As to the contemptible excuse of ‘choice’, the reality, which most johns studiously deny and ignore (though they know it as well as anyone) is that women and girls do not choose to have the penises of men shoved into the orifices of our bodies eight, ten, twelve times a day because we ‘want’ to, or because we ‘choose’ it; we reluctantly submit to commercial sexual violation for two reasons: because men like Jim Norton exist to create the demand for the commodification of our bodies in the first place, and because the circumstances of our lives have left us with no other viable choice.
His attitudes reinforced something I first learned as a fifteen-year-old homeless prostituted girl, and it’s this: There are men on this earth who do not give a damn about anything or anyone if recognising its value means getting in the way of their God-almighty orgasms. That is the simple and inhuman truth, and it is exactly why we need legislation to impose upon them the equal worth of female humanity that they will never come to on their own.
- Rachel Moran
Harsher than my usual, I know, sorry. But actually pretty important.
Commodifying fellow humans is always evil. The place this hit me is the ways I surely consume things that are made available to me through slave labor. It may not be as immediate or visible or to me, and therefore not as visceral, but that doesn’t make it any less revolting. Sobering, needed.
Anybody got any references they’d like to share to on responsible consumerism?