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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
This is an interesting article from Scotland. We don’t necessarily agree with every single thing it says, but it is generally encouraging.
“I had to obliterate myself with drugs to get through it," she said. "Prostitution is paid rape. It is not a choice. It is not fun. It was not like work to me. It was trauma to me.”
Kudos to the BBC for calling a spade a spade and saying what it is: prostitution. (Even if they do call it sex work later in the article, it’s still progress.)
Now they've been highlighted, watch the harrassment bombardment for being SWERFS begin.