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Yae-won (Michelle) Jung
Jun 30, 2020
In Forum V - Prostitution
Personally, the main issue that I find with the current system involves "the rescue" that sex workers are forced into because of the ambiguous line between sex workers and traffickers. With this indistinct line, there seems to be automatic labeling of sex workers as victims. This type of generalization spurs from society's misogynistic moralization and saviorship about women in the sex industry. An example that made me come to this realization was Vijaya's story. Vijaya was a Hyderabadi sex worker who was FORCED into a rescue shelter. She was dragged away from her family and basically incarcerated. Rather than treating Vijaya with independent care that managed her HIV, the shelter had refused to provide her with necessary nutrition and medication. In the end, she became a self-destructive drinker and passed away. Vijaya's case isn't the only time that forced rescue has caused more harm than protection. According to Kimberly Walters from the openDemocracy, these women have lost their freedom to become financially independent as the NGOs prevent the ability of sex workers to get the opportunity to earn money. Additionally, the loss of their freedom has resulted in several sex workers to develop depression and attempt suicide. The problem isn't these anti-trafficking programs in India, though. It is the inability to distinguish women who want to be rescued or not. Similar to the Vijaya's case, rather than saving the women who they are trying to protect, it seems like these programs/agencies have more misogynistic ideals than acknowledging these women's rights. The biggest concern that I have is the idea that women sex workers are viewed as victims and need to be rescued compared to transgenders and men who are harassed by the police and then jailed rather than considering possible rehabilitation/rescue plans for those who want those options. In all means, though, I still find these types of programs important for women who are wanting to get rescued and need the resources to leave their terrible situation. However, I think that these programs need to be considerate about women's choices and be willing to appreciate their decisions rather than generalizing that every woman within the sex industry wants to be rescued. Most of my ideas spur from the article: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/beyond-trafficking-and-slavery/rescued-from-rights-misogyny-of-anti-trafficking/
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Yae-won (Michelle) Jung
Dec 29, 2018
In Forum I - Vaccines
We all do our seat belts when we get in the car (well, we should all be doing this) because we know that seat belts keep us safe. Why don't we think of vaccines as a similar situation then? Here are a few reasons why we should view vaccines as a safety measure no matter what. 1. Immunization save lives According to a research report titled Vaccination greatly reduces disease, disability, death and inequity worldwide, about 6 million lives are saved annually around the world through vaccines. (https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/86/2/07-040089/en/) 2. Getting a vaccine decreases the risks of making somebody else sick When you get vaccinated, you are not only keeping your self healthy, but you are preventing the disease from spreading to those around you. 3. Vaccines keep us healthy According to the National Foundation for Infectious Disease, "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccinations throughout your life to protect against many infections. When you skip vaccines, you leave yourself vulnerable to illnesses such as shingles, pneumococcal disease, influenza, and HPV and hepatitis B, both leading causes of cancer." 4. It is better to have some type of prevention than none Let's say you are living in a ghetto apartment. You will lock the doors and try to keep the windows shut so that you don't get killed or robbed. Well, not getting vaccinated is like opening the door and windows wide open for those deadly strangers to either kill you or rob you. 5. Diseases DO NOT disappear Despite the fact the United States has a low disease rate, it is a totally different story for other countries. There are still some countries that are trying to combat polio even though it is almost eradicated. In result, do not be so sure that you will not get infected because not getting vaccinated means that you are allowing these deadly strangers entering into your body. http://www.adultvaccination.org/10-reasons-to-be-vaccinated https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/86/2/07-040089/en/ https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/whatifstop.htm
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