Category: The Clandestine
I’ve learnt a lot from my abortion. I’ve learnt that I’m not an awful person; I’m just a person who had to make a decision. I hope that by talking about it and reiterating that it’s not something to be ashamed of – and yes, it’s not something to be ashamed of even if you feel like the world’s worst ever person – another woman feels a little bit better about exercising her right to choose.
Can a working-class graduate learn to be ‘polished’, and more to the point, should they? Should they be forced to conform to social codes that are rooted in old-school ‘toffishness’ (as Boris Johnson calls it) if they wish to succeed, and should ideas of meritocracy be based upon working-class people going through a metamorphosis into, well… somebody else?
‘Their voices are missing, and this persistent erasure or negative representation reflects […] a cultural and political violence towards these women’
Despite the many disagreements in opinion, moralising will not get rid of the demand for sex, but rather endangers and isolates sex workers further. ‘Equality’ will only exist when all women are afforded the same basic rights, and those who are now ostracised are put at the forefront of the conversation. The commodification of the sex worker by the feminist is not a new phenomenon, and women such as Sophie Walker must recognise that they, themselves, are at risk of becoming the real perpetrators of female oppression.
‘I asked her what she wanted to photograph, and she said, ‘I want to take pictures of policemen kicking children,’ and I said ‘You’re in.’ It was the shortest interview I had ever done’