I went to see a documentary about the radical environmentalist Judi Bari Wednesday night. It was mostly focused around her legal case (which she won after her death). But what fascinated me about it was the way she connected people.
I’ve been digging a lot lately into analyzing the sex industry and what I’ve found is disturbing of course, but I think there’s a lot of similarities between analyzing this and many other industries which are harmful. It comes down to how we look at human beings essentially.
Judi Bari was able to get so much done because she herself was a unionist, a carpenter as well as an environmentalist with the Earth First! organization. She could speak and connect the people who work as loggers to environmentalists when they were previously seen as being on the opposite side of an equation.
It comes down to what the vlogger rubbleofempires taught me years ago in his prostitution & feminism series. Whats best for loggers?
When people uncritically analyze industries they think of it sometimes in terms of how more business, more legality and more acceptance of the practice will be good for the workers because they will make more money and get more work basically.
This especially applies to the “stigma” that sex workers on youtube talk about quite a bit.
But what this perception ignores is the fact that a person is always first and foremost a human being. The jobs we do are not who we are. So whats best for loggers is of course, to have access to many trees to cut down, but whats best for HUMAN BEINGS is to live in a healthy, sustainable environment.
As the same problem exists with prostitution. Yes, having access to many johns is great for prostitutes to make the money they need to make, but whats best for human beings is to not have sex with strangers on a daily basis for money.
That is the main problem with how capitalism perverts our mindsets. We begin to view ourselves as merely what we do, instead of remembering who we are. What we are.
We are fragile, we are not invincible and of course, the way our labor system is run shows that we are in fact not machines. We cannot warp ourselves to truly fit with how we do business.