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How to be a good Feminist Big Sister…

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Long story short:  I have a half sister on my biological father’s side (apparently, he doesn’t talk to any of his four children, so at least we all have that in common).  I also have two half brothers that I met once as a child, but I have just become acquainted with my sister.

She just started her first semester of college.  She is going into Nursing, with an emphasis on Hispanic Health and Human Services.  In a recent conversation I found out that she has all kinds of Proggy/Femmy tendencies (which is not surprising, knowing her mom), though I don’t know to what extent.  I want to send her a Feminist Big Sister Care Package, and I need some advice on what that should entail.  So, I am turning to you, internets.  What would you send in a Feminist Big Sister Care Package?

The Red Queen has already suggested The Hotheaded Paisan, which I haven’t read yet myself.

What else?

March 3rd is International Sex Workers’ Rights Day

SWOP USA has more info and links on the history of March 3rd and International Sex Workers’ Rights Day.

 

I believe that Sex Workers are human beings.  That pretty much sums up my feelings on the subject, but for anyone new and following along at home let me expound on that.

I believe that Sex Workers have a right to their own bodies.  Meaning, they alone should have the agency to determine what they do w/ it, and w/ whom.  So long as all parties involved are consenting adults it is none of my, nor anyone else’s business.

I believe that Sex Work is a valid line of work, and that those who work in the industry have a right to be treated w/ respect.  People who choose to work in the Sex Industry are making a living, sometimes the best way they know how.  I believe that we should repeal criminalization laws regarding voluntary sex work in order to protect the lives of people working in the Sex Industry.  I believe that this would be a first step in making health care and security available to Sex Workers, and allow us to focus more on dire crimes like trafficking and child prostitution, which would be illegal anyway, even if prostitution were legal everywhere.  It could put some women in more control of their lives, and help them to get things like insurance and retirement.

I believe that the criminalization of Sex Work puts more women at risk of bodily and mental harm.  I think that projects like nation-wide stings that are supposedly aimed at saving children are really about punishing women who have the audacity to be sexual.  It enforces a moral code of few onto many.  Criminalization can prevent Sex Workers who are abused, beaten, raped, or even killed from getting justice.  Fear of criminal action could prevent women already at risk from seeking help.  It also seems to overwhelmingly let people who are paying for services provided by Sex Worker off the hook, which seems hypocritical when we are arresting Sex Workers in huge numbers w/ the excuse that “it’s illegal!”.

Feel free to chime in w/ comments on Sex Workers’ rights.  This is a pretty basic post, since I am new to getting into the issues of Sex Workers’ rights.

I also want to thank everyone who commented in my last post on Sex Work w/ lots of information.

*This post is dated March 4th b/c I am not yet used to blogging from another time zone.  My apologies for the lateness, but it is technically March 3rd somewhere.

So…

I have not watched a lot of CSI for a few seasons.  I am pretty sure the usual time slot ran against something else I usually watched, and if I had a chance to catch a show or two I would.  I liked the show.  Never watched it w/ my feminist lens on.  There was quite a bit I loved as a not yet feminist/womanist identified woman (I really liked the character Catherine).

There is a channel here that broadcasts a lot of US shows on one ad free channel about mid-season on the Singapore time zone, and it started the newest season, of which I caught last season’s finale.  Good a time as ever, I supposed.

(Spoilers ahead)

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Just wondering…

We just took The Kid to see Madagascar 2 on the base theatre (hey, it’s free).  Aside from some critical thinking about the movie as a whole, which I am too tired for at the moment, and my wondering what other people think of the “Ha ha!  Hippos are fat!  Get it!  She’s fat!” thing that feels a little in my face, I want to know…

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This is going to be unpopular…

but I have to say something.  I am not ready to come back to blogging yet, but this is eating at me.  If this is a tad incoherent, my apologies.

I haven’t written about what is going on w/ Gaza, Palestine and Israel.  I haven’t known what to say, b/c it isn’t as simple as it looks.  It isn’t as simple as the bigger guy beating up and brutalizing the smaller guy mindlessly.

What is happening in Gaza is horrific.  It sickens me to no end.  It is beyond tragic, and I can’t even come up w/ words to describe how incredibly wrong I feel it is.  I do not condone what is happening.  I hate war.  I think it is ugly, and while it may be necessary in some situations, I find that we tend to drag it out much longer than it is ever needed.

I believe deeply in non-violence.  Like bfp said in this post, I prefer to find a non violent way to approach things.  I believe that spanking teaches children that violence is acceptable when you can’t get your way.

But I also spent a good chunk of my life learning about war, how it works, why we do it, and mostly why I vehemently object to it.

I know things.

And there are two sides to every coin, and usually at least three sides to every story: ours, theirs, and in the middle somewhere the truth.

I have told people who have debated war w/ me that I know things.  I have talked to past instructors of mine for ways to answer their questions when they argue the point “B-b-b-but Bush lied about WMDs!!!1!”.  I was told to respond w/ 

“You’re wrong”.

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ZOMG!

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I mean it Shonda, I don’t like this whole dead Denny torturing Izzy thing…this had best be going somewhere…and soon!

ZOMG!

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Haven’t done one of these in a while, but I swear to twelve gods and nine hells that there had best be a good explanation for Izzy thinking she is actually having sex w/ Denny.

And for alienating Alex after all this time.

WTF?

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