Two weeks ago, I read this fantastic article at the Crunk Feminist Collective about the brutality of the international diamond trade. Eeshap proposes a method to end the violent conflicts and suffering this industry has caused – target the source.
“we can actually stop this. Diamonds are not food. Diamonds are not required for survival. A change in cultural attitudes can actually stop these conflicts. It can stop the violence in communities where these diamonds are found. If the desire for diamonds were to vanish, these conflicts would lose exactly what fuels them.”
“We can actually stop much, if not all, of the violence that is a result of the demand for diamonds. They way that our cultural attitudes about buying fur have changed within a generation, so can our cultural attitudes about diamonds, I propose. It’s not really going to be easy, they are a beautiful and powerful symbol of wealth and status. Increasingly, I hear many politically conscious people say they want a “vintage” diamond. This is clearly an effort towards detangling oneself from the trade of conflict diamonds. My point here, though, is about the cultural cache of diamonds. While purchasing a vintage one might not support the blood diamond industry directly, it certainly does nothing to challenge the value that diamonds have in our society.”
“Harm reduction” is not enough, and trying to find diamonds that aren’t a result of exploitation doesn’t actually do anything to help those who are harmed by the desire for diamonds.
So, this article got me thinking further about how this sort of political consciousness seems to vanish in feminist circles when we talk about prostitution. Eeshap’s words mirror abolitionist arguments almost exactly.
“we can actually stop this. Sex act x is not food. Sex act x is not required for survival. A change in cultural attitudes can actually stop the violence that happens to women as a result of this industry. It can stop the violence in communities where these women are found. If the entitlement to sex act x were to disappear, no women would have to be forced to provide them.”
“Increasingly, I hear many politically conscious people say they will only use “feminist” porn. This is clearly an effort towards detangling oneself from the trade of misogynist pornography. My point here, though, is about the cultural cache of misogynistic porn. While purchasing feminist porn might not support the mainstream porn industry directly, it certainly does nothing to challenge the value it has in our society.”
So, Eeshap, if you read this, can I ask you if your logic extends to the sex industry? If you don’t feel comfortable posting here, you can shoot me an email at email@example.com.
December 20th, 2011 at 7:39 pm
That’s a wonderful analogy. Sex acts aren’t necessary for survival, and women should not have to provide them.
January 11th, 2012 at 8:36 pm
Your sex repression will aggravate the porn and prositutition problems, and will increase the police State. Fucking abolitionnist!
January 11th, 2012 at 8:37 pm
Blogging acts aren’t necessary for survival, and women should not write in any blog! 😉
January 11th, 2012 at 11:53 pm
Check it out, everybody. David thinks women speaking is equivalent to prostitution. Tell me, David, how does prostitution exist in your anti-capitalist anarchist ideal society? Why would they have sex with your nasty ass without monetary compensation?
January 14th, 2012 at 9:33 pm
Thank you No Sugarcoating for this post! I totally agree! Whenever I hear humans advocate for prostitution and/or porn I like to ask them a question. Would there be prostitution or porn if there was no patriarchy. If females were in charge, would this even exist? If we lived in a society where females were respected instead of being deemed sex objects for men, would there be prostitution or porn? NO!!!!!
Prostitution was created by men out of a disrespect for women. Prostitution was created from a anti-female environment, Prostitution would not exist outside of patriarchy!
January 14th, 2012 at 9:43 pm
How dare any one who not be in the position of being prostituted, and living with the knowledge that sexual torture and rape will become your norm – say the only problem is that those brave enough to fight for abolition are just sexually repressed. It is not about sex – it is about owning and fully controlling the prostitution for the punter’s sick porn dreams. There is no need for prostitution – it is a form of violence and must be abolished.
January 19th, 2012 at 3:21 am
Don’t Feed The Troll!