nonradical feminism. It’s time to cull the movement. Anyone who supports (or would protest in support of) child sex trafficking can no longer consider themselves feminists. It’s as simple as that.