UN puts teen prostitution advocate in one of their top ‘health and human rights’ positions

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The United Nations recently made a new appointment for their Expert on Health and Human Rights.  This person, Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, is known for her beliefs that prostitution should be legalized.

Mofokeng, a South African Doctor, who was the Sexual Health and Rights advocate to now a top position as the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health.  Mofokeng is known for controversial beliefs, specifically when it comes to prostitution.  C-Fam reported:

“Mofokeng’s reports advancing sexual rights, including the legalizing of prostitution, will likely be cited as authoritative interpretations of human rights law by UN agencies and like-minded Member States.” 

 The issue with her views became widespread when she published an article in Teen Vogue in which spoke of prostitution as if it were okay.  In the article, she said:

“I believe sex work and sex worker rights are women’s rights, health rights, labor rights, and the litmus test for intersectional feminism. 

The idea of purchasing intimacy and paying for the services can be affirming for many people who need human connection, friendship, and emotional support. 

Some people may have fantasies and kink preferences that they are able to fulfill with the services of a sex worker.”

She also said:

“I am a doctor, an expert in sexual health, but when you think about it, aren’t I a sex worker?  And in some ways, aren’t we all?”

Mofokeng worked hard at normalizing prostitution as a normal profession.  She said:

“Not all sex workers engage in penetrative sex, though, undeniably, that is a big part of sex work.  Sex-worker services between consenting adults may include companionship, intimacy, nonsexual role playing, dancing, escorting and stripping.

“These roles are often pre-determined, and all parties should be comfortable with them.  Many workers take on multiple roles with their clients, and some may get more physical while other interactions that may have started off as sexual could evolve into emotional and psychological bonding.

“The idea of purchasing intimacy and paying for the services can be affirming for many people who need human connection, friendship, and emotional support.  Some people may have fantasies and kink preference that they are able to fulfill with the services of a sex worker.”

Those who oppose human trafficking are also opposed to Mofokeng’s views.  According to C-Fam, Deidre Pujols, the Founder of Open gate International and Co-Found of Strike Out Slavery said:

“The idea that legalizing or decriminalizing commercial sex would reduce its harms is a persistent myth.  Many claim if the sex trade were legal, regulated, and treated like any other profession, it would be safer. 

“But research suggests otherwise.  Countries that have legalized or decriminalized commercial sex often experience a surge in human trafficking, pimping, and other related crimes.”

Haley McNamara, the Vice President for the UK based Centre on Sexual Exploitation, said:

“Sex buyers do not view the women they purchase as individuals worthy of respect, but instead as subhuman objects to use. 

McNamara uses a United States study as proof to her theory.  The study claims that 75% of women who are engaged in acts of prostitution reported that they had been raped by their customers.

Helen Taylor, the Director of Intervention for Exodus Cry, says:

“The law that Dr. Mofokeng advocates for fully decriminalizes all aspects of the sex-trade, including brothel-keepers and pimps (aka traffickers).  The United Nations ought to be the last place to advocate for human-traffickers and the buyers who fuel demand to be legalized.” 

Jewell Baraka, a sexual exploitation survivor and worker with Exodus Cry, says:

“The brutality of prostitution is inherent and systemic.  Violence of sex buyers is not eradicated by a choice and those that do choose I completely of their own volition are rare.  Most survivors do not tell a story of choice, but of force, fraud, and coercion that landed them in prostitution and kept them from leaving.”

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The United Nations now claims that the virus is proof of the patriarchy and a ‘male-dominated culture’ (op-ed)

Here’s a statement to ponder on that’ll likely make your brain hurt when trying to rationalize the connection: COVID-19 proves that the patriarchy is real and harms everyone.

Now if you cannot reasonably fathom how either or has anything to do with each other, then congratulations – like Michael Jackson’s 1995 hit song, you are not alone.

Yet this bizarre sentiment was shared by the United Nations’ Twitter account.

The strange tweet coming from the U.N. stated the following:

“The [COVID-19] pandemic is demonstrating what we all know: millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone – women, men, girls & boys.”

This utter nonsense coming from the U.N. honestly makes zero sense, but the tweet coming from the U.N.’s official Twitter account showcased a quote made by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who was present and speaking during a Town Hall with the Young Women from Civil Society Organizations on August 31st.

So, we’ll examine just what this patriarchy being exposed has anything to do with the pandemic.

