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Giving voice, for the first time in English, to the Chinese ‘comfort women’

Book Review: Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves Between the years of 1931 and 1945, encompassing what in the West is known as WWII in Asia, the Imperial Japanese Army waged an aggressive war across the Asia-Pacific for the purposes of imperial expansion. To support its military conquests, the Japanese government established ...
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The divide isn’t between ‘sex negative’ and ‘sex positive’ feminists — it’s between liberal and radical feminism

I’d prefer not to draw hard and fast lines between feminists and have tried, lately, to avoid painting what feels like an overly simplistic “liberal feminist” vs. “radical feminist” wall that divides us. It isn’t always that simple. Some feminists I know disagree with me on the best way forward with regard to prostitution law, ...
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Feminism is the new misogyny: On ‘Belle Knox feminism’ and the new backlash

This just in from the backlash: everything is feminism’s fault and we are the real woman-haters. You knew that, didn’t you? That it was not men, but women — and not just women, but feminists — who were responsible for things like violence against women and sexual repression. It’s a pretty good trick, actually, because ...
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On rape culture and what Heather MacDonald doesn’t understand about sexual violence

CBC Radio’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi hosted a debate on the term “rape culture” yesterday, which could have actually been interesting and productive, had producers made better choices in terms of how they framed the conversation. I do consider “rape culture” to be a useful and accurate way of describing the way in which sexual ...
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Femininity is no joke: On the #nomakeupselfie and #‎manupandmakeup‬

Perhaps you’ve come across the #nomakeupselfie in your internet travels as of late — the campaign, which Cancer Research UK latched onto after seeing women posting photos of themselves on social media sites, makeup-free, with the hashtag #nomakeupselfie, began with the intention of somehow “raising awareness” about cancer.* Sali Hughes writes for The Guardian: About ...
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In prostitution, ‘race, class, and sex intersect in the worst of ways to subjugate Native women’

Last month CTV News aired a short documentary as part of their “First Story” series, called “Stepping from the Shadows,” which looks at indigenous women and prostitution, the Bedford decision, and how the future of Canada’s prostitution laws could impact indigenous women and girls in Canada. The documentary features women such as Jackie Lynne, Cherry ...
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Witch hunt! Terry Richardson responds to sexual assault allegations. (Also, libertarianism will be the death of us)

After yet another model* came out with sexual assault allegations against Terry Richardson this past week, the photographer has responded in a letter published over at Page Six. Turns out everyone is a lying liar and Richardson is the victim of a witch hunt! But you knew that, didn’t you. Classic you, society — what ...
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‘Tales from the Kraka Tower’: A new comedy web-series about academia

Over a year ago, I began to craft a character in my head, loosely based on the experiences of my own life in academia, as well as the experiences of others who have shared their stories with me. There have already been discussions surrounding the white-centric foundation of academia through films like “Dear White People” ...
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For the last time (I wish): It is not fucking ok to work with Terry Richardson

Another model has come forward about hipster darling, Terry Richardson’s predatory behaviour, adding to a long list of sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations aimed at the photographer. The model shared her story on Reddit, saying that she feels it’s important for her to share her experience “for the sake of other young women out ...
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Of course some women are flattered by catcalls, but that doesn’t make it ok: A response to Paris Lees

Paris Lees has been busily trying to erase decades of feminist work over at Vice as of late, first promoting prostitution as something sexy, empowered women do, and now encouraging men to catcall women. Lees, who says she used to be “a boy” (i.e. she is a trans woman) and is “a total attention junkie” ...
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EU Parliament passes resolution in favour of the Nordic model

EU Parliament passed a resolution today in favour of the Nordic model, which criminalizes the purchase of sex, while decriminalizing prostituted people. The resolution passed by 343 votes to 139, with 105 abstentions. This is thanks, in large part, to the work of Mary Honeyball, London MEP and Labour spokeswoman for women, who drafted the ...
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Who do you listen to? On ‘listening to sex workers’

There’s one guaranteed pro-sex-work response whenever you write something unenthusiastic about prostitution, and that response is: listen to sex workers. It was the dominant theme of critical replies to my review of Melissa Gira Grant’s Playing the Whore: listen to sex workers, then you’ll see how wrong you are. In some ways it’s a peculiar logic ...
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My feminism will reject misogynistic screeds, or it will be bullshit

A number of feminist writers, myself included, were attacked and defamed online (yet again) in an abhorrently hateful and misogynist diatribe today. Many women spoke out, naming the vitriolic words as sexist, ad hominem attacks, professional jealousy, and manipulation. We were called “media whores” and “turds” who had no ethics, humanity, or compassion (an ironic ...
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Toying with politics: A review of Melissa Gira Grant’s ‘Playing the Whore’

Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work, Melissa Gira Grant (Verso, 2014; $17.95CAN) The cover of this manifesto on sex work shows three cogs in three fleshy tones, a penetrable central socket in each and high-heeled legs sprouting from them as they appear to grind against each other in a mechanically impossible formation, with ...
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