Ah Christmas is in the air at grandmas house :)
The first 100 days of Mei Lun and Mei Huan.
One hundred days of “Cub A” and “Cub B” are over, and the twin giant panda cubs have officially been named Mei Lun and Mei Huan.
Born July 15, 2013, Mei Lun and Mei Huan are the first surviving pair of giant panda twins ever born in the U.S. and are the fourth and fifth offspring of Lun Lun and Yang Yang.
I’m going to keep harping on the constant “pimp/prostitute” language because it’s so bad. I’m fine with her criticism of so-called industry “pimps”, but can’t we talk about these issues without resorting to using tired sex trade metaphors to (not really) explain what’s problematic about the dynamics? Does Sinéad really see sex workers as these ultimately debased victims (who may have victimized themselves) with no moral or bodily integrity? Stop using sex workers as a metaphor for that.
There are real world consequences. The ways sex workers generally appear in media are either as offensive, two dimensional caricatures or not even as people at all, but metaphors meant to illustrate how bad some other problem is. Sinéad is contributing to a culture that undermines the humanity of sex workers and increases stigma, encourages criminalization and violence. These aren’t abstract, metaphorical issues to any of us who have done sex work or loved sex workers, and every time I read another contemptuous “prostitute” I felt like I was getting slapped in the face, until I just numbed out.
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