Did David Futrelle Defend Child Prostitution and an Age of Consent of 12? – Feminists Fighting Child Sex Slavery Used ‘Coercive Strategies to Control the Sexual Behaviour of Young Girls’ (Re-Post)

In a 1995 article for ‘In These Times’, David Futrelle made the extraordinary claim that Victorian feminists used ‘coercive strategies to control the sexual behaviour of young girls’.

What on Earth could he have meant by such a statement?

His article consists of a review of a book that explores the infamously hypocritical sexuality of the Victorians – ‘When Passion Reigned‘.  Much of the article is given over to discussion of the Social Purity Movements of the era – the forerunners of feminism – led in particular by Josephine Butler and her ‘Butlerite’ followers. The main goals of the Victorian Purity Movements were to criminalize prostitution and raise the age of consent from 12 to 16, which they succeeded in doing so in 1885 (in a bill which also criminalized homosexuality in the UK).

Once their goals had been achieved, mainly through the generation of tabloid hysteria over ‘child sex slavery’, Josephine Butler and her followers formed the National Vigilance Association. Mobs of feminists would break into brothels and ‘rescue’ the young girls and adult women found working within them – whether or not the girls wanted to be rescued, which in nearly every instance, they didn’t.  In one famous case, a brothel was raided by the feminists and 400 young girls found to be working there.  Each of them was offered work and accomodation – only 6 of the 400 accepted, the rest steadfastly insisting that they were working in the brothel of their own free will.

Before Futrelle’s statement regarding ‘co-ercive strategies’, he refers to such a case in which a girl is ‘rescued’ but ‘obstinately reiterated her wish to live the life she’d chosen “of my own free will”‘.

He then notes that even Josephine Butler made a famous speech attacking such raids, warning feminists to ‘Beware the Purity Societies’, who mistakenly believed that you could ‘oblige humans to be moral by force’.

It is at this point that Futrelle makes his controversial quote :

But even the Butlerites couldn’t always heed their own advice, at times falling back on coercive strategies to control the sexual behaviour of young girls

http://www.unz.org/Pub/InTheseTimes-1995oct30-00035

So what could David Futrelle have intended his liberal sex positive readers to understand by his statement?  As mentioned above, with regards to the ‘sexual behaviour of young girls’, the Butlerites are famous only for raising the age of consent to 16 with the aim of ending child prostitution (and then raiding brothels and rescuing young girls found to be working there).

According to the Wikipedia entry on Josephine Butler :

In 1885 she was drawn into another related campaign led by the campaigning editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, William Thomas Stead. He had published a series of articles entitled The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon exposing the extent of child prostitution in London. As a result of this campaign, the age of consent in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was raised from 13 to 16 that same year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephine_Butler

**Update – see : http://theantifeminist.com/the-criminal-amendment-act-1885-an-act-to-make-further-provision-for-the-protection-of-women-and-girls/

 

Government to Set Up Institute in Honour of Convicted Child Abuser Alan Turing

Just a week after the computers of Number 10 Downing St were searched for child porn, the British government has announced that convicted paedophile Alan Turing is to have an institute set up in his sacred name :

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/budget/10709458/Budget-2014-George-Osborne-announces-Alan-Turing-Institute-to-research-big-data.html

Here are some facts about Alan Turing, his conviction, and the law that he was convicted under, that rarely get mentioned in the liberal media :

He had illegal sex with a 19 year old labourer when he was a 42 year old professor of mathematics.

The age of majority at the time was 21 – so the 19 year old was legally a child and seen as a victim.

Turing tried to have the boy arrested for a burglary that he did not commit. In fact, Turing had sex with the boy one last time (after giving him alcohol) before going to the police station with the glass that he had drunk from, in order to see if the fingerprints matched those found at the burglary scene.

It is possible that Turing tried to frame the boy knowing he had nothing to do with the ‘burglary’ because he feared the boy was about to go to the police and reveal that Turing was ‘abusing’ him.

We do not know if Turing had sex with any other teenage boys and how old they were. We only know of this boy because of the ‘burglary’.

Turing was not ‘castrated’. He did not spend a day in prison. He was required to go through a mild hormonal treatment programme to curb his sexual desires for teenage boys. He embarked upon a fitness regime after his trial and appeared happier and healthier than ever.

He was allowed to resume his teaching career at the (then) prestigious University of Manchester. Compare his outcome with those of homosexuals today convicted of having sex with underage boys (sex offenders register, exclusion orders, banned from teaching etc).

