"YOU SPEAK ENGLISH SO CLEAR"
In the Gaza Strip, a U.N.-backed group says it will take 20 years to repair the damage caused by Israel’s recent assault. According to Shelter Cluster, Israel’s seven-week attack on Gaza destroyed 17,000 housing units. Palestinian officials say Israel has continued to ban the import of construction materials since last month’s ceasefire agreement was reached.
We are conditioned to accept as a “natural” fact of life the idea that everything can be commodified, including women’s bodies. Today, prostitution, pornography, and the objectification of women in advertising, all form part of the “sex industry”. They want us to believe that everything, including our bodies, can be bought and sold on the market. And furthermore, that by purchasing the commodity, the buyer can do whatever they want to it. The average age of entry into prostitution is 14 years old in Canada; almost 95% of prostituted women want to change their life. Prostitution is not a profession one chooses. Capitalism turns sex, prostitution, pornography, and sex tourism into a profitable industry for a minority.
This is done on the backs of the immense majority of women who are involved in this “industry”, the latter playing a major role in the everyday reproduction of sexist behaviours and violence against women. The “sex industry” not only reproduces the same exploitative labour relations as it does elsewhere in capitalist society, it also reproduces sexism and the objectification of women’s bodies. Prostitution and different forms of sexual exploitation are primarily relations of economic oppression between rich men and poor women.
In fact, prostitution is a specific oppression of women in the lower and most exploited layers of the proletariat: poor and exploited workers, women who are excluded from the mainstream labour market, undocumented women and migrant women (including children), and Indigenous women. The hegemonic force of capitalism seeks to normalise all social behaviours that facilitate the accumulation of capital. This includes the exploitation of one person by another. Today, prostitution and “pimping” are among the worst and most cruel forms of capitalist exploitation that specifically targets proletarian women.
While there is a saying that “prostitution is the oldest profession in the world”, neoliberal ideology increasingly distorts the concept of prostitution and “pimping” into a legitimate commercial activity on par with other businesses. These are slippery semantics that turn prostitutes into “sex workers” and pimps into legitimate actors in the “sex industry”. The proletarian feminist movement opposes all forms of exploitation connected to the sex industry, whether it is prostitution, pornography, sex tourism, or the commercial objectification of women’s bodies. We oppose the capitalist model of society, which maintains and reproduces the commodification and commercialisation of women.
In Cuba, the torturers used to have a device, two thin metal spikes, placed here, that they adjusted, and slowly, millimeter by millimeter, pricked into the eyeballs"
“You’re kidding me? Those Communist motherfuckers.”
“Well, no, Larry. These are the ones those Communist motherfuckers kicked out.