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Feminism is the movement to liberate women from patriarchy.
We stand up for the rights of women as a sex-class. Women have a right to bodily autonomy and to set their own boundaries and have them respected. We resist efforts to limit women's reproductive autonomy. We condemn the men who exploit and abuse women in prostitution and pornography. We oppose all harms and forms of exploitation of women and girls, regardless of whether or not they're sold as "choice" or re-framed as "empowering." We oppose the movement to redefine "women" in a way that erases the realities of our lives and makes organizing for our liberation as a sex-class impossible.
"In the radical feminist view, the new feminism is not just the revival of a serious political movement for social equality. It is the second wave of the most important revolution in history. Its aim: the overthrow of the oldest, most rigid class/caste system in existence, the class system based on sex – a system consolidated over thousands of years, lending the archetypal male and female roles an undeserved legitimacy and seeming permanence." –Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex
Well that’s the trick isn’t it? The defense slut shames and degrades the woman. This happens in rape cases, divorces, custody cases, DV Cases, etc. Its traumatizing and its BS
When dealing with the judicial system, the medical system, or HR in large organizations, there is a saying, “the process is the punishment.” That is, the victim must face severe, humiliating consequences, which serves to deter others from ever coming forward.
I haven’t heard that before, but it checks out. The process in and of itself is punishment. I’ll be using that from now on 😉
And yet they'll say there's no such thing as rape culture.
In rape cases, the victim is on trial, not the accused.
There needs to be a ban on investigating and asking about a victims' sex life, or making inferences to promiscuity.
It is absolutely irrelevant whether a victim was a virgin or whether she has sex with 1000 men a year, it has no bearing whatsoever on her consent to any individual sex act.
The ONLY exception should be if part of the prosecution's case is that a victim has no interest in a particular sex act, and there is evidence to support or refute, and the victim should be able to opt out of that part of the prosecutions' case so that this can be entirely avoided.