He likely did not commit suicide – his own biographer believes he died as a result of accidentally inhaling cyanide fumes (he had been experimenting with cyanide the day he died). His parents and friends were shocked, and refused to believe it was suicide because of how happy and content he appeared to be.

Turing was convicted as a result of the same puritanical 1885 criminal amendment act that raised the age of consent for heterosexuals from 12 to 16 and which is currently being used to persecute heterosexual men for having sex with teenage girls nearly half-a-century ago, even as we turn Alan Turing into a martyr for having illegal sex with a teenage lad considered a victim of child abuse at the time.

http://www.returnofkings.com/26006/how-the-pardon-of-alan-turing-is-yet-another-attack-against-male-heterosexuality

Samuel Pepys and Porn in 1660’s London

The first widespread popular work of ‘pornography’ in Europe was ‘L’Ecoles des Filles’, translated as ‘The Girl’s School’, and first published in Paris in 1655, less than half-a-century after Shakespeare had packed away his quill.

As might be judged by the title, this work of fictional erotica dealt with the sexual fantasies of a young French girl, and would be categorised as child pornography today, only of interest to ‘paedophiles’. However, in 17th century Europe, the feminist concept of ‘paedophilia’ was still over 300 years away from being invented, as was the manosphere meme that ‘women reach peak fertility at 23’, and the book was probably the most popular work of erotica ever made at the time. None other than Samuel Pepys, the famous London diarist, recorded furtively reading the young girl’s fantasies in a bookshop. Only weeks later, did he summon the courage to return to the bookshop and buy the work to fap off to at home for ‘research’ purposes :

Samuel Pepys, not a man to shy away from the pleasures of the flesh, one day went into his bookseller’s shop, where he saw a copy of L’Ecole des Filles:

“…I saw the French book which I did think to have had for my wife to translate…it was so bawdy and lewd…”

Apparently he was ashamed to be seen reading it in the shop but eventually, after 3 weeks he managed to get the courage to buy it, in plain cover of course. He read it on a Sunday and wrote:

“…a lewd book, but what doth me no wrong to read for information sake.”

After having read it through and through he decided to burn it before his wife had a chance to read it.
Several years later, in 1688, a printer and bookseller were prosecuted and fined for this book.


http://fascinatinghistory.blogspot.co.uk/2005/07/pornography-in-1660s-london.html

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%E2%80%99%C3%89cole_des_filles (In German)

White Feathers During World War II Caused the Suicides of Two Teenage Boys

The notorious White Feather Campaign is chiefly associated with the First World War, but in fact the disgusting practice, in which women (led by feminists) handed out white feathers to young men in civilian clothes as a way of shaming their presumed ‘cowardice’, was also widespread in the Second World War.

Tragically, at least two teenage boys committed suicide after becoming victims of the resurrected White Feather Campaign.

Cyril R Wray, an 18 year old who had volunteered for service but was not called upon, gassed himself after recieving letters and white feathers through the post accusing him of cowardice. The Evening Telegraph of June 9th 1943 reports :

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Bernard Sills was just 17 when he recieved in the mail two white feathers framed in the shape of a question mark together with the word ‘coward’. The young cadet had volunteered to serve but was discharged when it was found he was an underage child. A few hours after recieving the white feathers, he put on his cadet uniform and left his house, taking his rifle with him. He was found dead in an air raid shelter after blowing his brains out.

From the Cairns Post of July 27th 1943 :

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Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end there. Shortly after, one of Bernard’s grieving friends, and himself aged only 15, also recieved white feathers through the post.

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White feathers were giving out to hundreds of males during the entire length of the Second World War, to boys too young to serve, and to war heroes who were on leave and out of uniform. The practice became so widespread and upsetting that in 1942 the government decided that a badge should be given to men discharged from service on medical grounds – this was a new badge in addition to the ‘King’s Badge’ which had been launched at the onset of the war in anticipation of a repeat of the White Feather Campaign :

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Occasionally, women were ‘brave’ enough to hand out their feathers in person, rather than anonymously through the post. One such woman recieved a surprise after handing out a white feather to a war hero who had lost an eye in combat in Syria :

heros-reply-1942

New York Newspaper’s Men’s Rights Editorial 1915

The ‘New York World’ was a major newspaper a century ago, and considered one of the main voices of the Democratic party. The following is a 1915 editorial published in that newspaper that could have been written by John the Other.

