There is hardly anything empowering about sex work.
Know it and know peace.

There is hardly any difference between paying a woman's brideprice to her father and paying an often trafficked woman money of which most goes to her pimps.
Know it and know peace.
You can't speak against bride price as an African Feminist under the pretext of "Women's bodies are not commodities to be exploited".

You cannot speak against bride price as an AfriFeminist knowing fully well putting money on women's bodies excuses men for marital rape.
You cannot speak against bride price as an African Feminist but turn around and support sex work.
Know it and know peace.

You cannot speak against bride price as an African Feminist knowing fully well how bride price lists mirror slavery and the making of women as property.
You cannot speak against bride price as an African Feminist but support the sex trade industry.
You cannot speak against bride price as an African Feminist but support the legalization of sex work.

Know it and know peace.
You cannot speak against the objectification of women and the degradation of Black women in the media.
You cannot speak against the entitlement and fetishes white men have towards Black African women but support the European sex industries whose legalization of sex work
...saw an increase in the number of African women trafficked often with the aim to fulfill the deranged fantasies of men they may not sleep with on a normal day but had to.
Know it and know peace.

Legalizing sex work will do nothing to abate the violence they face.
Legalizing sex work as a means of addressing the violence they face is a corrective approach.
It hardly solves anything and they can still be exposed to more violence even from law enforcement.

What should be done is a preventive approach.
What is that?
Criminalize the demand.
An industry thrives only when there is a demand for it.
What fuels the demand for sex workers by men is often premised on the objectification of women and deranged fantasies.
I am a researcher.
These are pure facts.

You cannot argue against bride price because it dehumanizes
the woman who is a wife.
But turn around and okay the monetization of women's bodies in an industry where the major profits go off to men.
Know it and know peace.

"Sex work" is a misnomer.
It intends to sanitize the very violence women are exposed to as viable work.
Know it..
Also, in the convo about how the sex trade industry is sexist there should be no shaming for the women in it.
The shaming should instead be redirected at those who sustain the demand.

This thread I wrote three years ago explains it better and is timely.

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6 Apr
I find it super interesting that whenever I research conflicts or war situations, men are more willing to talk.
It's still traumatic for them yeah but they are more willing to talk.

E.g Biafra.
It's easier to find first hand accounts even of women's experiences from men.
Women's stories tend to not be told.
And when they are told they are told mostly by men or male researchers in books.

It's kind of how it's easier to find written accounts on pre colonial African cultures mostly from British researchers and anthropologists.
I've been researching the Biafran war actively for about a year now.
One thing I've observed is that there are more documented stories of male experiences.

Women's experiences of the war are mostly retold orally.
Even the books & novels have more male authors than female.
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