Maruyama Brothel (1890) by Wolfgang Wiggers

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />Brothels in Nagasaki's Maruyama &quot;flower quarter&quot; (1890).

This small handcolored albumen photograph was tipped in an album that was dedicated to a german professor by his japanese student from Tokyo.

Moneque - Atlanta, GA

Moneque: When I was young, about twelve, I seen my sister and mother smoking crack together. I seen the spot where they hid the pipe at. I went behind them after they left and tried it. I got hooked. I was sneaking doing drugs when I was twelve, all the way up to now. 

My sister used to get dressed up and put on makeup and go out when she was young, prostituting and all that . She had her first child at thirteen. So, I was trying to go with her all the time. Trying to be grown but I was too young and they wouldn’t let me go with her. But when I finally got up in age, I ran away from home and end up doing it myself and getting stuck on the streets. 

BW: How old were you when you started [as a sex worker]?

Moneque: Thirteen

BW: Did guys know you were that young?

Moneque: No. I wore makeup and grown clothes and I lied about my age. 

BW: What’s the hardest thing that’s happened on the street?

Moneque: Somebody actually took me way out to Six Flags and took me in the middle of the woods and told me to get on my knees. Told me I might as well say my prayers cause they was fixin’ to shoot me in the head. I started crying and they just left me in the middle of the woods and drove off. But, I thought they was gonna kill me…

BW: Have you ever been clean for any period of time? You started so young…

Moneque: Yeah I have. Actually I was married. I’m still married. I tried to get clean and stay clean. I look really skinny and bad probably right now but let me show you these pictures of me fat and plump and working and doing the right thing. You wouldn’t even know it’s me because the person… I look so beautiful in these pictures I can’t even believe it’s me. 

fuck y'all that don’t want to hear about women and children being trafficked and prostituted and abused in the sex industry.

fuck y'all that detach the harm and misery from such an experience by calling it “sex work”.

fuck y'all that only listen to the privileged few cam girls, high class escorts, sugar babies and porn stars that “love their jobs” and not the 91% that want to be out of the industry who are raped, attacked, murdered, drugged, addicted, pimped, homeless, starving or struggling to support themselves and their families.

you are not feminists if you only care about a few select women’s voices whose opinions you agree with and are comfortable accepting.
Iceland: the world's most feminist country
Iceland has just banned all strip clubs. Perhaps it's down to the lesbian prime minister, but this may just be the most female-friendly country on the planet
By Julie Bindel

This is sick…Iceland is “the first country in the world to ban stripping and lapdancing for feminist, rather than religious, reasons.” Sex work like stripping, which often employs poor and trafficked women, is not empowering as some might argue: it’s degrading and poses women as objects for sale. Kudos to Iceland for setting such a bold example.
Why men use prostitutes
The reasons why many men pay for sex are revealed in the interviews that make up a major new piece of research
By Julie Bindel

This entire thing should be a must-read for anyone who has the standard liberal feminist stance on ~sex workers~ and their ~career choices,~ or for any radical feminists who are looking for yet more evidence that prostitution is a degradation and that johns are scum. 

Some choice excerpts:

  • “[O]f 700 men interviewed […] just over half were either married or in a relationship with a woman.”

  • [One participant] said: “I want my ideal prostitute not to behave like one,” he said, “to role-play to be a pretend girlfriend, a casual date, not business-like…”

  • “I asked [one participant] how often he thought the women he paid enjoyed the sex. ‘I don’t want them to get any pleasure,’ he told me. ‘I am paying for it and it is her job to give me pleasure. If she enjoys it I would feel cheated.’”

  • “When asked what would end ­prostitution, one interviewee laughed and said, ‘Kill all the girls.’”

  • “Almost half said they ­believed that most women in prostitution are victims of pimps ("the pimp does the ­psychological raping of the woman,” explained one), lured, tricked, or trafficked. But they still continued to visit them.”

  • “One of the most interesting findings was that many believed men would “need” to rape if they could not pay for sex on demand.”

  • “Visiting an area where prostitution is legal or openly advertised [such as Amsterdam or Thailand] had given them a renewed dedication to buying sex when they returned to the UK.”

  • “[One participant] said: ‘Look, men pay for women because he can have whatever and whoever he wants. Lots of men go to prostitutes so they can do things to them that real women would not put up with.’”

Emphasis added.

The johns interviewed were a very foul mixture of “the girls don’t even pretend to like me, it’s all robotic and mechanical :( :( :(” + “I buy access to these women so I can treat them like dirt and i want them to know it.” One of the johns interviewed even said a prostituted woman asked him to help her, said she had been tricked and brought to London on false pretenses, but he just had sex with her and left because she might have been lying to him. 

I mean… if anyone needs any more proof that men who buy women hate us, don’t care for us, don’t care about anything except their own feelings and their own orgasms, JUST ASK THE JOHNS. They tell on themselves all the damn time but for some reason certain people don’t want to hear it. 

“choice” is buying a burger because you’re hungry. “choice” is beginning to play a team sport to get healthy. “choice” is not entering prostitution because you’re 18 and been kicked out of home with no money and a drug addiction.