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http://historyoffeminism.com/new-york-world-editorial-1915-men-politically-subject-sex/

Most of the Kristallnacht Mob Leaders Were Women

Today is the 75th anniversary of the infamous ‘Kristallnacht’, the day in which a mass outbreak of violence against Jewish shops, schools, and even hospitals took place in Nazi germany – led mainly, it seems, by women.

Others remembered the way the pogroms unfolded into an organised orgy of violence. There was unrestrained grabbing from shops as well as attacks on schools and even hospitals. The Daily Telegraph correspondent in Berlin at the time, Michael Bruce, recounted “one of the foulest exhibitions of bestiality” he had ever witnessed when rioters broke into a hospital for sick Jewish children.

Tiny children were being chased “over the broken glass, bare-footed and wearing nothing but their nightshirts,” Bruce wrote. “The nurses, doctors, and attendants were being kicked and beaten by the mob leaders, most of whom were women.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24852131

Another eye witness report from a British journalist (Hugh Carlton Greene) :

Mob law ruled in Berlin throughout the afternoon and evening and hordes of hooligans indulged in an orgy of destruction. I have seen several anti-Jewish outbreaks in Germany during the last five years, but never anything as nauseating as this. Racial hatred and hysteria seemed to have taken complete hold of otherwise decent people. I saw fashionably dressed women clapping their hands and screaming with glee, while respectable middle-class mothers held up their babies to see the “fun”.

http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=159

see also :Hitler’s Furies http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2432620/Hitlers-Furies-The-Nazi-women-bit-evil-men.html

Spiked/Saira Khan – ‘Oh Feminism, What Happened to You?’

(theantifeminist – it has to be pointed out that there is a huge inaccuracy in this article. As readers of this site will know, and those knowledgeable about the early history of feminism will know, feminism has ALWAYS been about controlling men (and attractive young women and girls) in order to raise the sexual market value of feminists and their supporters. Whether you subscribe to Sexual Trade Union theory or not, it is clear that feminism has not ‘turned bad’ only in recent years, but has been a rotten sexual hate movement for its entire history, and certainly during its ‘first wave’. As we know, the Suffragettes were handing out white feathers to traumatised 16 year old boys who had served in the trenches, while most men fighting in that war still did not have the vote. Still, mustn’t quibble too much. The more well written anti-feminist articles out there the better.)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/when_feminists_believed_in_freedom/13946#.UhcVvD-5WXk

(excerpt)

Recently, feminists have supported moralistic wars on porn, the Sun’s Page 3, and misogynistic Twitter messages. They are essentially advocating more government intervention into our private lives and our freedom of speech. Yet 43 years ago, Germaine Greer wrote in the The Female Eunuch that ‘freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it’. Whereas feminism was once concerned with increasing the freedoms of women, and by extension all inhabitants of society, now it tends towards demanding the reduction of freedoms.

(antifeminist comment – the suffragettes made explicitly clear that the vote was only a means to further control male sexuality – i.e. impose restrictions upon men and young women and girls. It had little to do with ‘equality’ and even less to do with freedom. Suffragettes had already succeeded in restricting prostitution and in raising the age of consent from 12 to 16 (although they had tried for 21, and no doubt hoped the vote would allow them to succeed) – an age of consent that only applied to girls. As far as the Second Wave of feminism is concerned, see Neil Lyndon’s ‘No More Sex War’ for an account of how feminists such as Germaine Greer were rationalising events that they had no control over).

http://www.amazon.com/More-Sex-War-Neil-Lyndon/dp/1856191915/

http://theantifeminist.com/feminists-white-feathers-underage-child-soldiers/

Women ‘Airbrushed Out of Early Christianity’

This might well be just another lame attempt to rewrite history, but it wouldn’t at all surpise me if women were crucial to the spread of Christianity, a morally conservative religion, across the sexually anarchic fading Roman Empire. At least in terms of converts on the ground, if not leading figures at the top.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2390252/Women-airbrushed-early-Christianity-despite-having-crucial-spread-claims-leading-historian.html

A band of forgotten women were hugely influential in the rise of Christianity but their contribution has been neglected by the mainstream churches, a leading expert has claimed.

Professor Kate Cooper of the University of Manchester has identified dozens of forgotten Christian women who were influential in the first and second centuries, during a period when Christianity was – in some respects – more progressive towards women than today.

She believes that women played a central role in spreading the new Christian faith through informal friendship and family networks.