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Caribbean women, feminists could learn something from working girls.


Written by Tamara A Huggins, Antigua Directorate of Gender Affairs

“Si un hombre dece que no se va a poner un condon, yo digo fuera de aqui!”

“If a man tells me he’s not gonna use a condom, I tell him get out of here!”

“Hablamos de sexo seguro cada dia.”

“We talk about safer sex everyday.”

“Empowerment.”  It’s a word used a lot in discourses on feminism, and a word you probably expect to see in the Gender Journal.  But you, like a lot of other women, and feminists, might rarely connect the word “empowerment” to a prostitute, a sex worker.

In fact, feminists globally rarely engage in a deep, non-stereotyping way with street walkers or ladies of the night.  Instead they mostly feel sorry for prostitutes who they feel need to be saved from a patriarchal society that exploits them.  They say that prostitution is a form of violence against women, and these women are “victims” either of male dominance, or of a class or economic system that oppresses them and leaves them far from “empowered”.  Other feminists – the type that flinches at shaving her legs and isn’t sure she should express any type of conventional female sexuality – feels personally affronted by women who paint their lips and wear thigh high boots saying this continues the objectification and subordination of all women.  God(dess)-forbid that they exploit their sexuality!  Even if they are savvy to the wider gender inequalities that drive their trade and exploit this unequal system to feed two kids or send money home to build a house.

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Am I a Slut If I Particpate In a Gang-Bang?

I recently participated in a gang bang and I have to admit to having a minor mental struggle with doing it. Would it make me a “slut” by doing it? What did it mean about me?

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