A Conner Habib Twitter Thread
1 We can’t see sex clearly in our culture. That means not only will our culture of harassment be damaging, but also our responses to it.
2 Punitive measures that empower that state and/or deepen sex-stigma make matters worse.
3 We must see perpetrators of harassment as disgusting in actions. But we ALL live in a sex negative culture. What are the implications?
4 How can we formulate responses to unhealthy & damaging actions when our BASELINE — & this is for almost ALL of us — is unhealthy & damaged?
5 The way misogynists/alt-right/bros deal with this? Blame the victims of the harassment. “They’re just fucked up about sex.”
6 Instead we need to support victims AND see how the currents of sexual repression/negativity are still affecting us even as we do so.
7 What are the BEST ways to support victims? How might certain types of support co-create a culture where more sexual harassment occurs?
8 Not easy questions to answer. But we must remember: being better than harassers doesn’t mean our actions are right, just not as monstrous.
Check out Conner Habib’s video show Against Everyone. Habib is an author, a lecturer, a porn performer, and a sex workers’ rights advocate. He’s Vice President of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee and a member of PEN America.