Buckle up buttercups, because you’re going to need some chemo after being exposed to these cancerous examples.

Guterres started by saying the following:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has in the past six months turned our world upside down. Beyond the virus itself, the response has had a disproportionate and devastating social and economic impact on women and girls.”

I’m pretty certain that the pandemic has had an impact across the board that has been equally felt by both men and women. But let’s hear this fella out and see if there’s any bacon in this baked potato.

The Secretary-General continued with the following:

“Since the start [of the pandemic], women have been on the frontlines of the response, as healthcare workers, teachers, essential staff and as carers in their families and communities. Between 70 and 90 percent of healthcare workers are women, but their salaries and conditions often fail to reflect the lifesaving roles they occupy.”

Well, men are also teachers and hospital workers.

And that’s also a cute little trick by saying “healthcare workers” are mostly women. Indeed, that’s a fairly accurate stat when you take into account all the women you’ve seen dancing on Tik Tok videos while holding the “frontlines.”

But what that fails to mention is that 66% of doctors are male in all specialties. And when you even break that down to immunology doctors it’s 63% male and infectious diseases doctors is 60% male.

It’s fairly certain that those are some rather important frontlines folks (which a doctor is of course going to make more than a CNA or phlebotomist). 

Also, let’s not forget that 51% of COVID-19 cases are men and that 58% of COVID-19 deaths are men. But sure…the patriarchy.

If you think Guterres’ patriarchy speech ended there, you’d be wrong. He brought forth some more absurd examples of the patriarchy being proven by the pandemic:

“Personal Protective Equipment is often made to fit a standard man, which means women care workers may be at greater risk of infection, and fewer than 30 percent of decision-making roles in the health sector are occupied by women.”

What exactly is Guterres talking about? Face masks, rubber suits, gloves?

Masks like N95s carry a molding used to conform around the nose, mouth and cheeks – which are form fitted to to the person’s face, regardless of their gender. And run of the mill surgical masks are literally rectangular face coverings with crimping that hosts a bendable wire on the upper portion to conform to the bridge of one’s nose.

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Not to mention, things like gloves come in a variety of sizes that work for both men and women and rubber suits and aprons have various sizes as well.

Also, this “30 percent of decision-making roles” doesn’t illustrate anything about COVID showcasing evidence of the patriarchy. That’s literally just someone complaining about women not vying for careers in the medical field that pertain to being a decision maker.

Guterres then points out that women who were “employed informally” have been thrown into a crisis.

I don’t even know what he exactly means by that statement, but I’m going to guess he’s referring to the “informal economy.”  Think of folks running little Etsy operations from home selling mock paintings of your cat wearing a Victorian era outfit.

It’s not the fault of some male-dominated society that no one is spending money on cat portraits or book art sculptures. Folks are pinching pennies on a majority of things and people making silly amenities that aren’t necessary are taking a hit across the board – whether crafted by male or female hands.

Then Guterres points to the likes of “unpaid care work” as being proof of COVID and the patriarchy, saying the following:

“The pandemic has exposed the crisis in unpaid care work, which has increased exponentially as a result of school closures and the needs of older people and falls disproportionately on women. Before the start of the pandemic it was clear that care work – unpaid in the home and underpaid in the formal economy – has long been a contributing factor to gender inequality.”

So, care work that is compensated is the same across the board in various specialized areas – whether it is a man doing the job or a woman. As for the “unpaid care work” – that’s in reference to taking care of either kids or older adults in your household.

Newsflash: that has never been compensated.

When people have children, they’ve made a conscious decision to render some degree of sacrifice to take care of them. Typically, that sacrifice costs time and money.

Now while there’s an increased presence of children staying home because of virtual learning, therein lies the possibility that whomever is either inadvertently laid off or makes the least amount of money is going to stay home with the kids if the children are at an age where they cannot be left alone while attending a school that is using virtual sessions.

And assuming that it happens to be the man of the house that has to continue working while mom stays home with the kids or takes care of grandpa – wouldn’t it be reasonable to think that there’s an immense amount of stress that comes with being the sole bread winner?

Especially when there was a previous two-income household?

This correlation is perhaps the most ludicrous comparison made while invoking the pandemic.

The pandemic is adversely affecting everyone and isn’t something that is making life harder for one gender more than the other.

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