Supporting and standing with women with experience in the commercial sex trade, and its associated exploitation, trafficking and prostitution.
so it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive - Audre Lorde, Litany for Survival 1978 #BLACK LIVES MATTER.
TO UNDERSTAND THE PRESENT, WE MUST LOOK TO THE PAST
Human Trafficking of Women and Girls in the United States: Toward an Evolving Psychosocial–Historical Definition by Paola Michele Contreras
"In the history of slavery in the United States, enslaved people were taken from their homes in Africa, transported to the United States, and forced to incorporate in the master’s land. The descendants of those slaves were not recognized as belonging to their parent’s natal home or to the master’s land, and hence became stateless and kinless. The power relationship that characterizes the master–slave relationship is established after three facets are met: social, psychological influence, and cultural authority. Together, these facets lead to the enslaved person’s social death."
Duet: Prostitution, Racism and Feminist Discourse by Vednita Carter and Evelina Giobbe
"It is often very painful for African-Americans to look back in history. Everything ever portrayed about Black women, by way of visual images or writing, has been negative. Black women have been depicted in ways that one would think could only be fictional or in some horror story. In truth, many of these portrayals are our reality. We have seen the Black mammy, always caring for white folks' children, even to the point of suckling milk from her breasts so she does not have enough milk for her own child. We have seen her as a slave, valued only for her "breeding capacity," and we have seen her children taken from her. Pornography portrays her as a wild animal that is always ready for any kind of sex, at any time, at any place, with anybody. The message to Black women is clear: this is how it is, this is who we are, this is what we're for. With all the negative images and labels ascribed to Black women, it is no surprise that many of us remain confused about who we really are and who we want to be."
Carter, Vednita, & Giobbe, Evelina. (1999). Duet: prostitution, racism and feminist discourse. Hastings Women's Law Journal, 10(1), 57–57.
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