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THE WHORE AS LIBERTY

Do not be ignorant of me.

For I am the first and the last.

I am the honoured one and the scorned one.

I am the whore and the holy one.

This is the third part of my look at sex work and the politics of sex work activism and our role with in our societies. It is an appraisal of the Goddess as liberty and the sex worker as revolutionary……Perhaps sex workers have not truly realised their power or potential which is to instigate not just positive change for ourselves but for our society. It is not just a moral reticence about sex that leads some in society to scorn us but more importantly the fear that whores both male and female exemplify personal liberty in thought and deed which threatens the authority of those who fear what that concept of liberty may mean to their power. There is also an ancient fear of uncontrolled sexuality because it represents a sacramental power that subverts orthodoxy found in mainstream monotheism. In ancient times the whore offered in the name of the Goddess benedictions to be found within sexual joy which directly contrasts to the subjugation and mortification of the flesh in order to achieve salvation offered by orthodoxy. This communion with the sacred that is the heritage of the whore is truly dangerous and revolutionary even today when sexual joy is confused by some so called social radicals with objectification and abuse. As activists we perhaps fail to understand the power of sexual mysticism and the social consequences that awakening could have socially in the battle for not only the rights of sex workers but with in society. Rights are irrevocably linked with in our heritage with the Goddess who is liberty of the mind and the body and of the soul.

Innana, Ishtar kali, Isis, Demeter, Diana are just a few of the names of the Goddess. Whichever name we invoke or know her by she represents universal realities that transcend both time and culture. Perhaps the most enduring reality is the Goddess as a positive sexual reflection of our diverse sexual and human natures. The Goddess as sacred whore is part of our shared human heritage which has deliberately been ignored or hidden in an effort to shame all of us into obedience to a variety of orthodox and repressive political and religious ideologies.The denial of the sexually positive female epitomised by the Goddess as sacred whore was and still is a deliberate patriarchal policy. When a stigmatised group such as sex workers are denied knowledge of their once positive place within society they are also denied both a celebratory voice and any feeling of worth in a hostile society that stigmatises them as valueless.Sex workers however have both survived and prospered despite state and religious persecution and we owe a debt of gratitude to those who despite this persecution both in the past and now, speak proudly to demand rights, often in the most negative of environments and at great personal risk. As a pagan I recognise the voice of the Goddess in all sex workers who speak proudly in opposition to those who have a political, financial and alleged moral interest in distorting the experiences of sex workers for their own benefit.

Today the most intolerant voices encouraging state and societal discrimination toward sex workers comes from those who assume the term radical. These radicals both in religion, politics and the feminist movement have corrupted often positive political and social movements into negative and destructive distortions of what they should and could be. The term radical is now associated with reactionary and conservative intolerance. Radicalism now affirms an absolutism that denies the right of the individual and assumes suppression of freedom as an ideal for social inclusiveness and stability. Those who assume the title radical adopt a certainty that they are right and therefore are happy to employ the full force of the state in order to coerce all of us who disagree into fearful acceptance. As history has taught us such radicals employ social engineering through education or re education, criminalisation and state persecution as acceptable tools that suppress individual autonomy in thought and action. It is hardly surprising then that sex workers are especially targeted. What area of our experience as humans most exemplifies individual autonomy over that of politics and religion than sex? The person who represents sexual liberation especially for women and men who do not fulfil the prescribed roles of patriarchy is the prostitute who thumbs his or her nose at Tsar or Commissar equally. A rebel straddling history from palace to farm yard the whore truly represents the spirit of the Goddess as liberty. Sex work is liberty of thought and action uncensored by the false morality of so called radicals, especially radical feminists who pose as social revolutionaries but actually have assumed far too easily the moral intolerance of the patriarchy they claim to abhor yet bolster and reinvent.

The portrayal of sex workers by radical feminists and governments as villains or victims, abusers or abused along side the presently modish vilification of clients is both simplistic and dangerously lazy because it endangers sex workers lives and further alienates and stigmatises them with in their societies. Sex workers are now perhaps the last sector of society within western liberal democracies to be openly discriminated against. This abusive discrimination is based on fear of the whore. This fear is about more than the sexual independence that she or he represents. The real fear is fear of liberty of thought that accompanies sexual freedom. Discriminatory laws most certainly are not based on any concern for the safety of sex workers as they claim. We can recognise this even in the trafficking debate where genuine trafficking and economic migration are deliberately confused by radical feminists, moralists and lazy politicians in order to create moral panic.

In a global economy the whore is now perhaps the supreme empowerment of social and geographic mobility. Using his or her body the modern sex worker represents the ineffectiveness of borders to control the human desire for self assertion in the face of adversity. By legal or illegal means the sex worker is unrepentant in his or her determination to survive and prosper. It is hardly surprising that conservative states and so called radicals in politics and religion connive in attempts to control and subvert sex workers, forever refusing them the rights they deserve. Sex workers are dangerous to the established social order because they are difficult to control which is what radicals need to do in order to exert and maintain their power. For those of us unfortunate enough to have sat through or read the rhetoric of radical feminists such as Julie Bindel it is obvious that they fear the feminine authority and independence of the sex worker which is why they have to continually dismiss their voices and their labour and deliberately confuse their experiences with their moral and ideological confusion about the realities of sex and power and objectification. For such “radical” feminists the stubbornness of sex workers to refuse to be saved must exact an emotional toll. This perhaps is increasingly evident in both their name calling and sabre rattling toward sex workers who speak positively of their experiences and who for example have exposed the rhetoric of radical feminists as propaganda rather than being based on evidence. The exposure of the recent propaganda of exaggerated trafficking claims used to justify new oppressive legislation that radical feminists championed is an example of this.

Sex workers and their clients have become necessary scapegoats to justify radical feminist ideology, This can be observed by their reinvention of patriarchal orthodoxy epitomised by the idea of the saved woman and those yet to be saved. Sex workers deny that simplification of moral orthodoxy and exemplify the politics of sexual joy with out moral judgment. Sex workers are political with out effort or thought. By simply existing and by exasperating the controlling idealism of radical autocracy of both right and left sex workers are revolutionaries with only one cause, liberty which is the most feared idea of all. Sex workers are revolutionaries of the human soul and that is perhaps the true legacy of the Goddess and her true gift to mankind.

Every effort to control sexual expression will ultimately fail; history has repeatedly taught us this lesson. The whore is the living icon of that failure which is why radicals hate us but sadly for them it is also why we will ultimately win. We have a duty to our society to publicly celebrate our heritage in the face of adversity and by so doing reclaim the positive position we deserve with in society which once was epitomised by the Goddess as sacred whore. To celebrate the Goddess with in our heritage is also to rediscover the role of the sex worker as the icon of liberty and the ancient thorn in the side of those who not only oppress sex workers but all of humanity. Modern sex worker activists have a duty to reconnect with the public in our shared battle for liberty against those who would erode that liberty by corrupting our shared social and political aspirations.
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