by Meghan Murphy
Playboy’s recent attempts to incorporate “feminist” content into their online magazine are part of a longstanding effort to sell a version of “women’s lib” that really only benefits men. For more information: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/06/playboy-feminism-how-gentleman-s-porn-rag-coopted-women-s-movement
Australian feminist, environmental activist and whistleblower Isla MacGregor gave a compelling case against Amnesty International’s “Sex Work policy” at the Women’s International League For Peace and Freedom (WILPF) forum in Hobart, Tasmania today .
MacGregor was invited to speak by Human Rights Award recipient Linley Grant.
The talk by the self- described “retired activist”, (who recently won the Volcano Art Prize for her evocative photographs of the environmental impacts of mining on both the earth and community) was “well received”and praised as “informative and mind-changing” by attendees at the forum.
MacGregor’s talk has been taken as a case to the WILPF branch of the United Nations.
“How will Amnesty International’s Sex Trade Policy
Impact on Human Rights,
Poverty and Violence to Women Globally?”
Talk by Isla MacGregor for the
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Forum in Human Rights Week, Hobart 4 December 2015
Thank you Linley for inviting me to give this presentation during the 2015 Human Rights Week events in Hobart.
(Julian Burnside AO QC is an Australian barrister, human rights and refugee advocate, and author.) For more info: https://sim345.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/retired-activist-puts-case-against-amnesty-international-to-wilpf-for-human-rights-week/
Imagine a world were the buying and selling of women was so ubiquitous, that it was normalized. Imagine having to have to fuck your way out of poverty, in a world of never ending poverty or having to fuck your way toward liberation. This article below asks good questions:
By Taina Bien-Aime, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
What would happen if every country decriminalized prostitution? Not just the few that have already disastrously done so, but what if every government legitimized pimps and brothel owners and failed to hold men accountable for purchasing human beings for sex? Would the United Nations and its member states launch a #2050 Agenda for Investing in the Sex Trade as a Solution and Sustainable Development for Women and Girls, Especially the Most Indigent?
What marketing slogans would ensue? Might public agencies launch poverty alleviation campaigns? “First Nations, Indigenous, Aboriginal, African-Americans and Global South Populations: Are you Poor, Young, Incested, Transgendered, Homeless? With our help, the Sex Trade will provide you with shelter, food, free condoms and the opportunity to contribute to your (or a foreign) country’s Gross National Product. No experience or education required.”
These are not teasers for Margaret Atwood’s next novel, but a concept set forth byAmnesty International, one of the most prominent and respected human rights organization in the world. For more information: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/taina-bienaime/the-framing-of-gender-apa_b_8273268.html