A Letter Part 2: Enslaves and Trafficks Women

Pornography fuels the industry that enslaves and trafficks women.

I think you may be painting with a broad brush here. At risk of veering away from the topic at hand many women enter pornography, or prostitution, or various other compartments of the sex industry because it is lucrative, or they enjoy it, or both. They are neither enslaved nor trafficked, nor do they have any desire to be “rescued.” Porn actresses have gone on to become porn directors. There is a Ted Talk on creating “feminist pornography” that may interest you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9LaQtfpP_8&feature=youtu.be

That is of course not to say that women can’t contribute to the enslavement and trafficking of other women. But to advocate for the complete shut down of the sex industry (which is not something I saw you advocate for in your letter, so I’m just speaking generally) would be to say that you know what these woman should do with their bodies better than they do, which would be to deny them their own agency. Not to mention, in America, the first amendment covers the right to both produce and consume pornography http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/porn/prosecuting/overview.html

But the enslavement and sex trafficking of women unfortunately does happen, and I, like you, stand vehemently opposed to it. It is also a valid secular argument as to why one might want to make the personal decision to abstain from pornography, I’m just not sure where exactly you are grounding your morals on the issue, as it certainly does not come from the Bible.

The Bible, in fact paints a different picture entirely in regards to women, sex, and slavery. You only need to turn your Bible to Exodus 21 for slavery laws (for context Exodus 20 are the famous 10 Commandments), including the differences between Hebrew and non-Hebrew slaves (spoiler non-Hebrew slaves get treated worse) and how to sell your daughter into slavery.

The Hebrews are not even out of Egypt, escaping from their own slavery before they begin thinking about buying their own slaves. See Exodus 12:44

1 Peter 2:18 encourages slaves to submit to their masters, both the good masters as well as the cruel masters (as if there was such a thing as a morally good slave owner).

So I think you can understand my confusion as to why you would be opposed to slavery on any sort of biblical basis. The Ten Commandments does not condemn slavery (or rape). Jesus does not condemn slavery. By all accounts (sex) slavery, is a permissible, morally acceptable, lucrative business to be engaged in. So at worst modern day sex traffickers are guilty of, biblically speaking, is perhaps not owning slaves the “correct” way.

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