Tuesday, August 11, 2015

On Amnesty International, poverty, and "voluntary sex work"





Let's ask a handful of different but related questions:

Q: All want to end poverty, but in meantime why deny homeless people the option of voluntary bum fights pugilist work?

A: Name the agent: Granting rich people the option to dehumanize and exploit homeless people entrenches poverty.

Q: All want to end poverty, but in meantime why deny poor immigrants the option of voluntary migrant farm work?

A: Name the agent: Granting rich people the option to dehumanize and exploit poor immigrants entrenches poverty.

Q: All want to end poverty, but in meantime why deny poor black men the option of voluntary mandingo work?

A: Name the agent: Granting rich white people the option to dehumanize and exploit poor black people entrenches poverty.

Q: All want to end poverty, but in meantime why deny poor people in the 2/3 world the option of voluntary sweatshop work?

A: Name the agent: Granting people in the "first world" the option to dehumanize and exploit poor people in the 2/3 world entrenches poverty.



So, why can't Amnesty International recognize that granting men the option to dehumanize and exploit poor women (especially poor women of color) will entrench poverty?

It's almost like Amnesty International is not only incapable of naming males as an exploiter class, but also and even more frighteningly incapable of viewing poor women, especially poor women of color, as PEOPLE.



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