fortifiedmischief

fortifiedmischief wrote (edited )

I'm not so much interested in debating the definition as I am interested in the usefulness of the term. I think that in the long run it's to our benefit to be able to differentiate between active colonizers, and descendants of colonizers who uphold anti-colonialism values and actions.

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fortifiedmischief wrote

maybe I'm wrong, but it sounds like the OP is presenting a situation where a label fails to differentiate between people who act very differently from each other. Another way to phrase it might be... how do we benefit from calling all white people in colonized territory "settlers"? People might have some solid points to argue for it, and that would be more interesting to hear than general hostility towards metocin.

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fortifiedmischief wrote

verrrry interesting. I think I always saw youtube as being on the harmless end of things, other than the fact that it's owned by google now. The most annoying thing for me was just that the algorithm is garbage and it no longer shows truly "related" videos on the sidebar. But I'm going to look into it more -- I'm sure it's got dirt worth avoiding.

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fortifiedmischief OP wrote

Do you think women deserve to be abused so some rando can make money off of it?

absolutely and obviously not. so firstly, and sorry for the anger, but fuck you for even suggesting that.

okk

my problem is that demonizing sex work and porn as a whole does nothing to support the people who are already involved in these industries.. of whom many are doing so by choice. Sex work is legitimate work and porn is not an inherently exploitative form of entertainment. Both do and have existed in safe and empowering ways. I have close friends who have done sex work and have been lucky enough to work for women who have an established way of doing business that ensures the safety of the people working and fair pay.

What makes sex work and porn so dangerous, especially now, is that there is little opportunity for workers to organize themselves and establish a structure of accountability and protection for everyone involved. This is largely because of how taboo both these industries have become... because of "feminists" who would burn down the whole brothel no matter how many women are inside.

This attitude makes it extremely difficult to establish "legitimate business protocols" (i kinda hate using these terms... but you get the point) because of the extent to which society undermines the efforts of those trying to make sex work safer.

Another obvious problem with sex work is how hugely gendered it is. Sexism flourishes behind closed doors, and especially in settings as intimate as sex. But, as I've beeeeen saying, eliminating sex work does nothing to address the real issue, which is that women are continuously having their bodily autonomy restricted and it starts way before it ever gets into the sex work industry. It starts with how men and women treat each other online, in the dating scene, in the movies, on the news, around the dinner table. And then it contorts and rots and grows and then those ugly sexist urges get spat out onto the sex work industry, where "no one cares" and "no one can get in trouble" because...... people are more concerned with pretending none of it exists, than addressing the reality that sex can be an art form and a beautiful thing, IF we take care of our sex workers.

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