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[–] tacocat 4 points (+4|-0)

Of course the comments criticizing Bindel's position are men saying it's women's "choice" to become prostitutes. One even goes so far as to say there is no evidence that women go into prostitution because there's no other choice. Then he goes into a pedantic little rant about pronouns. I thought about making an account so I could try to refute his arguments, but I don't have the strength to do something so frustrating and fruitless today.

Every single article from a feminist on Unherd is filled with comments like these. I don't have the energy to argue with them either; I imagine most women don't. Maybe if a bunch of us jumped in at once it would be easier because it's pretty hard to be the lone female voice pushing back against such a huge wall of male entitlement and narcissism.

[–] tacocat 3 points (+3|-0)

That's really it, isn't it? If I'm alone, I feel like I'm just not able to be loud enough or assertive enough or just ENOUGH to combat millennia of male entitlement and hatred. I'm just one woman, shaking my fist and yelling into the void. I think many of us feel that way, so they get no pushback. But even if they did, I'm not sure there's anything that can get through their thick skulls, because they are men. They are the masters of the universe, and they just don't give a shit.

In the judgement, details of the effect of C’s condition on his behaviour was outlined: ‘C could be extremely challenging; his behaviour was sometimes aggressive and dangerous. In 2011, it was necessary for C to move out of his family home.’

The Times column Julie is responding to didn't mention this inconvenient fact. But even if it hadn't been true in the particular case that led to the judgment, the simple fact is that men with disabilities can pose all kinds of threats to women they use for sex. What about the right of the woman to be safe?