Radical feminist anti hate speech, sexual predators, and forgive and forget for the cause.


Below are quotes from Evelina Giobbe. Evelina’s work is prominently featured on the Melissa Farley website Prostitution Research and Education. Evelina was Executive Director of WHISPER: Women Hurt and Systems of Prostitution Engaging in Resistance

Evelina and WHISPER, Women Hurt and Systems of Prostitution Engaging in Resistance settled out of court with a gag order as a result of what Evelina perpetrated, which as you read below was sexual assault against a one time client who became an employee of WHISPER. WHISPER folded. Kelly Holsopple’s allegations were supported by other clients of WHISPER. Google Evelina Giobbe/Kelly Holsopple for more information. See below the legal notice from Minneapolis Newspaper “City Pages” Yet Evelina’s “work” is prominently featured on Farley and many other radical feminist websites. Was their outcry against Evelina in the radical feminist community? Only from a few, virtually none of which are in radical feminism anymore, either driven out as heretics or no longer able to stomach that movement’s ethical breaches. Evelina committed acts very similar to those of Kyle Payne. Yet that fact was swept under the carpet by Farley and others. Why? I don’t know. Apparently Evelina’s “work” is more valuable than human beings and thus her actions of sexual harassment/sexual assault are forgivable. Or if not forgiven, at least conveniently forgotten.

Evelina is different from Kyle Payne how? Did radical feminism care a whole lot about Kelly Holsopple? Or was her victimization and that of others buried to save the movement from having one of it’s leaders exposed?

The contention that the sex worker rights movement was somehow corrupt in being the one to bring fourth the information about Kyle Payne. That somehow Renegade Evolution was somehow morally bankrupt for focusing attention on Kyle because she allegedly collaborates with rapists. As by radical feminist definition all porn is prostitution and all prostitution is bought and sold rape.

When radical feminists use terms such as pro prostitution, pro porn, pro pimp lobby, it is important to consider the context. Which occurred to me may not be fully understood other than by those of us that were part of the rad fem/anti movement until we couldn’t deal with the hypocrisy. Which the blowback from breaking with that movement is to put it mildy intense. There is a movement that has a very harsh penalty for heresy. Heresy often being daring to question the ethics of the movement upper hierarchy. In radical feminism anti activism, it is often fine to have huge ethical breaches as long as one doesn’t transgress policy or embarrass the leadership. Back to Evelina. Her “:work” remains idolized by radical feminism. Forget what she did to Kelly Holsopple and others. Forget or be ejected from the movement for questioning why Evelina isn’t being called on her actions and why she is considered a role model.

Back to the bought and sold rape thing and labels like pro porn. When radical feminists call someone pro porn they aren’t saying it as a statement that the person is a porn supporter. They are using these terms to say the person is pro rape, pro rapist, pro trafficking, pro sexual assault. Which none of are. It is easy to say screw the rad fems. Who cares what they think. Maybe that has validity, but it is also important to consider the message they are sending that is bought by others. Throwing hate speech like calling us pro rape, pro sexual assault, while they chastise Renegade Evolution for bringing Kyle Payne’s guilty plea for sexually assaulting a woman to the front page. The same woman who calls me pro porn aka pro rapist and states that I am part of a group trying to bully Maggie Hays into silence, then advocates that Maggie seek legal redress to stop me from speaking my mind. Via threat of an attorney.

Is there contradiction, hypocrisy and hatred coming from the rad fem anti movement? Well, that is up to the individual to determine however……………

So, some rad fem anti types, save the lone voice in the wildnerness standing up to massive exploitation thing for the choir. Save the hate speech labels and name calling and the pretentious and faux self righteousness and take a look at your own movement and what they do, what they forgive and forget.

Kelly Holsopple is a friend. I haven’t forgotten. For the record, In 1998 when found about what happened to Kelly, and went to the courthouse and got all the legal paperwork on the case which made it clear that Kelly experienced what she stated she did, not that I ever doubted her, I didn’t, but I wanted my ducks in a row before I made my case. Evelina contacted me and tried very hard to use intimidation and threats to tell me to shut my fucking mouth. Others like Donna Hughes quickly jumped in to the fray to advise that maybe it was best for the movement if this wasn’t discussed. I’ll give Farley credit on that one. She was silent about my statements. Although that was because she didn’t want to give me credibility by admitting I existed after she had spent so much time and effort trying to convince people that I was actually Carol Leigh.

From Prostitution Research and Education the website of Melissa Farley

90% of prostituted women interviewed by WHISPER had pimps while in prostitution (Evelina Giobbe, 1987, WHISPER Oral History Project, Minneapolis, Minnesota).

A Comparison of Pimps and Batterers” is a condensed version of a longer article by Evelina Giobbe, entitled “An Analysis of Individual, Institutional, and Cultural Pimping,” which appeared in Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, 1993, 1 (1): 33-57.

Copyright © 1994, 1998 Evelina Giobbe. All Rights Reserved.

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http://www.citypages.com/1997-07-02/news/anatomy-of-a-sellout

Kelly Holsopple, Plaintiff, vs. WHISPER, Inc., Evelina Giobbe, and Mary Madden, Defendants; complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court June 26, 1997. Plaintiff states and alleges as follows:

[…] Defendant WHISPER [Women Hurt in Systems of Prostitution Engaged in Revolt] provides community education on prostitution as a form of systematic violence against women and children, and assists women in escaping systems of prostitution by providing social services to them.

[…] Plaintiff Kelly Holsopple is a former prostitute and stripper. She first became a client of WHISPER when she attended a Radical Education and Support Group facilitated by Evelina Giobbe in the fall of 1992.

