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Connecting some dots between gender and child sex trafficking
May 31, 2022
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The main purpose of this post is to draw some connections between the normalization of “gender identity,” especially in schools, and the legitimization of so-called “sex work” (i.e., prostitution, i.e., human sex trafficking), including that of children.
It is being reported that a Loudoun County, Virginia, middle school has stocked a book called Seeing Gender in its library. One chapter of the book is called “‘Sex work’ is not a bad term.” The chapter begins:
Sex work is one of the oldest jobs in history, if not the oldest. Transactional sex in one form or another has been practiced since ancient times. Over time, sex work has shifted from something common and even celebrated to something highly stigmatized.
One important thing to note is that sex work is work. It’s a job like being a store clerk, an architect, or a freelance writer. We all, unfortunately, have to do work to make a living. Some of us hate our jobs and some of us love them - the same goes for those who do sex work. Sadly, sex work is generally misunderstood, judged, and criminalized, and and it’s often dangerous for those who do it regardless of whether it’s out of enjoyment, necessity, or both.
It goes on to draw a distinction between “sex work” and sex trafficking - a distinction with which I disagree. I don’t want to get into that too much here because that’s not the point of this post, but generally speaking, feminists support the Nordic Model or the Equality Model, both of which emphasize providing decriminalization and support services for victims and criminalization for perpetrators of prostitution.
In short, this book on gender is promoting the idea that prostitution is work like any other, and the book is being made available to middle school children.
At the top of the chapter is a quote from something called Meaningful Work: Transgender Experiences in the Sex Trade from 2015. That particular piece (downloadable here) has several authors, one of whom is Cherno Biko. Biko, a man who claims to be a woman, once posted an open rape confession on Medium. According to the website Women Are Human, on March 26, 2016, “driven by [an] admitted sense of entitlement to the use of a woman’s body for sexual and breeding purposes and perpetuation of his genderist and racialized ideals, Mr Biko forced his will upon a black woman, holding her down and raping her with the intent of impregnating her.”
The Meaningful Work quote that appears in the Seeing Gender chapter on “sex work” is this:
“Sex work” is a broad term used to describe exchanges of sex or sexual activity. Sex work is also used as a non-stigmatizing term for “prostitution,” but in this report we use the term in its broader meaning. Using the term “sex work” reinforces the idea that sex work is work and allows for greater discussion of labor rights and conditions. Not every person in the sex trade defines themselves as a sex worker or their sexual exchange as work. Some may not regard what they do as labor at all, but simply a means to get what they need. Others may be operating within legal working conditions, such as pornography or exotic dancing, and wish to avoid the negative associations with illegal or informal forms of sex work. In addition to the exchange of money for sexual services, a person may exchange sex or sexual activity, or things they need or want, such as food, housing, hormones, drugs, gifts, or other resources. “Survival sex” is a term used by many non-profit organizations and researchers to describe trading of sex for survival needs.
This all appears in a book that is being stocked in a middle school library. Who even knows how many middle schools are stocking this book in their libraries?
A concerned parent complained about the book on Twitter, prompting a teacher at the school to take action. The teacher reached out to the library to express concern. One of the school’s librarians, Stefany Guido, allegedly responded by saying that “a pro-prostitution book belong[s] in the school's library because many of the students in the school are sex workers.”
The teacher then reported the matter to the police, stating:
[Guido] started talking about how there’s kids who come to the library who do sex work, and this makes them feel validated. … As a teacher, if you get an individual student coming to you because [they're] abused, you have to go the police immediately.
If Guido is right that there are middle school students who visit the library who are engaged in “sex work,” that means that these children are being sex-trafficked and Guido, a middle school librarian, thinks that it is perfectly fine to promote prostitution to these children, notwithstanding her mandatory reporting obligation.
I really hope that the local police do their job and investigate the matter properly. But this isn’t the first time that Loudoun County has gotten in trouble. In October 2021, it was revealed that the school district had adopted a policy of allowing students to use the bathroom that aligns with their supposed “gender identity,” knowing that a boy had sexually assaulted a girl in the girls’ bathroom and that he had been in the girls’ bathroom on the basis that he was “gender fluid.”
