H is for How Things Don’t Change

I’ve been doing abolition work for a couple years now. It feels like herding cats most days. I still run into cops and civilians that think children can consent to being prostitutes… and want to arrest them! I still have to tell other abolitionists to stop saying “runaway”. I still get shocked deer in the headlight looks when I correct stereotypes. I still have to fight with people that would legalize prostitution and lower consent ages.

I would love to say it’s less often, but it’s not. It would seem, that as technology has grown so fast, that ignorance and self interest have overtaken any sense of social responsibility most people have. Here is a top example:

If you talk to anyone in the “rescuing trafficking victims” racket, backpage is one of the easiest places to procure a child for sale. Now, I have mixed feelings on this shutdown, but not cause I think being sold like chattle is an inalienable human right. Frankly, it won’t attack demand or even slow down traffickers. Now, I’ll have to work ten times harder and probably have to do something unethical to ensure I can still rescue kids. I do mean kids.

The average age of prostitutes in the US is 16…. AVERAGE AGE.

Here’s one of my posts from last year, upon learning that several of the abolitionist and prolife groups I support, and work with, had been disinvited from attending the march.

Let me end with this. Even if you (wrongly) support legalization of prostitution, wouldn’t you still be opposed to enslaving men, women, and children? Can’t those two sentiments occupy the same headspace?

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I’m Boycotting Your Strike

And so should you.

The news is afire with sad tales of immigrants who followed the lead and urging of no one in particular, on social media, that declared “A Day Without Immigrants will demonstrate the impact of deportation and zealous immigration bans.” The fact that it was on a Thursday, before a 3 day weekend would have been enough to keep me disinterested. Who doesn’t angle for the 4 day weekend? Amateurs!

Seriously though, I was dubious that any self respecting business owner would forgo a day of income or risk the wrath of partisan politics. I was even more doubtful that an immigrant (in today’s climate of fear and xenophobia) would risk their job by skipping work. Nevermind actually screwing over employers by no-showing, effectively leaving them shorthanded and potentially losing income.  Nothing says, “appreciate me,” quite like letting the boss know that you’re so easily tricked.

My national day off is March 8.  I say that jokingly.  I’ve heard tale of intercepted emails (sent via company email accounts) from employees trying to rally as many bodies, to strike as possible. “The more that don’t show up the better, they cannot fire us all.”  I cannot even begin to comprehend who would hear that and think, “dude, totally getting in on that!”

Don’t make excuses here. These women are being encouraged to disrupt businesses, give up income, and endanger their livelyhoods, by a woman who advocates Sharia law and prefers the company of rapist murderers over pro-life women. The very law she promotes also says women should not work in fields that would damage their husbands… this includes interacting with men, driving cars, or doing men’s work.

I’m gonna take a minute, let that sink in.  If you want a bunch of women (whom you think are infidels) to forgo employment or just suffer, what better way than to trick them into getting fired?  Kinda like how she tricked a bunch of infidels into defiling their own flag, committing to Sharia by donning khimar (vaguely: hijab).  In Islam, those women are going to hell. Just like the ones lining up for abortions. Convert or burn.

Okay, so that’s what I think. Here’s the rest. I do believe there are areas where women are getting shorted.  I also recognize and appreciate the contributions of our immigrant neighbors.  But, if we’re going to hold these entities to the fire, there’s not much incentive for them to WANT to do better. It’s a good way to get half measures and punitive raises.

I propose a different tact. Wanna convince a bunch of people that their immigrant neighbors are integral and totally not mooches, why not invite everyone to visit their businesses?  Why not reward companies that hire immigrants?  Why not build up our neighborhoods with community outreach?  I’m sure the immigrants would appreciate the income boom and fresh customers.

Want to close that income gap? I’m pretty sure taking off more time than men won’t win anyone over. I have no clue how closing my business will convince people I deserve more money?  I think a better approach is to nominate business owners for a Forbes style list for best pay, best leave policies, etc.  Again, invite people to visit those local, women owned, businesses. Reward the people we’re trying to help.

I’ll be honest here. The 8th was supposed to be my day off. I rarely plan those, but I’m gonna forgo it and cover any cases that need it. I’m pretty sure that if my boss figures out that being contrary to radical feminists would mean I’m working more, he’d invest heavily in pussy hats and hijabs. So, shhhh.