SWERF is a silencing tool

Shit Liberal Feminists Say: SWERF – by Jini Mehet, Feminist Current.

“Contrary to liberal feminists, who demonstrably exclude most women in prostitution so they can uphold a uniformly empowery notion of “sex work,” abolitionists don’t exclude any women from our analysis. We acknowledge that some women choose to enter into prostitution. Understanding that patriarchy both limits and shapes women’s choices, abolitionists believe the context of more privileged women’s choices — and the impacts those choices have on marginalized women — must be scrutinized as part of the hard work needed to make sure our movement leaves no woman behind.

“We also believe that, as a movement that aims to free all women, we need to focus most of our attention on the most marginalized among us. Deciding to focus most of our attention on a majority of marginalized women as opposed to completely ignoring them in favour of a small minority of more privileged women isn’t exclusionary — it’s feminism…

…SWERF is a schoolyard taunt employed to shame critically-thinking feminists into silence. It is an attempt to smear abolitionists as outdated “pearl-clutchers,” to delegitimize us as irrelevant and not worth listening to. In the face of a growing body of knowledge that erodes the very foundation of choice arguments about prostitution, “SWERF” is a petulant child with hands over ears screaming “lalalala” when life doesn’t go according to plan.”

Full article HERE

See Also – An Uppity, Non-Compliant Guide to Feminist Language by Glosswitch