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selver wrote (edited )

Yes, decriminalization is what sex workers want, legalization means a bunch of state control that they don't want.

All work is exploitative, no different than sex work. For many people sex work is a much better option for them than a "real" job.

And more importantly, people like Chris Hedges have no right to talk about it. Get your information about it from radical sex workers themselves. They unanimously support decriminalization.

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It took time, but lately, John says, his son, now 16, seems to have left these ideas behind. He's playing fewer networked shooter games, and on his own, he has started attending church.

Yeesh, out of the frying pan & into the fire.

I play Starcraft 2 & there's a chat lobby on the main page, like where you choose what to play, wait for a game to start, etc. It is Nazis 24/7. Anyone who decides to try this game is met immediately by the_donald type people spouting their bullshit.

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selver wrote

They work less and less. The internet makes them less effective, as more information is made available about products. Reviews, comparisons, etc. The other factor is economic crisis. When people have less money to spend they stop caring about brands, and this has been scaring the shit out of advertisers for a while. The Great Recession & earlier crashes caused less brand loyalty, and huge reductions in ad spending. There's a case to be made that there is an online advertising bubble that will burst at some point. Recently Facebook was exposed for inflating the numbers for consumer engagement with ads by like 900% in their reports to advertisers. It's an empire built on sand.

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selver wrote (edited )

I usually don't post this podcast, as their politics are really not great. Conspiracy theorist free market guys for the most part (but not racist, sexist, they are anti-Trump, anti-imperialism, have a class analysis, etc).

But I thought people might find this one interesting. They interview Hailey Sacks, who runs a popular meme page, @mrsdowjones, for the Wall Street financial elite. Somewhat candid look at ruling class culture from one of their own.

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selver wrote

I don't think that's really the problem, I do want everyone to have a platform. I think the issue is more that it narrows the range of opinions for everyone, giving people tunnel vision on some really bad hateful ideas. It's not an entirely new phenomenon, there have always been places that racists can hang out where their opinions will be reinforced, but Facebook has made it so easy & actively promotes it.

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selver wrote (edited )

Good article, useful way to think about it. I really like this kind of work that gives some basic heuristics for being compassionate & not being a douche, as it's not something that comes to me as naturally as I'd like.

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selver wrote (edited )

Don't many women feel they do need men in their life? Their sons, husbands, brothers, friends, etc? I felt the same way reading it initially as you, but I think she does make a good point, whether we like it or not women do have relationships to men that most do not want to abandon entirely. Especially if we see patriarchy as system that affects everyone, women support it, young boys are indoctrinated & forced into it, men are damaged by it, etc.

Also this passage might not be entirely representative of the work, she definitely doesn't tell women they need to fix their abusers or anything like that. She's trying to challenge the separatism of some earlier feminists.

But I totally get why people would be bothered by some of her arguments. Get a bit of an essentialist vibe at times.

edit: But also it is kinda women's job too, in terms of raising boys & not reinforcing patriarchal norms. Women can reinforce the patriarchy too.

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selver wrote

I am not talking about lived practices, I am talking about the act of faith itself. Believing in specific models of the world despite lack of proof & evidence to the contrary. You can fight capitalism because of a faith that we are ruled by reptiles, and while I can support the actions you are taking, it's not radical to work off an inaccurate model of the world, it prevents greater understanding of the situation. Liberation theology can oppose domination, but it's still wedded to ideas about what humans are, the nature of the world we live in, a universalist ethics, and so on.

And while I can appreciate the way that some postmodern folks try to salvage religion or the occult, I believe we're better off without the obfuscating metaphors & woo.