“Consider for a moment the issue of FGM. A cruel practice that is the result of patriarchal beliefs around the control of women’s sexuality. A tool that was used up until the twentieth century in the west. However it is women of colour who routinely perform, and are arrested for the practice now. New legislation in the UK deliberately frames parents, and particularly mothers, as a danger to their own children, It seems to me that FGM has become the cause of the moment for white feminism because it gives them a legitimate (in their own eyes) reason to criticise, and even imprison women of colour.”
Good point. A month ago I reblogged a white woman in the UK who panicked that laws against clitoridectomy and infibulation were suddenly used against piercings and tattoos, considering people like her to victims of FGM. When I pointed out the subtle racism in her ravings, she crushed the link.
Let us face it, if clitoridectomy and infibulation have nothing to do with Islam and everything to do with Indigenous African culture, it becomes obviously even more dodgier to do something about it.
Note that although clitoridectomy and excision were very popular in the West well into the 20th century, and could even become just as entrenched as circumcision, these practices were introduced in the 19th century. The first mention of clitoridectomy in the West is found in the hard-to-get book “120 days of Sodom” by Marquis de Sade.
Recently I saw an anti sex workers rights org claiming men (or rather patriarchy) supported the sex workers rights movement. Then this week Sarah Ditwad has criticised the Green Party for failing to be feminist enough, one of her criticisms being that they support the radical idea sex workers are people too.
Now Carter wrote brilliantly here of why capitalism hates independent sex workers. I have written before of why whorephobia is a patriarchal tool to keep the breeding stock in line.The only form of sex work that swerfs talk about is the form capitalist patriarchy likes, legalized sex work. In legalised frameworks that radical independence, a woman earning money from her own sexual and emotional labour is turned into conventional alienated capitalist labour. The sex worker simply becomes another worker, producing for those who exploit all workers, another cog in the wheel of capitalism.
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