The myth of “whorephobia.”

There are few liberal words more full of hate and spite than “whorephobic,” both for the women they claim to defend but call whores, and for the women who dare to actually stand up for them. Ella Hawthorne discusses the definition of whore and how it connects to the uses of “whorephobia.”

If whorephobia really did mean hatred of women in the sex trade, then we would apply the word toward people who hurt women in the sex trade. The people hurting women are those people who take advantage of vulnerable women to coerce them into sex acts they do not desire, who beat and murder women, who traffic women, who want women to act out the Whore character. If whorephobia really did mean hatred of women in the sex trade, then pimps and johns and porn users would be considered whorephobic. In addition, if whorephobia really did mean the hatred and fear of women in the sex trade, then those who bully and silence women who speak out about their own experiences in the trade would be considered whorephobic.

The women who are calling radfems ‘whorephobic’ are really saying this: Stop saying anything negative about the shitty things I have to do to survive in the patriarchy, and stop pointing out where I’ve been victimized, because I don’t want to think of myself as a victim, no matter what men do to me. Validate the abuse that my abusers dish out, so I don’t have to think of it as abuse, and can pretend that everything is okay instead of acknowledging the epidemic of violence against women.

6 thoughts on “The myth of “whorephobia.”

  1. Independent Radical March 14, 2015 at 22:30 Reply

    It wouldn’t be so bad if the term were used against conservatives as well, but it seems to be reserved for status quo challenging progressives and feminists. Why am I not surprised?

    • Francois Tremblay March 15, 2015 at 01:05 Reply

      Because you are a wise womyn, IR. A wise womyn indeed.

      Because you don’t expect genderists to bash other genderists as often as they bash anti-genderists. :)

  2. comprimarius March 15, 2015 at 05:59 Reply

    You make an important point as always. It is similar to child rapists calling themselves “pedophiles” not “pedophobes” or “pederasts”.

    On a related issue, I find the use of terms like, “Presstitute”, “Media whores” and “Corporate whores” particularly offensive as well. I’ve only heard and read men using these terms – often blokes who claim some radical credentials – which shows how unevolved and misogynistic they and the culture they inhabit really are.

    This anti-female language is of course hardly new, but I’ve seen a recent growth in such terms as the English-speaking media has been increasingly penetrated by the handful of US communication giants. Also, to say something “sucks” – virtually unused in Britain until fairly recently – also seems to be a part of this American diction. (Puns intended) I’ve noticed women are increasingly saying this and wonder at the level of their awareness.

    Even Christian socialist Chris Hedges ( falls into the same trap by using the title “The Whoredom of the Left” to attack European self-styled leftist parties for not banning sex for cash.
    Hedges makes important points however regarding the growing violence and hated of females that drives the most recent US-produced porn. It’s clear from his article that actual “sex” is not what’s being portrayed here (like in vintage porn perhaps) but domination and sadism.

    To my mind, this is the perfect metaphor for US domestic and foreign policy. Coincidence?

    • Francois Tremblay March 15, 2015 at 13:16 Reply

      “To my mind, this is the perfect metaphor for US domestic and foreign policy. Coincidence?”

      Nope. Ultimately it’s all hierarchy, just expressed against different people.

  3. sloebote March 15, 2015 at 22:50 Reply

    It becomes increasingly difficult to formulate and discuss issues as the grasp of the basics of a shared grammar and vocabulary evaporate. One example might be the loss of the word *might*. Another is the misuse of *phobia*, which gets as tiresome as the appending of *gate* as a suffix to any scandal. *Mis* means hatred, as in *misanthropy*, or *misogyny*. *Phobia* means fear, as in *agoraphobia*. If you don’t understand classical languages, please use plain English words and expressions, and if that is beyond your ken, American, I guess. But really, wouldn’t *whorehater!* work? Sheesh!
    [rant off]

  4. Miep March 16, 2015 at 16:22 Reply

    Yes, prostituted women are much less likely to criticize prostitution than exited women, because its ongoing misery requires dissociation for survival. They are expected to act like they like it. That is what men pay them for. To lift the veil from this is threatening. But it is not their fault that they are trapped.

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