Dumbest thing I’ve read this week

The state owes prostitutes and their families (I am thinking specifically of their children) an immediate escape from prostitution in terms of social services, housing, jobs and physical protection, and absolutely ferocious, aggressive prosecution of those who hurt them. It does not owe them a safe way to engage in selling sex because…to participate in prostitution when there is a real, meaningful exit is to willingly participate in the belief that men should be able to buy access to our bodies–and that is wrong. If you insist on doing that despite having real options, at some point you have to face the fact that you are choosing to be vulnerable to the violence and cruelty and degradation that are absolutely inherent in prostitution.

Yep, that’s someone saying if a person chooses to work in the sex trade, the law is not obligated to protect them and it’s their own damn fault for putting themselves in that position.  Note – this person lumps all porn (all porn, not just gonzo, not just illegally produced, not even porn designed for male audiences, but ALL porn) in with prostitution.

And if you disagree with her, you either A) are getting off on the fact that there are women forced into prostitution/porn that are raped and tortured, or B) suffering from PTSD due to being a rape victim.

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On Guns

I own guns.  I use guns.  I have a concealed carry permit and do sometimes carry concealed.  I have actually drawn and fired my weapon in self defense and killed the target for which I was aiming with a single well-placed shot to the head.  I do hunt, though for hunting I prefer to use a bow.

And it is my considered opinion that the vast majority of the US does not need to own guns.  And nobody needs to own an automatic.  Few need to own a semi-automatic.  Nobody needs a high-powered rifle.  Absolutely nobody needs a handgun that can penetrate the average front door of a house.

Guns should at be at least as inconvenient to own as cars. You must pass a test that shows you know how to use one before you are given the license that allows you to use one. Your license can be suspended at anytime should you operate one in a manner even remotely unsafe. You must be retested at set intervals to ensure you are still able to utilize one properly. You must register and pay taxes on all firearms you own. If you take your guns out of your gun safe, you must be able to show that you have paid insurance on said firearms should any ‘accidents’ occur. You must produce your license, gun registration, and proof of insurance upon request by any LEO when having said firearms outside your gun safe. Being in possession of a firearm while under the effects of any mind-altering substance will result in your ‘right’ to possess a firearm being revoked for a minimum of one year up to however long it takes you to grow the fuck up.  Firing your gun in the air in public should be grounds for immediate revocation of your firearm license until you complete a firearm safety course which should cost you at least your average monthly available funds to take.  Carrying your firearm in public without being able to demonstrate you were either on your way home, to a gun range, to go hunting, or other actually valid reason should net you a ticket of at least $200.

Yes, that sucks.  Yes, it’s inconvenient.  Yes, it’s annoying that75% of gun owners give the rest of us a bad name. But that’s life.  Deal.  Or figure out a way to fix the part of the human brain that makes them be chronic dumbshits.

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A place for Lee to Mansplain

Here is a thread, Lee.  Feel free to continue your mansplaining here.

Original Thread, where Crommunist also destroys you, is here, in case you forget.

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The Thirteenth Amendment

The US constitution states:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Why should a woman be forced into involuntary servitude to anyone, let alone a fetus? Is having sex now somehow a crime for which only women can be convicted?

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Rape prevention tips

I would dearly love to know, exactly, by what percentage of my risk of rape would be reduced by taking the following tips:

1) Never drinking in public
2) Never walking alone at night
3) Never wearing ‘revealing’ clothing

Please provide me with what method you used to determine that the rape would not have occurred, just in a slightly different manner, had the above tip been followed? Peer reviewed sources only. Cite all sources. Be prepared to justify your methodology

Prove that these tips will actually provide a statistically significant reduction of rape, or stop claiming they are tips for risk mitigation. Show what reduction benefits they actually provide so they can be ‘prioritized’.

Make sure your proof accounts for the fact that these ‘tips’ are followed in countries like, oh, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, three countries on the ‘ten worst countries for women’ list.

You claim these ‘mitigate risk’. Prove it. Once and for all, PROVE these ‘safety tips’ actually provide any sort of worthwhile ‘mitigation of risk’, or quite frankly, shut up about their supposed benefits.

Do this actual research.

Because you know what you will find when you do?

That these ‘safety tips’ don’t actually help at all. That many are contradictory, all are unreasonable, and none provide any sort of statistically significant reduction benefits.

How are they unreasonable?

Let’s start with a simple one, okay?

Don’t walk alone at night.

Simple, straight, and it’s protective benefits are ‘clear’, right?

First off, let’s check your privilege.

Let’s look at the economy, cost of buying a vehicle, and public transportation. You are in college, you own no home, you own no car. There is nobody from whom you can borrow a vehicle.  Your entire current assets amount to approximately $700.  You currently have no place to live.  There is an apartment in the city within walking distance of your college and of a job that would pay your bills and eventually allow you to save up to buy a car. It is the only job available that will work with your college schedule. You would get off work at midnight. Public transportation is unreliable at best and ends at 9pm anyway.

Now, go back to that ‘safety tip’.

Is that safety tip still a reasonable thing to ask?

You think so?

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Right to Life?

I hear the phrase ‘right to life’ tossed about constantly as though it means something.

So what is this ‘right to life’ we all have? What does this ‘right’ give us?

If I need a kidney transplant, does my ‘right to life’ mean I get to take a kidney from the first compatible individual I find regardless of how they feel about it? What if it’s bone marrow? A liver? Heart? Blood?

What if it’s just food and shelter? When then do the folks that beat people over the head with the concept of ‘right to life’ also predominately show a tendency to oppose welfare? Not to mention universal health care?

As mentioned before, my husband relies on a daily dose of a particular medication for his survival. Does that mean he has a ‘right’ to that medication? It’s a couple hundred bucks a month coming out of our pocket. What about his ‘right to life’?

And on the flip side, what about the ‘right to life’ of somebody in the process of committing a violent crime? Or committing a crime that a person reasonably suspects is going to involve violence?

What about enemy combatants? Or even just folks who are ‘collateral damage’? What about their ‘right to life’? We are capable of feeding the world, but a couple hundred children have starved to death since I started writing this post. What about their ‘right to life’? For the cost of the campaign in a single state to strip women of their right of bodily autonomy, we could save a years worth of starving children. That’s over 15 million, btw.

So please, someone tell me, what exactly is ‘right to life’? Who has a ‘right to life’?

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Possibly worth reading

http://bannedatheists.us/

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