As a new day dawns over the Twisty Bungalow, I ingest this cheery report* on an apparent upswing in the ratio of sex slaves to non-sex slaves within the Alameda County, California population of teenage girls.
Yup, the sheriff’s department Sexual Offenders Tracking Unit, as part of the dominant culture’s ongoing effort to buttress one of its all-time fave cultural narratives (Virgin vs. Whore), has been “putting the heat on prostitutes.” While discharging these patriarchal ass-kissing duties, they’ve noticed that, although the “trend” is “nothing new,” they feel like they’re arresting more teenage girls than ever before.
Whether or not this anecdotal evidence is indicative of an actual teen prostitute riot (the Sexual Offenders Tracking Unit to which I allude above is basing its theory of this “sudden trend” on their having arrested four girls in the last couple of weeks) is only marginally of interest. Two aspects of this “news” item that particularly chap the Twisty hide are (a) the dogged persistence with which proponents of the status quo engage in the wholly asinine activity of jamming up hookers of any age, and (b) the collaborateurism of news media in reporting these bogus teen hooker roundups.
Why is arresting prostitutes asinine? Any moron can tell you that the sex industry exists to service pervy porn-sick male violence. That same moron, if he is not a complete tool, can also tell you that arresting prostitutes doesn’t do jack to mitigate that pervy porn-sick violence. All it does is perpetuate the myth that slutty fallen women are to blame for male sexual aggression**. The community can look itself in the mirror if it believes that its henchmen are tough on crimes that threaten ‘family values’ while blissfully ignoring the fact that the johns who buy sex are their own menfolk.
Why is the concomitant reportage asinine? It almost universally misrepresents girls and women, rather than pimps and johns, as the ‘problem’, and it does so with titillating details about “sudden trends” and “thirteen-year-olds having sex!” In the Tri-Valley Herald piece, for example, we learn all about the teen sex slaves (“Most are runaways who are being taken advantage of by older men”; “The pimps convince the girls that they love them”; “The young girls are physically and sexually assaulted by the men before being forced into prostitution”; “These guys just prey on young girls.”), but not until the last two sentences is there even a half-assed mention of the pimps (“detectives do what they can to have the men prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”), and no word whatsoever on the slimebags who pay to rape these girls.
The Alameda County sheriff’s department, therefore, shows remarkable forbearance when it dares to wonder whether justice is really served by “tossing” these exploited 13-year-olds into juvy when they could maybe get them into support programs instead. That the Tri-Valley Herald reporter calls this a “delicate dilemma,” when in fact it merely describes a systemic reluctance to extend basic human rights to teenage girls, just shows to go ya.
*The Tri-Valley Herald places punctuation low on its list of journalistic priorities — just a heads-up for those who haven’t had coffee yet.
** Before protesting that not all men who use prostitutes are aggressive, please recall that prostitution represents the pinnacle of human civilization’s endemic misogyny, and that any act involving the exercise of dominance by a member of a privileged class over a member of an oppressed class qualifies as aggression.