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Misandry isn’t real and you’re erasing the experiences of margnalized people by suggesting otherwise
Male sex workers can experience certain kinds of marginalization; racism, ableism, queerphobia and even whorephobia. Remember though that men experience whorephobia differently to women.
While a lot of homophobia is based around men being perceived as feminine and therefore rooted in misogyny, and while men are the main clients in sex work, it is women who have primarily been subject to moralism regarding sex. Even in the media, female sex workers are fetishized or demonized whereas male sex workers are often painted in a positive light (did anyone see the show Hung? or the film about male strippers?). Why? Because when men take their clothes of, they’re not subject to the sexualization women are under patriarchy. They are doing it out of choice, or its a gimmick, or it’s something fun. Women on the other hand are either privileged and vilified, marginalized and vilified or painted as helpless victims.
Privilege and marginalization operate in the sex industry in very similar ways as they do everywhere else, with the exception that this is one of the few industries where women can earn decent money - comparatively more than men in the industry - without qualifications, experience etc. Despite that, it is still overwhelmingly white, cis, thin, young, able-bodied normative women who are able to work safely with higher pay and a lower risk of violence. Intersectionality is applicable everywhere, particularly in sex work. WoC are at a higher risk of violence in sex work than white women, cis women can expect a lower risk of violence than trans* women. In addition, these factors directly affect not only who abusers choose to target but the help that will be made available to the victim.
These are the real life issues affecting sex workers. Misandry is not. Male sex workers are not oppressed because they are male, though they may be for other reasons. Misandry is not real. Misandry is not real. Misandry is not real.
The violence men experience usually comes from other men. It is overwhelmingly men who are hurting men, just as it is overwhelmingly men who are hurting women. Moreover, the circumstances in which men are hurt by other men are usually things like bar fights (statistics support this!). This does not translate to sex work. The fact that certain statistics suggest that men experience violence at higher rates than women - hilariously, in situations that are statistically more likely to be reported to the police - does not suggest that men experience higher rates of violence in the sex industry. While it certainly happens, again, those who are victimized usually have an intersecting marginalized identity and are not victimized by women. So what does this have to do with ~misandry~?
This backlash against misandry isn’t doing anything besides trying to silence women who are expressing their frustration at being victims of male violence and patriarchy in general. If you are hurt by misandry, take some time to think about how it must feel to be on the receiving end of misogyny. If you want a real mindfuck, add an additional prejudice to that to; e.g. whorephobia. and see how that feels.
Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.
Medical tr_eatments from a fat perspective | Medizinische Be_handlungen aus dicker Perspektive
Ziel der Befragung ist eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit der Perspektive auf die medizinische Behandlung dick-gelesener Menschen als Verdeutlichung einer Stigmatisierung von als „ungesund“ gelesener Körper.
Als Grundlage sollen dazu Erfahrungsberichte dick-gelesener, dick-identifizierter und nicht-dick-gelesener_identifizierter Menschen dienen.
Die Daten werden anonym erhoben und dienen ausschließlich als Material für die Sitzungsgestaltung des Seminars zur „Sozialmedizin“.
Medical tr_eatments from a fat perspective
The idea of this survey is a critical debate with a perspective onto the medical treatment of people perceived as fat. We think, it’s important to show the stigmatizing of bodies seen as ‘unhealthy’.
As the base of our work we use the field reports of fat-preceived, fat-identified, non-fat-preceived_identified persons. The survey is anonymous and just used for the examination in the course “Social Medicin”.
Take the survey.
[Cal Q&A] goes to Queer Passionfruit Prom at Davis!
QACON has come and gone, finals have finally passed, and all our senior friends are graduating, but there is still one last big event of the year!
For those of you who are still in the area, APIQ is hosting their annual Queer Prom on the evening of Thursday, June 6. It’s like their version of QACON, except there’s no conference, just the party. There will also be some fun performances by APIQ Core, as well, I hear. :)
yeah, just read their blurb, cause Adam Horn wrote a better one than I’d ever be able to write: https://www.facebook.com/events/534715403241280/
(here’s a fun fact: our DJ’s at the QACON afterparty were all from Davis.)
Like always, Q&A’ers are also invited, so this event page is, uh, mostly just to let you know that you’ve been invited.
Oh, right. Also, Davis is kinda far. Here’s how you could get there and back from Berkeley:
There are basically two options on how to get there and back, the book bus, car(, and Amtrak, I guess.)
The book bus:
The book bus runs twice a day to and from Davis. On weekdays, of which Thursday and Friday are, it leaves Berkeley at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and returns to Berkeley at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. To sign up for book bus tickets, you’d need to go to this website: http://fleet.ucdavis.edu/Bus/jitneyand pay with credit/debit card. You can buy tickets 2 weeks beforehand, Thursday, May 23. Of course, you’d need to find somewhere to stay for the night, either by contacting someone you already know in Davis or by filling out this form for housing: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Tz5Hx_Qba3_ooqGaMNcdm1O0yDAckK7hu-O-uNwWPX8/viewform
Some of us will be driving, so you could also either drive or hitch a ride from someone who will be driving. If you need to be back in Berkeley on Friday morning before 9:00 a.m., when the book bus would arrive, then taking a car is your best bet. If you plan on driving, please fill out this form so we can coordinate rides!: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Tz5Hx_Qba3_ooqGaMNcdm1O0yDAckK7hu-O-uNwWPX8/viewform
Hope to see all of y’all there or elsewhere! Contact me if you have any concerns.