so, I still suck at using wordpress, and after writing a letter to the Counselor backing the petition, and now a letter to the newspaper regarding the article, my brain will not let me comprehend much else, let alone how to insert a link properly into this. so, I’m sorry.
if I was awesome, that would work as a proper link, so let’s cross our fingers for awesomeness.
and here is my letter to the editors and the writers at said newspaper. enjoy. or don’t. my head hurts too much to care now 😉
First of all, I would like to thank Stephanie Ip and Gordon McIntyre for showing us both sides in this article, and at least giving Steven Mountford the chance to address these allegations presented in the students’ petition.
Second, I have a couple choice words for those involved in this petition. Most of which initially were unprintable.
While I am certain that the intentions of the students involved in this petition to shut down the Paramount are kindhearted, they are severely naive and uninformed. Unfortunately, if this naivete and running on pervasive damaging stereotypes is not addressed, we will never move forward as a society. That is at the heart of the matter, evolving to a world where social justice is not just an ideal, right? Where patriarchal stereotypes don’t lead to the marginalization of women, especially women in the sex industry.
If the students, faculty and city counsel members involved had any actual interest in social justice, they would have contacted the people involved first, educated themselves. We don’t need saving, we need to abolish the damaging stereotypes that declare that we can’t think for ourselves. We don’t need to be saved, we need people to get over themselves and stop trying to impose their own limited ignorant morality on us all. The only thing these misguided mindsets accomplish is letting people like Pickton get away with preying upon sex workers, because whether we’re dancers, porn actors, escorts or survival sex workers, we are marginalized and brushed aside, silenced.
Maybe if these kids really did want to “increase knowledge” they would instead do what a Psychology class at UBC does; have a panel of sex workers who are involved in not only the fields, but also outreach and educational programs related to their portion of the sex industry talk about their work, why they do it, and how society treats us. There’s also a question and answer period. That is true progress, not imposed morality dictated by misguided adults forcing their outdated views on impressionable minds.
Want to help us? Start listening to us instead of telling us what to do.
former exotic dancer