I guess it is not a surprise that I would call myself a feminist. Some might even venture to call me a “Radical Feminist”. I always go for the side of the woman. Even when I watch game shows like Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune I root for the women. I would think that most feminist would be on the side of women, but they are not. Donna Hughes, the “expert” in my film, has written numerous op. ed. pieces. Just recently she wrote in the Providence Journal about “The Circus of Prostitution” and I called her the Clown at the Center of the Circus. Professor Hughes essentially attacks the women she claims to be trying to help. Not only does she attack their appearance, she attacks them for speaking for themselves. Let me remind you these are the people she is claiming to help. Even in her letter in the Projo Hughes writes how the Governor, State Police, Judge, Police, and Reps (all men) spoke compellingly, yet the women’s testimony turned the hearing into a circus. Now please don’t get confused, I think that Donna Hughes is a “Radical Feminist” just like me, but she always sides with the men, and that is something I can’t understand. I think that this is somewhat like the whole “House Slave” and “Field Slave” phenomenon, where Professor Hughes is the “House Slave” and I am the “Field Slave”.
It is really sad that Hughes showed her true colors in this manner, but what is even sadder is some people didn’t see this. JoAnne Giannini who is the Representative who has put in the bill to re-criminalize prostitution has her heart in the right place. She had been convinced by Hughes that there were women being victimized and forced into sex slavery. Giannini wants to help the women, her heart is in the right place, but her brain is not. For some reason Giannini thinks the women can not be helped or saved unless they are arrested and put in prison. I don’t understand why she believes this so strongly, there are countries that have no prostitution laws and human sex-traffickers are convicted. Beside that, the majority of human trafficking is for domestic labor, and we do not make cleaning houses or dish washing illegal to go after the human traffickers. I hope that JoAnne Giannini wakes up from the trance that Donna Hughes has put on her in time to stop this war on women.
Yesterday Donna Hughes wrote a new opinion piece on The National Review, but this time she toned down her woman hating just a tad. (By the way, The National Review is the same publication that Hughes basically refers to George W. Bush as the first Feminist president) In this opinion piece she does not attack women’s appearances, but she just calls them uninformed.
Some local and national anti-trafficking organizations have actually worked behind the scenes to oppose the desperately needed reforms. They blame the lack of trafficking prosecutions on lack of political will and inadequate police training. In reality, trafficking laws work only where law enforcement is empowered to fight prostitution.
Other groups, such as the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU and Rhode Island NOW, have opposed passage of a prostitution law for ideological reasons. They support the decriminalization of prostitution and mistakenly believe that good trafficking laws make prostitution laws unnecessary….
It is an unspeakable tragedy that women’s rights groups and even organizations dedicated to fighting trafficking are failing to understand how basic prostitution laws help officials to identify victims and prosecute traffickers.
I think it is incredible that Hughes believes that she knows more that countless women’s groups, anti-trafficking groups, and 50 other university professors that wrote a letter to oppose the law. And not only does she think that she is better informed than these people who range from those who offer direct services to human trafficking victims to those who have a PhD in these areas, she has the gall to publish an article saying all of these people lack understanding. No Professor Hughes, these people understand that in order to free women you do not put them in handcuffs.