Feminism & Prostitution

How will we know when women have achieved equality? Sister Chittister responds, "We’ll know that we’re finally equal when our klutzes are promoted to high-paying executive positions as fast and as equal in number as their klutzes are.” 

With his signature resolve, former US president Jimmy Carter dives into three unexpected reasons why the mistreatment of women and girls continues in so many manifestations in so many parts of the world, both developed and developing. The final reason he gives? “In general, men don’t give a damn.”

"If choice is going to continue to be a valuable part of feminist discourse and a foundation for activism, we need to start thinking of it in collective, rather than individualistic, terms." ~Meghan Murphey

The BBC's "Blurred Lines: The New Battle of the Sexes" (one hour)

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The Sexy Lie: Caroline Heldman (13 minutes)

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Dr. Germaine Greer and William F. Buckley 


Feminism and Gender Studies 

Dr. Riane Eisler
     author of "Chalice and the Blade" and "The Partnership Way"
     book list on wikipedia 

     author of "The Creation of Patriarchy" 
     Definitions (3-page pdf)
     "Why history matters" (8-page pdf)

John Stoltenberg
Dr. Allan G. Johnson 
     Patriarchy, the System (9-page pdf download)
     author of "The Gender Knot: Unraveling our Patriarchal Legacy" 

Feminism is for Everybody 
by bell hooks (68-page pdf)

Pornography and Prostitution

"Whatever contempt the human race may have merited in the past and may have brought upon itself, we are not destined to live by the traditions which perpetuate it. We cannot capitulate to the liberal dogma which treats as normal and neutral the volitional debasement and humiliation of one human being by another." ~Hilde Hein, "Sadomasochism and the Liberal Tradition"  

Making Women's Place Explicit: Pornography, Violence, and the Internet (Harvard Law)


     author of "Pornography: Men Possessing Women"      

     author of "Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity"

Victor Malarek 
     author of "The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men who Buy It"

Melissa Farley
     author of "Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress"

     "Prostitution is Sexual Violence" in The Psychiatric Times

Gail Dines
     author of "Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality"
     an excellent list of Resources 
Dr. Diana E. H. Russell
     author of "Against Pornography" & "Rape in Marriage"
     Against Pornography: Part One  Part Two  Part Three  Part Four  Part Five  
     Facebook page

     "Pornified: How it has Damaged Our Lives, Our Relationships, Our Families" 

Catherine MacKinnon
     (pdf) "X underrated"

Germany's twenty-one billion dollar industry

"News agencies around the world are carrying the story of a young German woman, a qualified information technologist, who has been told that she faces suspension of her government relief benefits if she refuses to take a ‘job’ as a prostitute in a Berlin brothel.” ~Link


"It was left to second-wave feminism to address rape in all its complexity, to understand that women's sexual vulnerability was tied to economic inequality as well as political inequality....each generation has tried to redefine rape within the political culture of its time." ~Harvard University Press

Feminism and the MRM

"This Thing About Male Victims" "Women overestimate their own use of violence but underestimate their victimisation. Women normalise, discount, minimise, excuse their partners’ domestic and sexual violence against them. Women find ways to make it their fault.

In contrast, men overestimate their victimisation and underestimate their own violence. Men are more likely to exaggerate a women’s provocation or violence to make excuses for initiating violence and, where retaliation has occurred, in an attempt to make it appear understandable and reasonable." ~Karen Ingala Smith

"Misogyny: The Sites" by Southern Poverty Law Center 
     Boycott American Women
     The Counter Feminist
     The False Rape Society
     The Mala Fide
     MarkyMark's thoughts
     Reddit: Men's Rights
     SAVE Services
     The Spearhead
     A Voice for Men

Additional Websites:

NOMAS National Organization for Men Against Sexism 

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