Fw: "Slaves, not prostitutes"

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Salamon Alapitvany (salamon@ns.tiszanet.hu)
Tue, 26 May 1998 09:26:51 -0700


reposted comments from another list regarding the NY times letter recently
posted.

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> From: Nocturn27 <Nocturn27@AOL.COM>
>> Subject: Re: "Slaves, not prostitutes"
> Date: 20 May 1998 18:00
>
> Tracy wrote:
>
> << I like Bob Basil's thoughtful letter. However, I have been
uncomfortable
> with the term "sexual slavery" which has been tossed around quite a bit
in
> news reports about these particular victims of Japanese aggression. What
> worries me is that it sensationalizes one example of forced labor by
> eroticizing it. If prostitution is work, then forced prostitution is one
> form of it. In conversations about the subject -- for example, on the
> Well, in an online discussion about Japanese culture -- I have seen
people
> refer to "forced labor and sexual slavery" as two distinct categories
..
> This seemed to imply that the *sex* made this experience appalling, and
I
> couldn't help wondering where we were going with this! I feel that the
> term "involuntary sex work" might be more useful. But I don't think any
> headline writers are going to back me up on this one... it's probably
too
> dull. >>
>
> I've always had a strong dislike for the term "sexual slavery" because I
think
> it eroticizes and trivializes rape and other forms of violence. The term
> hides the violence that women (or men) who are forced to engage in sex
against
> their will are subjected to. Forced prostitution is rape. Having been
forced
> by one individual to have sex with other individuals against my will, I
can
> unequivocally say that my experience was one of rape, not of forced
labor. I
> did not feel like I was being forced to "work;" I felt like I was being
raped
> and tortured--which, of course, I was. Yes, prostitution is work. Being
a
> contract killer or an enforcer for organized crime is work too and can be
> quite rewarding if freely chosen (I've known a couple of individuals in
this
> line of work). That does not change the fact that most of us would be
> severely traumatized if forced to commit a murder or torture someone
until
> they revealed a particular piece of information. It simply does not
compare
> to being forced to wash dishes . . .
>
> Darian
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reposted comments from another list regarding the NY times letter recently
posted.

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> From: Tracy Quan <quan@PANIX.COM>
> Subject: "Slaves, not prostitutes"
> Date: 20 May 1998 05:24
>
> I like Bob Basil's thoughtful letter. However, I have been uncomfortable
> with the term "sexual slavery" which has been tossed around quite a bit
in
> news reports about these particular victims of Japanese aggression. What
> worries me is that it sensationalizes one example of forced labor by
> eroticizing it. If prostitution is work, then forced prostitution is one
> form of it. In conversations about the subject -- for example, on the
> Well, in an online discussion about Japanese culture -- I have seen
people
> refer to "forced labor and sexual slavery" as two distinct categories ...
> This seemed to imply that the *sex* made this experience appalling, and I
> couldn't help wondering where we were going with this! I feel that the
> term "involuntary sex work" might be more useful. But I don't think any
> headline writers are going to back me up on this one... it's probably
too
> dull.
> =========================================================================
> Tracy Quan


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