"Given that the recollections I described were the experiences of a homeless, socially-disowned, prostituted fifteen-year-old girl, I would have expected support from the feminist community, of all places…

Liberal feminism - which holds that anything a woman does can be empowering as long as she does it without a gun pointed to her head - had always sounded like a crock of crap to me anyway, so I cannot say I was terribly disappointed. I was wounded though; and above all, I was galled. It is both wounding and galling for me to know that there is a whole army of twenty-something, white, socially-privileged young women out there talking of prostitution as the very epitome of female empowerment. That they’ve made this assessment about an experience they’ve never had, while having spent years being educated in an effort to keep themselves out of the social class of women who most commonly have to experience it, and have decided it’s harmless, in spite of the tsunami of evidence that attests to its harm, is, to me, the most repulsive sort of hypocrisy.”

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[Stripping] was a crappy job. I feel really offended when people act like it was some sort of feminist statement. I don’t feel that way at all. There’s a frankenstein monster that came out of the riot grrrl scene, which has always bothered me, which is that sex work is a) eroticised, b) exoticised… .

Although I’m talking about it now, I didn’t do it for the story. I want people to know it’s a shitty job, it’s degrading and there are women there who were twice my age, paying for their kids’ tuition so that their daughters could go to gymnastics class. So fuck you, coming in and doing it for five minutes so you can write about it. It’s classist, I guess. Making fun of women who really have to do that job. Wearing a disguise.



FemiFest is a radical feminist conference happening next weekend in London. As in previous years (with RadFem 2012 and RadFem 2013), the event has made it clear this it is only open to cis women, stating “we welcome all women who were raised and socialized as girls to join us”. The conference is…

Thanks for the free publicity. We have been talking about doing this in Brighton next year, if we can find a good venue.

On the one hand the lesbian is reduced to the Western other and declared not to be a citizen of the country within any socio-cultural-historical-cosmological context. But on the other hand the heterosexual business executive is very much the result of an economic order arising out of a ‘Western’ context, yet his Indianness is never called into question.
Giti Thadani 1996 Sakhiyani: Lesbian desire in ancient and modern India, p. 87.
The global advertising industry, the sex industry, the trafficking in girls and women industry are about the institutionalisation of heterosexuality as dollars for tourism and a way of providing for that group of highly mobile, cashed up men who take for granted easy access to women’s bodies.
Susan Hawthorne


It’s a sad life when u cannot separate radfem politics from everyday life sometimes. Who has the will to be angry about everything all the damn time.

Patriarchy is everywhere, so no you can’t separate radical feminist politics from everyday life. But you do need to find a way to in this world. I find the only way I can is to get involved in activism. I need to be fighting it.

And when we (lesbians) are not assimilated – not part of them, we are afflicted with illness, criminality, abnormality. It’s fine so long as we shut up or play the exotic and erotic role of lipstick or SM lesbian.


Susan Hawthorne