Quick.. give me a pun on ‘situated perspective’
by Ms Dentata
After the last post, I felt instantly compelled to write something entirely self-indulgent and perhaps of aide to all those who want to debate my views with me: my situated perspective on this whole shebang.
-It’s now about 3 weeks since I typed that first sentence. Obviously, I was not compelled enough. We’ll try it again..
The fact that I have the resources to gain a tertiary education/bitch about the fact I have to cycle home coz I’m too broke to taxi/worry about my mounting* student loan/write this blog at all is testament to the fact that I am economically advantaged. I also have the advantages in my life of being born into a middle-class family, a biological female, able-bodied, and white. I also have the current advantages of not having any drug addictions, no dependents, no criminal convictions, and an amazing group of supportive friends.
This explanation is not for the purpose of telling you guys how great my life is. There are also certain factors which have undoubtedly created challenges for me in some areas, but I think it’s important that I explicitly identify and acknowledge the relative privilege I have in this fucked-up system we live within.
I think it is also important to acknowledge that this privilege has affected many of the choices I’ve made.
I know feminist arguments about how ‘choice doesn’t exist unless there are viable alternatives’ do make some valid points. I guess my main point is that I agree with the theory; that being disadvantaged due to economic, racist, classist, sexist, able-bodiedism, sexism, heteronormativism/heterosexism, transphobia etc etc places challenges in your way- and it is often easier for people who are relatively advantaged in life to feel like they have more choices, and to generally remain blind to a lot of the nastier exploitative sides of life in general (and of the sex industry, often). However, I think expressing it in terms of choice is confusing and potentially disempowering.
Telling a womyn she didn’t have a choice about entering the industry because of age/sexual abuse/economic disadvantage/racism/sexism/family status is condescending and can be disempowering on a personal level.
Declaring that entire groups of womyn didn’t have ‘full’ choice about entering the industry because of these factors is also condescending.
Removing barriers to equity is DEFINITELY something I dream about seeing, and one day will- it is a passion of mine, no doubt.
However, this tangent about ‘choice’ seemed to get me going- and I’m gonna stop now before I hit 500 words.
*lol, mounting, lol