There are few things stupider than a pro-prostitution Marxist.

Jonah Mix, who always writes great articles on feminist topics, points out the mind-boggling stupidity of so-called communists who advocate for prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation of women.

The misogyny in a claim like theirs is almost hard to fathom. To claim that prostitution of any kind is seizing the means of production would imply that a woman’s hands, mouth, and genitals are themselves means of production capable of being seized. Strip away the communist-speak, and that boils down to a simple set of claims: The female body is a machine for producing sex. Men engage that machine by placing money or resources into it. The sex that results is a product to be consumed. Tell me, what is the difference between this supposedly progressive, radical Marxist vision and any other cut-rate men’s rights activist? The view of any human being as a means of production is fundamentally anti-communist. If anything, it’s the pure distillation of a capitalist logic that seeks to treat humans as resources. The fact that so-called Marxists are aligning with conservative anti-feminists in viewing sex as a resource produced by female bodies for male consumption speaks to the dismal state of a truly revolutionary socialism.

Practically, these so-called communists (they’re really sexual capitalists) are always shy about exactly how prostitution would function in a communist society. And they should be, because any honest answer is horrifying. Some quick background: Socialist nations have centrally planned economies structured to address the needs of the people. While the idea of jobs being handed out mechanically by a shadowy bureau without care for interest or passion is a myth, all countries following Marxist-Leninist structure did control the structure and function of the job market. Schools were often designed to sort students early based on their differing skills, and quotas for engineering students, doctors, carpenters, architects, and others were set at the national level by planning committees. There’s nothing wrong with this, of course – but what does that mean for the existence of prostitution in these societies?

Do pro-prostitution Marxists support a planning committee deciding the number of “sex workers” alongside the number of agricultural workers or construction workers? How would the state gauge exactly how many women need to be available for workers to fuck? Would schools begin tracking female children into prostitution as a career early on if they showed no aptitude for other occupations? If there was a shortage of women in prostitution, could the state reassign others to fill the vacancies? Could women refuse to fuck men and still maintain their status and security inside the worker’s republic? These aren’t “gotcha” questions. They’re not what-ifs. They’re the nuts and bolts of what pro-prostitution communists are arguing for. And if you can’t answer these simple questions without sounding like the manager of an elaborate sex-trafficking organization, ask yourself why.

9 thoughts on “There are few things stupider than a pro-prostitution Marxist.

  1. Independent Radical August 28, 2016 at 01:20 Reply

    These implications apply within a capitalist society as well if you assume that “sex work is work”. If “sex work is work” then there should be TAFE course on it and high schools should be teaching the basics of it (like how cooking and ceramics are taught in high school). If “sex work is work”, women would be compelled to accept that kind of “work” if they wanted to receive their welfare payments. A woman who failed at other careers and refused to become prostitute would be accused of being a “leech” or a “welfare bludger”. If “sex work is work”, five year old girls who say they want to be prostitutes when they grow up should be praised for their career choice and given advice on how to pursue such a job. It’s sickening really.

    • Francois Tremblay August 28, 2016 at 01:35 Reply

      “If “sex work is work” then there should be TAFE course on it and high schools should be teaching the basics of it (like how cooking and ceramics are taught in high school). ”

      Leg exercises…
      Basic negotiation skills and money management…
      How to dissociate…

      “If “sex work is work”, women would be compelled to accept that kind of “work” if they wanted to receive their welfare payments.”

      That’s already happening in Germany…

      ” If “sex work is work”, five year old girls who say they want to be prostitutes when they grow up should be praised for their career choice and given advice on how to pursue such a job.”

      I can imagine the tweets. “I’m really open-minded about that stuff but… #NotMyDaughter”

  2. Independent Radical August 28, 2016 at 02:23 Reply

    “That’s already happening in Germany…”

    I’m glad I don’t live there then, though it makes me wish no woman lived there.

    • Francois Tremblay August 28, 2016 at 02:25 Reply

      That’s not nice, there’s plenty of great stuff in Germany. Like um…

      Well, I can’t think of any just now.

      I guess they have a lot of mountains?

      • Independent Radical August 28, 2016 at 02:53 Reply

        Germany has great schnitzel! So I’ve heard, I’ve only been to Austria. Doesn’t make up for being forced into prostitution if you can’t find a job though.

        • Francois Tremblay August 28, 2016 at 03:04 Reply

          They should make up other objectifying jobs that people would have to do before getting welfare. Like becoming store mannequins, or Robin Thicke’s personal assistant.

          • sellmaeth August 28, 2016 at 04:48 Reply

            It is not all that bad. One woman whom they wanted to force to work in a brothel sued, and I think she got out of it. (Not that we know how many women are already being forced into prostitution because they don’t dare to object. Or how many prostitute themselves because getting welfare is such a hassle.) Because there are still some laws against that sort of thing, so prostitution is not treated like work.

            I mean, it isn’t treated like work, anyway. Just think the workplace safety laws that exist for every other job (Germany is very particular about rules and stuff). Contact with infectious bodily fluids? I don’t think that’s legal for a normal job. Like, I am sure nurses have to wear gloves and stuff. If prostitutes were required to use condoms, I am rather sure some men would already be less interested. Add to that gloves and other safety equipment (being murdered is a frequent workplace risk for prostituted women, so what about a neckguard that prevents strangling? Perhaps a chainmail shirt?), and the prostitution as we know it today would go underground, and the legal prostitution would die out from lack of customers – so effectively the same as banning prostitution.

            Prosititution is only legal in Germany because it is NOT a job like any other. A job where men are subjected to the health and safety risks that prostituted women are subjected to, would be illegal, I am pretty sure.

        • bacopa September 8, 2016 at 18:30 Reply

          Neither Germany nor Austria has good schnitzel. The real schnitzel, the steak that was almost inedible without pounding, battering, and frying was to Texas by Germans and spread through the South.

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