Maegen Fengari Rebutting "In Defense of Second Wave Feminism"
Maegen Fengari (Anarchism)
Felicity Sharpe (Communism)
There are many issues with feminism, the most notable of which being the lack of understanding of individualism and female autonomy. Individualism is the polar opposite of collectivism, as it puts the freedoms of individuals over the “greater good.” To put the wants of the mob above the needs of individuals, you deny people their basic human rights. It's no wonder that women who disagree and choose to think for themselves are cast out and shamed. Independent thought is a threat to the “greater good.”
When looking into pornography and prostitution, you have to look at the individuals involved rather than the collective industries. Thanks to capitalism, these women (and men) have found a way to use their bodies to generate revenue. By calling porn “sexual terrorism” you undermine the autonomy of the women who chose that line of work. Consent is required for the scenes to be shot, if the actors and actresses involved did not consent to it there would be no video. Consent is, or should be, the basis for all human interactions.
There are also many different kinds of pornography, some are like you said - demeaning and adhering to a more basic fantasy. However, porn is a job. A job these men and women chose to take. These people are actors and actresses, they are nominated for awards, they have fans, many of them run their own websites and have their own merchandise lines. There are also several male and female stars that have taken on the role of director. The only difference between a pornstar and a movie actor or actress, is the intercourse. While I do not claim to know the ins and outs of the porn industry, I do understand that there is likely corruption within the industry as there is in Hollywood.
The prohibition of prostitution has inflated the black market due to a high demand, thus worsening the human trafficking epidemic, as happens with any form of prohibition. Demand for the good or service increases, the supply decreases, and people seek ways to fulfill the demand. Prostitution is largely seen as the selling of one’s body, when in reality, it is simply the supplying of a highly demanded service.
Unfortunately, there are people who take advantage of women who are in compromised emotional or mental states, known as “pimps.” They gain the trust of these women and force them into sex work. The criminalization of prostitution means that these women, and even men, are unable to seek help to escape their situation for fear of legal actions against them.
The Nordic Model advocates for the criminalization of the act of soliciting sex work, which creates another problem entirely. It denies prostitutes the ability to use their body to garner an income. The human body is private property, to deny someone the ability to use their own property as they see fit is a violation of human rights.
There is a principle that most libertarians and anarchists follow called the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP). The NAP states that aggression is inherently wrong, but unlike pacifism, it does not condone the use of force in times where one needs to defend themselves. It is essentially a fancy way of saying “live and let live.”
Prostitutes, porn stars, and transgender people harm no one by existing. Whether you agree with their lifestyles or not, they have the right to live as they choose so long as they remain peaceful.
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