[…] Plaintiff quit stripping on Sept. 21, 1994. Her motivation to quit included her admiration of Defendant Giobbe’s work for prostitutes, her desire to do similar work, and Defendant Giobbe’s promise to be a mentor and teacher to her.

…] Exploiting Plaintiff’s admiration and affection, as well as her vulnerability and trust in WHISPER, Defendant Giobbe engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with Plaintiff while she was a client and former client of WHISPER, as well as an employee. Among other actions, Defendant Giobbe: Invited her to an intimate party at her apartment; told Plaintiff she loved her; told her she was bisexual; drank and danced with her at bars and clubs; asked her to stay overnight at her apartment; partially and fully disrobed in her presence; told Plaintiff she was sexually attracted to her; commented seductively on her physical beauty and energy; slept with Plaintiff; and physically touched and assaulted her including hugging, kissing, putting her head in Plaintiff’s lap, circling Plaintiff’s arms around her, and touching and biting her breasts…

[…] In April of 1996, Defendant Giobbe sexually assaulted Plaintiff. She partially disrobed Plaintiff in her car, bit her breast, kissed and slapped her, asking, “Whose pussy is this?” Defendant Giobbe had previously told Plaintiff that her pimp had used that question and had demanded that she respond with his name. The only way that Plaintiff could get Giobbe to stop slapping her was by saying “It’s Evelina’s pussy.”

[…] In early 1996, WHISPER’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors received complaints by two employees against Defendant Giobbe, stating that she engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with clients and employees and harassed and intimidated clients and staff members.

[…] In mid-September 1996, staff members were informed that the Board of Directors had voted to dissolve WHISPER.

A Comparison of Pimps and Batterers” is a condensed version of a longer article by Evelina Giobbe, entitled “An Analysis of Individual, Institutional, and Cultural Pimping,” which appeared in Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, 1993, 1 (1): 33-57.

Copyright © 1994, 1998 Evelina Giobbe. All Rights Reserved.

Sex Workers Group Wins HIV and Rights Award: Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers Honored at AIDS Conference

Mexico City, August 6, 2008

– The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers
(APNSW) is the recipient of the 2008 international Award for Action on
HIV/AIDS and Human Rights, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Human
Rights Watch announced today. The award, which recognizes outstanding
individuals and organizations that protect the rights and dignity of
people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, was presented in Mexico City
on August 6, 2008, at the XVII International AIDS Conference.

“Sex workers routinely face human rights abuses, including the
discriminatory denial of health services, arbitrary detention by police,
harassment, and sexual and physical violence,” said Richard Elliott,
executive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
(www.aidslaw.ca <http://www.aidslaw.ca/&gt; ). “This award recognizes the
extraordinary contribution of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers in
the struggle for sex workers’ rights.”

Since 1994, APNSW has represented sex workers in various policy and
educational forums, promoting the participation of sex workers in
HIV/AIDS programs and supporting dialogue between nongovernmental
organizations, governments, and activists. The group has challenged the
increasing criminalization of all forms of sex work and unethical drug
trials with sex workers as subjects.

APNSW has shaped policy at the global and regional levels, and built the
capacity of local grassroots sex worker organizations, including by
creating a network of transgender activists. Throughout Asia, the
network has been challenging gender-based violence, promoting access to
health care for sex workers, and advocating for the decriminalization of
sex work.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the Asia Pacific Network
for Sex Workers,” said Andrew Hunter, the network’s policy director.
“International recognition of sex workers’ human rights is vital to curb
the HIV pandemic. Governments and UN agencies need to promote
sustainable, comprehensive HIV prevention and care initiatives for sex
workers that are community-led and protect their human rights.”

The stigmatization, social exclusion, and legal marginalization of sex
workers contribute to human rights violations, and can exacerbate their
risk of HIV infection. Increasingly, according to APNSW,
anti-trafficking efforts and laws criminalizing transactional sex have
resulted in violence and human rights abuses against sex workers at the
hands of police. The organization pointed to new anti-trafficking
legislation in Cambodia, where sex workers have been sent to
“rehabilitation” centers and subjected to sexual violence and beatings,
and had little access to health care or food.

“Being a part of APNSW – working in solidarity with tens of thousands of
sex workers in the region – has allowed us to challenge the way the
authorities have applied this law in Cambodia, and to gain strength to
bring this issue to international attention,” said Kao Tha of the
Women’s Network for Unity, a sex worker rights organization in Cambodia.

“The International AIDS Conference presents a forum to focus worldwide
attention on the epidemic and our global response,” said Joe Amon,
director of the HIV/AIDS program at Human Rights Watch
(www.hrw.org/hivaids). “Unfortunately, too often that response has been
tainted by prejudice and misinformation. Only by ensuring the health and
human rights of sex workers will governments, UN agencies, donors and
nongovernmental groups be effective at reducing the vulnerability of sex
workers to HIV infection. The Asia Pacific Network’s work epitomizes this.”

The Awards for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights were established in
2002 by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Human Rights Watch.
An award is presented annually to one Canadian and one international
recipient.
This year’s Canadian recipient was Peter Collins, a prisoner and health
activist in Ontario, Canada.

To learn more about the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers, please visit:

* APNSW website: http://apnsw.org/apnsw.htm
* APNSW video on HIV/AIDS and sex workers’ human rights:
http://sexworkerspresent.blip.tv/#9772333

To see past recipients of the Award for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human
Rights, please visit:

* Human Rights Watch website:
http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/hivaids/Awards_for_Action/past_recipients.htm
* Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network website: http://www.aidslaw.ca/awards