This is an email exchange between me and Kate Smurthwaite, a darling of the ‘feminist movement, http://cruellablog.blogspot.com/ who refused to publish a comment I wrote on her blogpost about sebastian horsley’s funeral, where she led a one woman protest saying ‘what about the victims of prostitution’? at a man’s FUNERAL. (My comments in italics)
Elly – your comments are full of logical fallacies and stuff that is just creepy and untrue and which I am unwilling to publish without responding to. But I am too busy to have the debate right now. That’s why I moderate my blog – so I can have the debate when I have time, and not when I don’t. My blog is there for my opinions. If you want to have the “open” debate – start your own blog or go to some place where they have an “open” debate policy. I have clearly stated my moderating policy on my blog several times. Just go ahead and read it and you’ll see why I don’t publish every comment. Frankly feminism has had the debate on prostitution and it’s really clear what line of attack is best for women worldwide. We don’t need to re-open that debate any more than we should re-open the “should women be allowed to vote?” debate. The right answer is obvious, most mainstream feminist groups (LFN, UK Feminista, Fawcett, FiL, Object, etc) recognise this and have plenty of reading materials on the subject available. Education is not my job.
thanks for your email. I do have a blog and I will publish your comment on it,
I believe in free speech and the only reason I think people should disallow comments is if they are personal attacks or hate-filled attacks on a particular individual or group.
I don’t think either of us are going to educate the other as we already have our views and perspectives.
But thanks for the patronising suggestion that I need educating in your way of thinking!
But if it’s my blog then surely publishing the comments I want to and not those I don’t have time to address IS me exercising my free speech. And based on your comments I can only assume that you have a poor understanding of what the sex industry really does to women and how it’s promotion and normalisation is destroying women’s lives. If you don’t understand this, you should certainly consider looking at materials published by the organisations I mention. For instance this speech from FiL last year: http://www.fil.btik.com/p_rebecca.ikml
Mate, I have already set up wwww.objectwatch.wordpress.com where I keep a close eye on those organisations.
This is not a crusade. It is a difference of perspective.
ok so you’re an anti-feminist. well i might have guessed as much. now go away. my blog is a feminist blog. of course you don’t like it – this is because you’re not a feminist. i guess racists don’t like nelson mandela’s blog. this is life. move on.
Thanks for your illuminating emails. I am moving on very fast. Bye.