I am up early this morning, watching the Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon, sippin’ on a Red Bull and preparing to clean my house then crank some levels on CoH, then maybe do a post on that whole “real job” thing I have coming up, and then someone points me in this direction…
And perfectly enough, as I get down into the comments, there is a scene in the cartoon where Quicksilver (a rather villainous sort) and his crew have just saved Wolverine and Crews collective asses but it is not good enough, so Quicksilver rolls his eyes, mutters “heroes”, then he and his team proceed to wreck house.
Yeah, so this is me, rolling my eyes and muttering “heroes”.
You see, I think it is awesome that R Mott got a standing O at her speaking event. Well she should, really. I have had a few in my day at speaking events as well- and I suspect we’ve both received them because people are interested in what we both- regardless of what we say- have to say about the sex industry because we both know about it from actual lived experience. We’re not academics, or politicians, or whatever else…we get up and talk about what we know and what we have lived and well damn, that’s pretty real. And sure, we are opposite sides of the coin and all, but still, we speak from what we know. Which is good. That is the kind of info on the sex industry that needs to be out there- all sides, both sides, from the people who know. But then I continue on and I see a few of the usual suspects talking smack about the Harlot’s Parlourblog and how it is a front for pimps, a pimp blog, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah x1000…
There is one dude on that blog, one, who is involved with the running of an escort agency in the UK. The rest of the people writing there are either feminists interested in sex workers rights or sex workers themselves. Oh, the agency dude, also a sex worker himself. And why yes, much whining about how no “unhappy hookers” were invited to write there, how this blog of international sexworkers is “silencing them”. Rolls eyes.
Like any of the people out there who are or claim to be formerly prostituted people or unhappy hookers ever would have accepted an invitation from Caroline to blog there. She could have fucking begged you to do so, pleaded, stroked egos and acted humble and because she is Caroline, and because other people- me included I suspect- are involved with that blog, not a single such invitation would have been accepted. Don’t even fucking lie or pretend otherwise.
But see, now that blog is being read, and quoted, and looked at- just like Bound Not Gagged. It is not flopping or being seen as unimportant so some folk just have to fucking whine because they are being “silenced”. Never mind the free for all comment policy, never mind the big “Would you Like to Submit a Piece??” banner over there, oh noes, women are being silenced!
So yeah, why isn’t, why aren’t, people like R Mott being published over there? Gee, probably because she has not submitted anything via the submission process just like everyone else over there does! If she did, hell, I will personally guarantee it goes up, even if I have to use my legendary powers of threats and intimidation. I promise she will get special consideration because gee, we would not want anyone (obvious submission policy and guidelines right there on the blog aside) to feel silenced!!!!
But see, no one, you know, amid all these so silenced and obviously in need of such special considerations people has ever submitted anything to HP- in fact, were it not something to whine on about, I suspect no one ever would because HP is just filled with horrible horrible people who have no clue about the sex industry, right? Even though many of the people involved in it are IN the sex industry!