Elizabeth Swan domme supreme a work in progress for Queens of Their Realm
Serena keeps vigil for Julian Assange outside Ecuadorian Embassy
The authorities care so little about violence against women that they manipulate rape allegations at will. As Katrin Axelsson and Lisa Longstaff(Speaking at the People’s Parliament) of Women Against Rape wrote in the Guardian in August 2012, “. . . the allegations against Assange are a smokescreen behind which a number of governments are trying to clamp down on WikiLeaks for having audaciously revealed to the public their secret planning of wars and occupations with their attendant rape, murder and destruction. The possible implementation of the Nordic Model across the UK and Europe would see a escalation of violence towards women, rape, divorce, paranoia, murder and blackmail of politicians trying to cover up their criminality. The Wolfenden Report partly came about to stop politicians being blackmailed, which radical feminists now wish to reverse for their own ideological power politics and financial gain. The Tory MP Mark Menzies case will become common place across the whole political spectrum. If politicians like George Osborne(The Chancellor and the Dominatrix) are too stupid to see what failed politicians like Mary Honeyball are working towards. Who’s only route to power is through criminalising consent.The only beneficiaries will be hostile foreign Governments, the tabloids and insane radical feminists doing for women’s rights what Fukushima did for the Japanese economy.
Selma James chaired an excellent discussion between Melissa Gira Grant who treads beautifully through the linguistic minefield that the radical feminists and evangelicals have laid and English Collective of Prostitutes.
The sex industry is an endless source of prurient drama for the mainstream media. Reporting tends to focus on the most extreme cases of trafficking and abuse. Outside of that, the current trend for writing about and describing actual experiences of sex work fuels a culture obsessed with the behaviour of sex workers. Rarely do these fearful dispatches come from sex workers themselves, and they never seem to deviate from the position that sex workers must be rescued from their condition, and the industry simply abolished.
In her new book Playing the Whore:the Work of Sex Work Melissa Gira Grant argues that current debate around sex work, including most feminist discussion, is pointless and unhelpful. She believes that we need to shift the focus onto the producers of anti-sex work discourse: police, feminists, politicians and anti-prostitution campaigners. Sex workers’ demands, too long relegated to the margins, take center stage in this book: sex work is work, and sex workers’ rights are human rights.
Porn stars, prostitutes and strippers “do not need to be rescued” by anti-porn feminists. That was the rally cry at a London protest on Saturday, with a gathering of around 50 sex workers and industry figures calling for an end of the “demonisation” of pornographers.
The ‘Don’t Censor Me’ demonstration was called by the Sex and Censorship campaign, in response to the UK launch of ‘Stop Porn Culture’, an anti-pornography feminist hate movement led by US academic Gail Dines to persecute and harass Sexworkers.
Renee Richards, a former stripper and porn star, now heavily pregnant, told the crowd she had never encountered exploitation, rape or humiliation in the porn industry.
“These people inside this building don’t really care about the exploitation of women,” she said, referring to the conference-goers. “They don’t care about the women working in sweatshops for big corporations.
“This is all a guise, they don’t like the porn industry because of the strange fear they have of sex. Sex, to them, should be shut away. We should go back to the Victorian times where it was sex only in dark, private rooms, preferably in the missionary position.”