All I wanna do is not sound like a fucking dumbass.
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Reblogged from bialogue-group :
- Talking about how much you like your job, hate your job, or feel conflicted about your job
- Talking about how you freely chose your job or how you started doing it because you had no other options
- Wanting to see more stories about happy, well-adjusted, and/or well-educated sex workers
- Putting those stories out there
- Wanting to see more realistic depictions of not-so-happy or well-adjusted sex workers who do ‘disrespectable’ things
- Putting those stories out there
- Wanting to see more realistic depictions of sex workers who are complicated human beings and don’t fall onto either side of the false dichotomy of ‘respectable’ and ‘disrespectable.’ For example, women who find their jobs empowering but might also do things like shoot drugs or cope with trauma issues, or sex workers who hate their jobs but also do normal, upstanding lady things like raise a family or attend grad school.
- Advocating for sex worker rights based on the fact that sex workers are human beings who therefore deserve full human rights, including safe workspaces, and pointing out that criminalization and stigmatization have been proven anathema to attaining full human rights, *especially* safe workspaces.
NOT COOL THINGS
- Using job satisfaction as a basis for sex worker rights advocacy
- Trying to gain rights by getting civilians to see that you conform to their standards of respectability, i.e. are empowered by your job instead of disempowered, chose your job above all other jobs instead of as a last resort, use it to support your children instead of your drug habit
- Advocating for legalization instead of decriminalization
- Centering positive sex work stories and silencing negative ones
- Silencing positive sex work stories
- Centering privileged workers
- Not giving any space or credence to privileged workers
- Reifying false dichotomies by creating and maintaining sex work spaces (conferences, anthologies, forums) that are only for workers who meet certain arbitrary standards of respectability
- Not taking an intersectional and holistic approach to sex worker rights
Not sure if I agree that decriminalization>legalization is so black & white but otherwise a nice nuanced look at respectability politics. - E.C.
Not only a good list for sex-worker’s rights BUT also has a tie-in to the Bisexual Community where in an attempt to counter negative stereotypes people twist themselves into pretzels (i.e. Myth-busting) to show us all as being "practically perfect in every way."
Reblogged from teachingliteracy :
Reblogged from hotmesscato :
At one hearing, a blind woman tearfully explained how she lost a prestigious scholarship opportunity after her GPA fell because her reader was laid off. That classroom assistance was essential because math figures needed verbal translation.
Another mobility-impaired student testified that losing transportation services made moving between campus buildings extremely painful. It also affected her grades when attending some classes became impossible."
Funding for California community colleges was cut by 10%. Funding to disabled student services at California community colleges was cut by 40%.
Reblogged from humansofnewyork :
Reblogged from lesighh :
Take a facet of crime, and then look at television shows/movies that feature those criminals as protagonists.
White serial killers.
White political corruption
White drug dealers
I mostly want to talk about this as a TV phenomenon, but pick a crime, any crime, and Western media has probably made a movie/TV series/play/etc. with a white person that romanticizes the criminal activity. No matter what, a white person can do whatever terrible crimes and still have a TV/movie fanbase that loves them.
When you see black or brown people committing crimes on screen, you are to see them thugs and criminal masterminds and people to be beat down.
When you see white people committing crimes on screen, you see a three-dimensional portrait of why someone might commit that crime, how criminals are people too, and how you should even love them for the crimes that they commit because they’re just providing for their families or they’ve wronged or they’re just people and not perfect. This is particularly a luxury given to white male characters, since there few white female criminals as protagonists.
If and of the above shows were about black or brown folks, there would be a backlash of (white) people claiming that TV and movies are romanticizing criminals and are treating them too much like heroes and that it will affect viewers and encourage violence and “thuggish” behavior. And yet fictional white criminals get to have a deep fanbase who loves these white criminals, receive accolades and awards, get called amazing television that portray the complexities of human nature. Viewers of these characters see past the atrocious crimes and into their humanity, a luxury that white characters always have while characters of color rarely do. The closest that mainstream TV has come to showing black criminals as main characters is probably The Wire, and even then, the criminals share equal screen time and equal status as main characters as the police trying to stop them.
The idea that crime can be so heavily romanticized and glorified to such a degree is undoubtedly a privilege given to white characters. The next time you hear someone talk about Dexter Morgan or Walter White in a positive way, it may be an opportunity to rethink how white people can always able to be seen as people no matter what they do, while everyone else can be boiled down to nothing but a criminal.
I always felt extremely uncomfortable with this trope because, not only is it racist, but it tends to feed into the already too common propensity society has to humanize, romanticize and exonerate irrevocably terrible white men. Like if you’re a white man and you commit awful crimes, you will likely go down in history as a legendary celebrity and historical figure
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