Normally when I see the word “whorephobia” it’s used in a completely nonsensical way- to imply that radical feminists are somehow hating women who are prostituted. This article in Metro News highlights just one area where you will find actual hatred of women in the sex trade. Hint: It’s not feminists doing the hating.
University student Clay Nikiforuk (not her real name) happened to be crossing the U.S. border on her way to Boston, when customs officers harassed her about having condoms and sexy underwear in her baggage. Apparently, having condoms and sexy underwear in your suitcase automatically makes you a prostitute. I would have just assumed she was a person going on a trip to Boston, silly me! Later, on a flight to Aruba, U.S. customs officers asked her how much she was being paid to go on this trip, because she was accompanied by a man.
Although the story gets worse from here, even this much information is enough to fill me with rage. There are several underlying assumptions going on here. One is that there’s something wrong with a woman being in public with condoms. How many articles have we read already about women being arrested or interrogated for walking in public with condoms in their purses? Here’s a news flash for the morons who harass women carrying condoms: condoms are a health product. They are for protecting body tissues from contracting diseases. Kinda like hand sanitizer, bandages, soap, rubber gloves, face masks, and sunscreen. The woman with condoms in her purse is not carrying them with the intention of committing a crime, she is carrying them with the intention of protecting her health, and the health of her sex partners. Protecting one’s health, it turns out, is a good thing.
Another part of the assumption going on here is that a young, attractive woman with condoms is necessarily a prostitute. This is the virgin/whore dichotomy for the bazillionth time. If a woman is not in the kitchen wearing a housedress and cooking for her husband, or sitting quietly in her room doing her homework, obviously she’s a whore. She’s public goods for anyone to take. This assumption fails to consider that a young, attractive woman in public with condoms in her purse might simply be a person who’s going on a trip.
Also part of the assumption is the idea that women who are sex trade workers are criminals or suspicious people. Wrong again. Women in the sex trade are people just trying to live their lives. No need for interrogation or incarceration here. (Some affordable housing and decent jobs would be nice though.)
This young woman was flagged as a suspected prostitute, interrogated for eight hours, and denied entry into the United States. For what reason? Even if she was a prostitute, what’s the big fucking deal? She enters the United States briefly on her way back home, and what? What’s the problem?
I hate the word “whorephobia” because I don’t know why the fuck we’re calling women “whores” when we should just be calling them women, but the U.S. immigration law is fucking whorephobic. They forced this young woman and her friend to purchase plane tickets to Panama and then to Canada just so they could get home. For no fucking reason.
And get this: the married man she was with was not questioned. SHE was interrogated for eight hours and denied entry into the U.S. for being a “prostitute” but the man she was with, who, by association with a supposed prostitute, was a supposed john, was not questioned. If the U.S. border thinks prostitution is wrong, here’s a piece of advice: INTERROGATE THE JOHN. Deny THAT fucker entry into the country.
The bottom line is this:
1. Women cannot be in public with condoms, or they’re public goods.
2. Women who go on trips with male friends who are married are so evil they should not be allowed to go home after their vacation.
3. In the case of adultery, the other woman is entirely at fault and the cheating husband is an innocent bystander.
3. It’s morally wrong to be a rape victim, but A-OK to be a rapist.
As Twisty would say, you’re a member of the sex class, and don’t you forget it. (For a citation of this quote see her every single blog post.)
I have a much better word for whorephobia. The hatred of whores is the hatred of women. The hatred of women is misogyny.
U.S. customs and immigration, you are a stinking pile of misogynist shitstains. Go fuck yourselves.