On Friday, Donna Hughes and Citizens Against Trafficking put out a letter titled “International Sex Radicals Campaign to keep Prostitution Decriminalized in Rhode Island” . I responded to this pile of propaganda here, and I was not the only one.
Here is a couple of the “Radicals” that responded to Hughes’ lies. (I have included some excerpts, but click on the links to read the full articles) The interesting part is that Hughes says this is Part One of her attack on the 50 Academics that signed a letter to the RI General Assembly against the proposed prostitution law.
Starting locally at ProvidenceDailyDose.com check out Sex Radical’s International Conspiracy Afoot in RI, Apparently. Beside the article being great, check out the comments by local Rhode Islanders.
Now lets check out the woman who was actually attacked. Elizabeth Woods responds with this: Don’t Lets Personal Attacks Distract Us, where she tries to keep people focused on issues, and also reprints the letter I sent to the General Assembly. The next day Norma Jean Almodovar also wrote a excellent letter to the RI lawmakers.
The people who also responded to attacks by Donna Hughes who could hardly be labeled as a “Sex Radical” were Senator Paul Jabour and Senator Michael McCaffery. In their Guest Opinion in the Boston Herald they write :
“The Rhode Island State Senate passed bill S596A on June 25, closing a “loophole” by making indoor prostitution unlawful in the state. Reports to the contrary are inaccurate…We must delineate the lines that have been blurred among the problems of indoor prostitution, outdoor prostitution, human sex-trafficking and strip-club dancing by minors. Each of these issues has an appropriate legal and moral response and confusing them will lead to ineffective policies and political responses.” I wonder if they think that Hughes is the one “blurring the lines”
A great response to this letter can be read at Rhode Island’s Future. Brian Hull does an incredible job disecting this opinion piece in “More About Prostitution”
But, back to the “Radical’s” response.
Renegade Evolution wrote “Donna Hughes & The War Against Whores”
Amber Rhea wrote “Notes To Self” where she points out one of the many major flaws in Hughes letter.
“Wood isn’t a sex worker and is in no way affiliated w/ $pread (I also love your cute little comment about how, OMG, the “S” is a dollar sign! tee-hee!) other than as a subscriber – but why should that matter? We’re all a monolith to you.”
If you just want a good laugh, (not that this is a laughing matter) check out Looser Dust. Radical Feminist gets facts wrong shock (among other things)
The best account of disecting Hughe’s letter is on A Feminist View. In The Battle for Rhode Island’s Sex Life
In Bust Out Your Pepto, Jane Brazen makes the excelent point:
What I find most interesting is that of the two main signers of the letter (Elizabeth Woods and Ronald Weitzner), Hughes personally attacked Dr Wood. The woman of the two. Sexism for the win!
By the way, it is usual for Hughes to go attack the women and side with the men. I wrote about that in a previous post when she attacked the women she was “trying to save” when they testified, and sided with the cops and judges who testified (all of whom were men) that they want to put them in prison.
I know I missed a bunch of blogs, if I missed yours, sorry. Please let me know in the comments section if you know about anyone else responding to Hughes and her fear mongering.