June 8, 2021

Introduction

This post is a primer by Black women on Black women and the sex trade. This primer contextualizes racist tropes against Black women, racist depictions of Black men, and prison abolition. The American slave trade shapeshifted into two modern industries: prison and prostitution. Tellingly, only one…


This piece was originally posted on August 23, 2020, in observance of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition.

The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition is annually observed on August 23 to remind people of the tragedy…


Publisher’s Note:

We all want to decriminalize communities selling sex to survive, and to reduce harm against them. The pragmatic solution seems to be full decriminalization, which is also known as sex trade expansion. But speaking with the most marginalized women who have lived through it, we learned that the “New Zealand model” actually fails women, and particularly, Māori, low-income and migrant women. Don’t just take it from us. This post was guest written by AF3IRM allies and Māori (indigenous) sisters in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Seventeen years since the full decriminalization of sex selling, sex buying and pimping was passed into law in New Zealand, widespread harm has not been reduced for the majority of people in the sex trade. The New Zealand model teaches us that calling misogyny and transmisogyny “work” only makes them more popular.

By Jade Kake and Fern Eyles

As the last land mass settled, New Zealand’s experience with prostitution is comparatively rough and recent. Early accounts indicate prostitution’s establishment followed the onset of colonization. The early exchange of goods by whalers and traders for sexual access to Maori women rapidly became one…


The sex wars are over. It’s time for full decolonization. Land and #bodiesback.

Background:

On this anniversary of 9/11, we pause to consider the important role of the sex industry in facilitating the United State’s Global War On Terror and American occupation in Hawaiʻi, the Philippines, Afghanistan and Iraq. Prostitution is a vestige of slavery that was sanctioned, normalized, and institutionalized for over…


Colonization teaches us to identify with oppressive systems and engage in oppressor behavior to defend them.

Over the past month, several people posing as AF3IRM members including the anonymous “Purple Rose 666” account and other sex trade expansionists have been spreading false information in bad faith about indigenous women and women of color on the ground in Hawaiʻi unifying communities to remove patriarchal institutions from Native…


AF3IRM Hawaiʻi is a grassroots, completely unfunded transnational feminist activist organization led by Native Hawaiian, Black, immigrant, queer and gender diverse women of color. Our membership includes women with lived experiences within the commercialized sex industry. We run the only emergency relief fund for sex workers in Hawaiʻi, and passed…


Painting by Iris Boncales-Strauss

The revolution is at our doorstep. It’s time to answer Audre Lorde’s call for feminists to struggle through racial divisions in sisterhood, or face a future where “women’s blood will congeal upon a dead planet.”

White women are often the most visible face of white supremacy in the daily lives…


(This story was originally published June 1, 2017, in the Honolulu Star Advertiser in response to Alex Tizon’s “My Family’s Slave” in The Atlantic. We are re-publishing it here for free and open access.)

L: Eudocia “Lola” Tomas Pulido on the cover of The Atlantic that features Tizon’s story; R: an older photo of Eudocia provided by the Tizon family

On last night’s episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, the new world learned the real name of…


Dear 2020 Presidential Candidates:

We respectfully write to you as an organization of ordinary women frustrated with the incursions of capitalism into our neighborhoods and intimate relationships. We have seen the pressure mounting on you to take a stance on prostitution — one of the most devastating issues for Native…


Image of Hawaiian women locking arms to protect their elders from arrest. Photo from twitter user aulii43

Are you watching Hawai‘i?

Thousands of Native Hawaiians (Kānaka ʻŌiwi) have answered the call from Hawai‘i Island to protect their ancestor and Hawai‘i’s most sacred mountain, Mauna Kea. Linking arms, our sisters are on the frontlines.

We are AF3IRM Hawai‘i, a transnational feminist organization. We unite Native Hawaiian and immigrant…

AF3IRM Hawai'i

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