You are to be admired for your chutzpah! No, I will not talk to you on the record. I don’ t mind so much your hate mongering re the trans issue, but I am greatly offended by the piece you sent to National Newspaper re my ‘unethical and unreliable’ research (she’s talking about this one). The lies and distortions you both repeated and reinforced are nothing short of irresponsible and nasty. Prostituted women are the ones to lose out if you lot are ever listened to.
If I see you on the demo, and are able to get to you to say hello without being lynched, I will of course talk to you. But do not expect anything else after the duplicitous way you have behaved.
That’s one of the issues I wanted to talk to you about. I’m aware that we have very different stances on the prostitutes’ rights issue. I respect that you disagree with my views, but I don’t understand how ‘irresponsible’ and ‘duplicitous’ is a fair description of an article based on several discussions with academics, sex workers and feminist activist groups up and down the country. I spent three days researching the article for a major newspaper, and would not have done so if I thought I were spreading lies. My intentions on that score were not to attack you personally but to question a piece of research from a government-funded body that seems to have led directly to government policy – I’m sure you see the necessity for ethical journalism on that score.
If there are distortions in the academics’ response to the Poppy Project report, I’d be delighted to hear them. I’ve also been invited by the Project to go down and see for myself; I’m going to do so next week, with an open mind.
What worries me is your blase use of ‘you lot’. The feminist movement desperately needs to move beyond this partisan politics; I’m the first to admit that we need to stop attacking each other and attack patriarchy instead. That’s why I’m so keen that we talk to each other and see what we can share.
If you like, I don’t mind doing it the other way round – I.e, I could talk to *you* on the record and you could write a report of it for, I don’t know, wherever you want to, really.
We come from near-opposite sides of the feminist spectrum; we are from different generations and have different experiences of what sexism means, what sexuality means and what it means to be a woman in 21st-century Britain. But I think that’s even more reason for us to talk.
By the way – I’ve posted a transcript of my original letter to you on my blog, (http://pennyred.blogspot.com) although if you object I won’t post your reply, merely a precis of it. Just so we’re clear!
In real sisterhood,
ETA for blog: [I did monger a small amount of hate in the past. I did monger it, I admit to that mongering. I am now a year past 21 and willing to, you know, get to the issues. Are the leading lights of the radfem movement, more than twice my age, willing to do the same?]
PR, yes there were lies in the piece by the academics, and willfully misleading statements. You will hear about this when you visit POPPY. I will see you there.
I also hope to achieve a ‘real’ sisterhood.
All best, Julie
So! Result, sort of. I’ll be reporting back from the demo tonight; hope to see some of you there.