Why are we still a member of this thing? It’s not even a joke of an organization–jokes have a purpose.
South African Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng is the author of “Dr. T: A Guide to Sexual Health and Pleasure” and host of a South African television show “Sex Talk with Dr. T.” She’s now about to add another feather to her cap as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health.
In 2019, Dr. Mofokeng wrote an article in Teen Vogue “destigmatizing” (ie. advocating for) sex work titled, “Why Sex Work is Real Work.”
She wrote, “I am a doctor, an expert in sexual health, but when you think about it, aren’t I a sex worker? And in some ways, aren’t we all?”
No, Dr. Mofokeng. No, not all of us are. There are certain things inherent to sex work such as the exchange of money for sexual services. That’s literally what defines sex work.
Dr. Mofokeng admits that penetrative sex is “undeniably” a part of sex work, but she writes that there are other aspects such as “companionship, intimacy, nonsexual role playing, dancing, escorting, and stripping.” She adds, “The idea of purchasing intimacy and paying for the services can be affirming for many people who need human connection, friendship, and emotional support. Some people may have fantasies and kink preferences that they are able to fulfill with the services of a sex worker.”
In the article, she acknowledges that although apps and online spaces have made it easier for sex workers to peddle their wares, she blasted the United States for regulations making it more difficult to pimp oneself online. She wrote that the “continued criminalization of sex work and sex workers is a form of violence by governments and contributes to the high level of stigma and discrimination.”
Sex workers must be affirmed through upholding and the protection of their human rights to autonomy, dignity, fair labor practices, access to evidence-based care. It is for this and many other reasons that I believe sex work and sex worker rights are women’s rights, health rights, labor rights, and the litmus test for intersectional feminism.
Further, the impact of continued criminalization of the majority of sex workers, most of whom are cisgender women and transgender women, mean that sex worker rights are a feminist issue. If you support women’s rights, I urge you to support the global demand for sex work decriminalization, and fund evidence and rights-based intersectional programs aimed at sex workers and their clients.
Source: Teen Vogue
She’s publishing this in Teen Vogue, a magazine with a target demographic of teenage girls.
Anti-trafficking groups have (rightly) gone ballistic that Dr. Mofokeng has been given the United Nations stamp of approval to push for the normalization of prostitution.
“The idea that legalizing or decriminalizing commercial sex would reduce its harms is a persistent myth,” said Deidre Pujols, Founder of Open Gate International and Co-founder of Strike Out Slavery. “Many claim if the sex trade were legal, regulated, and treated like any other profession, it would be safer. But research suggests otherwise. Countries that have legalized or decriminalized commercial sex often experience a surge in human trafficking, pimping, and other related crimes.”
“Sex buyers do not view the women they purchase as individuals worthy of respect, but instead as subhuman objects to use,” Haley McNamara told the Friday Fax. McNamara, Vice President for the UK-based International Centre on Sexual Exploitation (ICOSE) cited a U.S.-focused study that found 75% of women in prostitution reported they were raped by sex buyers.
The UN has drawn opposition from the anti-trafficking community before. In the past decade, UN agencies like UN Women, UNAIDs and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights have all taken neutral positions on the decriminalization of prostitution.
“The law that Dr. Mofokeng advocates for fully decriminalizes all aspects of the sex-trade, including brothel-keepers and pimps (aka traffickers), said Helen Taylor, Director of Intervention for Exodus Cry. “The United Nations ought to be the last place to advocate for human-traffickers and the buyers who fuel demand to be legalized.”
Source: Center for Family and Human Rights
Violence against those who engage in sex work is rampant, and the act itself is dehumanizing by reducing the prostitute into an object to be used, rather than be seen as a human being. Sex becomes a physical transaction and advocates of “sex work” continually ignore the emotional intimacy involved with sex that is an important factor, especially for women.
Things like the nuance of humanity are lost on those who refuse to acknowledge the spiritual aspect of individuals who are made in God’s image and view people as nothing more than meat puppets run on chemicals.
But I digress…
Dr. Mofokeng’s charms don’t just lie with the promotion of the sex trade, but she’s also a big advocate for abortion.
Shocker, I know.
In a 2018 op-ed in The Guardian, she criticized President Trump’s expansion of the Mexico City Policy denying organizations access to U.S. government funds for promoting or performing abortions.
Don’t you love how a South African doctor would like to dictate how U.S. foreign aid is used? It’s because–in case you didn’t catch it with all her talk about “labor”–she’s a Marxist.
And she’s being promoted by the United Nations to push her life-destroying agenda.
Clearly, “human rights” doesn’t mean the same thing to the United Nations as it does to rational human beings.
But then, we knew that. Check out some of the members of the United Nations Human Rights Council:
Oops, you forgot to list the members:
?? Democratic Republic of Congo
?? Burkina Faso
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) September 14, 2020
I don’t know about you, but I’m with the Late, Great Charles Krauthammer on the state of the United Nations–“Trump should find a way to put his name on it and turn it into condos.”
Amen, brother. Amen.
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