Donna M. Hughes, Censoring Craigslist, the Street

Donna M. Hughes apparently reads this blog.  Hours after my post on how they allowed their alleged resource for trafficking victims go dark for over a week due to lack of payment, it has been restored.  On the front page they discuss the virtues of censoring Craigslist erotic services section.

Donna M. Hughes, Melanie Shapiro and your supporters.  Do you think traffickers and pimps are that stupid?  Or are you under the illusion that you are that powerful?  That somehow by censoring Craigslist traffickers, pimps and other predators are just going to go away.  Donna M. Hughes, Melanie Shapiro, and your supporters have you asked or considered alternative views from victims of your decisions?

When I was in coerced prostitution and an advertising source folded for whatever reason, I didn’t get a week off of paid vacation or a rescue from some feminist organization.  I got the street.  Donna M. Hughes, Melanie Shapiro, and your supporters, have you ever worked the street?  It is cold, it is frightening and it is dangerous.  I got to give blow jobs from under a steering wheel or over a gear shift.  I got to suck a gear shift during doggie style sex for twenty bucks.  Or gave a blow job in the rain while half naked, on my knees on some alley in Cincinnati.  Or worse, I got picked up and taken someplace where no one knew where I was, not even the pimp who at least had an investment in keeping me alive.  How safe would I have been being picked up by say Gary Ridgeway?  Without even the back up of a pimp.  I was fortunate not to have been picked up by a serial killer.  But it easily could have happened, and you know what, who would have cared?  Just another statistic.

So Donna M. Hughes, Melanie Shapiro and your supporters, when you get over your egotistical whims for your victories that are actually losses for both trafficking victims and consenting sex workers, perhaps you will realize the harm of your “work”.  Donna M. Hughes, you don’t give a damn about trafficking victims.  Your true goal is getting called to testify in front of Congress or on some radio show as an “expert”.  Work a street corner for a night in the winter and then come back and talk as an expert.  You will talk far more about fear, about being very cold, and wondering with every pick up whether you will be alive after it ends or even if you want to be alive after it ends rathe  than your academic terminology and glossed victories.

You conflate sex work and trafficking, you posture as an expert despite no first hand experience, you rescue no one, you harm so many and call yourself an expert and gleefully posture about your victories.

I dare you to try the real world some day Donna M. Hughes.

8 Responses

  1. Ha. Great post. I don’t know a whole lot about this subject but that was very well presented and I know a lot more now than I did ten minutes ago. Hope Ms. Hughes takes note.

  2. I know Donna M. Hughes to a degree as she and I were colleagues at one time. She won’t take note at all. She is far to high in her endowed chair position to waste her precious time listening to the voice of a mere sex worker. She used to whine about how much her activism on prostitution hurt her career and advocated the censorship and segregation of academics and previous prostitutes.

  3. >>>>She used to whine about how much her activism on prostitution hurt her career and advocated the censorship and segregation of academics and previous prostitutes.>>>>

    Well then she could’ve just chosen to work as an academic, then. Weird.

  4. Good post, Jill.

    I wonder if it would do any good to remind her of the story of the student and the Master?

    The student wanted to know everything and went to the Master. He told the Master how he knew so much of this and that. All the while that the student spoke, the Master poured tea into the student’s cup. Finally the student realized that the cup was overflowing all over his lap.

    “Stop! The cup is already full! Stop Master!”

    The Master finally stops and looks at the student. “If you would learn anything, you will empty your cup so it can be filled again.”

    The student stared at the Master.

    The Master said, “You come to me wanting to learn. You speak of all that you know, as if you need to prove to me what you know.” The Master shook his head. “Your knowledge is like this overflowing cup. Until you realize you do not know all about all the things you spoke of, I cannot teach you.”

    Donna M. Hughes needs to realize that with all her knowledge, with all that she thinks she knows, that she is as unteachable as that bragging student. Even experts of the “human condition” (i.e. Ann Landers and Miss Manners) sometimes ask other experts for help.

    We are the experts of sex workers and it’s time she listened.

  5. Susan,

    Ha! Great point.

    Jolene,

    Yes. Excellent analogy.

    XX

  6. She won’t listen to us. She didn’t listen to us when we were on her side. She segregated us so she and her academic CATW masters didn’t have to listen to us. To quote them in response to my speaking from first person experience “an international listserv isn’t an appropriate forum for this kind of message”. Screw Donna Hughes. I did two awesome speaking events today with awesome students at Duke that remind me of the real people to reach. The next generation both of activists and of voters. That is where the strength will come from. Donna Hughes represents an ideology whose day will pass.

  7. “Donna Hughes represents an ideology whose day will pass.”

    I’m beginning to see signs that it’s already passing; I think that’s why they’re getting all the more belligerent lately!

  8. http://www.sextraffickingvictims.org

    more awareness donna

    thanks

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