With inaccurate media representations and the cultural stigma, there are a lot of misconceptions about people in the sex industry. We too often fail to see the complexity and diversity in who is engaged in commercial sex, why they’re doing it, and the degree of consent and coercion involved. These myths keep us from seeing this issue for what it really is. So let’s debunk them.
The work being done at feminist nonprofits and other organizations working for social change is necessary work; it can be very satisfying work as well. Unfortunately, as many idealistic activists have found, too many of these organizations have dysfunctional or toxic work environments. So what can you do if you’re working in a toxic social justice organization?
A majority of states require parental involvement in the decision of those under 18 to have an abortion. On the surface, this seems well-intentioned. But what’s really underlying these laws? Here are 5 reasons why parental involvement laws do more harm than good, and why no one, regardless of age, should be legally required to obtain consent from their parents for an abortion.
Due to a lot of misinformation around later-term abortions, there remains a lot of fear, stigma, and confusion around what they actually are and who gets them. Many people who identify as pro-choice seem to readily distance themselves from late-term abortions, and may altogether disagree on their legality. But what do we actually know about late term abortions?
You’ll see it on signs and banners at abortion rallies: “Keep Abortion Safe, Legal, and Rare.” This sentiment is often championed and portrayed as “something we can all agree on.” But is it really a desire we have, let alone one that we should be making heard? How does this kind of logic affect the abortion movement and all those who seek abortions?
Can you think of a movie or television show that portrays abortion as an option for one of its characters? These are the dominant narratives about abortion – the stories we see and hear that shape how we perceive the procedure. Meanwhile, where are the real stories? Where are the realities, the facts and the lived experiences of actual people having abortions?
Despite what we like to think, feminism is not always the inclusive space that we want it to be. It can actually be an unsafe place for those seen as outsiders. A small (but vocal!) minority of feminists has a history of purposefully excluding trans struggles from feminism. And not only is this harmful for trans people, but it actually weakens feminism. Here’s why.
Pronouns are an important part of our language. And while using the right pronouns in our own daily language isn’t enough to change the extreme transphobia trans* people experience, it is a simple way to challenge gender-based oppression. Laura Kacere joins Sandra Kim in a discussion of why respecting trans* people’s preferred pronouns is a key part of trans*-inclusive feminism.
Transmisogyny is a word that many people don’t know about or understand. In short, it is the confluence of transphobia and misogyny – the negative attitudes, expressed through cultural hate, individual and state violence, and discrimination directed toward trans women and trans and gender non-conforming people on the feminine end of the gender spectrum.
Outside of the abortion clinic, we stand quietly in bright orange vests that read Pro-Choice Escort. We’re just trying to get the patients safely to the door, which often requires us to physically block the protesters who are shoving things in front of patients. I see the pain that these protesters have caused, the confusion and the vulnerability. We need clinic escorts now more than ever.