A key piece of the quote from “Meaningful Work” above is this:
In addition to the exchange of money for sexual services, a person may exchange sex or sexual activity, for things they need or want, such as food, housing, hormones, drugs, gifts, or other resources.
Whatever one thinks of the idea that promoting prostitution to middle school children is acceptable (I happen to think that it’s appalling, as do most people, probably), one has to wonder what the word “hormones” is doing in that sentence. Why would a person, of any age, prostitute oneself for hormones?
The answer, of course, is gender.
The description of the book Seeing Gender (the one being stocked in the middle school library, which the librarian defended) on Amazon is:
Seeing Gender is an of-the-moment investigation into how we express and understand the complexities of gender today. Deeply researched and fully illustrated, this book demystifies an intensely personal—yet universal—facet of humanity. Illustrating a different concept on each spread, queer author and artist Iris Gottlieb touches on history, science, sociology, and her own experience. This book is an essential tool for understanding and contributing to a necessary cultural conversation, bringing clarity and reassurance to the sometimes confusing process of navigating ones' identity. Whether LGBTQ+, cisgender, or nonbinary, Seeing Gender is a must-read for intelligent, curious, want-to-be woke people who care about how we see and talk about gender and sexuality in the 21st century.
What Seeing Gender is saying by quoting the above passage from Meaningful Work is that prostituting oneself for synthetic hormones, in order to masquerade as the opposite sex, is a perfectly legitimate thing to do.
The teacher who sounded the alarm about Seeing Gender flagged this for the police. The teacher told police that she had told Guido “This is like a textbook for how to do this, including selling your body for hormone replacement therapy,” and that Guido responded “There’s no pornography in it so it doesn’t matter.”
It is relatively easy to buy synthetic opposite sex hormones on the internet. A quick Google search for “transgender hormones” shows these hits:
There are many more sources. The Gender Mapping Project tracks these things on its website and has revealed that there are hundreds of “gender clinics” all over the U.S., many of which provide synthetic hormones to children. But these “gender clinics” aren’t even hiding. The Human Rights Campaign (which started out as a gay rights organization and is now exclusively devoted to pushing the idea it is possible to change sex) advertises its “Interactive Map: Clinical Care Programs for Gender-Expansive Children and Adolescents” right on its website.
Synthetic hormones cost money - something that children often lack on their own. So if you want to promote the mass sterilization and mutilation of children (which the “gender identity” industry does), it makes sense to encourage children to prostitute themselves to get them.
That “trans” is a social contagion among young people has been widely studied and documented. You can find examples here and here and here. Abigail Shrier wrote about it in her 2020 book Irreversible Damage. As any parent knows, children and teenagers are claiming to “be transgender” in record numbers today. This should come as no surprise; evolutionary biologist Colin Wright has written about the indoctrination of children with “gender identity” ideology here.
The movement to abolish sex at the altar of “gender identity,” which I write about in my book The Abolition of Sex and which the 11th Hour blog writes about extensively, is not a movement to protect the civil rights of a small minority of marginalized people. It is a vicious industry that will do anything to advance its goal of profiting off of the mass mutilation and sterilization of healthy bodies, including those of children. Most mainstream media outlets will not talk about any of this. When they do, they typically portray critics as “right wing.” That is simply not true. Most of us who are doing our best to push back on this industry are left-leaning feminists, gay rights activists, and scientists.
Gender is nothing other than sex stereotypes. “Trans” is nothing other than an identification with sex stereotypes, sometimes self-declared and sometimes medicalized. And now it appears to be promoting child sex trafficking. We should all be disgusted, but not surprised. Connections between “gender identity” and prostitution have been well documented.
Who benefits from all of this? Pharma, the medical establishment, a handful of wealthy white men, and now, pimps.
Seeing gender, indeed.