Women’s March Organizers Slam Backpage.com Shutdown: ‘Sex Workers Rights Are Women’s Rights’

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The organizers of the Women’s March took to Twitter over the weekend to defend the embattled Backpage.com. The website, popular among sex workers, was shut down over the weekend by U.S. law enforcement.

“The shutting down of #Backpage is an absolute crisis for sex workers who rely on the site to safely get in touch with clients,” the official account for the movement tweeted over the weekend. “Sex workers rights are women’s rights.”

. The shutting down of #Backpage is an absolute crisis for sex workers who rely on the site to safely get in touch with clients. Sex workers rights are women’s rights. Follow @SafeSpacesDC @melissagira @swopusa @KateDAdamo @supporthosechi @anaorsomething for more info. https://t.co/S3Orx3aM8Z

— Women’s March (@womensmarch) April 7, 2018

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“In the coming days, we will be sharing more about sex workers rights to uplift this critical issue,” they added. “We’re all still learning and as always, we have to listen to the voices of those most impacted. #SexWorkIsWork”

In the coming days, we will be sharing more about sex workers rights to uplift this critical issue. We’re all still learning and as always, we have to listen to the voices of those most impacted. #SexWorkIsWork

– Women’s March (@womensmarch) April 7, 2018

Backpage was shut down over the weekend by federal authorities in an effort to protect women from being trafficked on the site. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp — one of the Senate’s 21 women– tweeted about the news approvingly.

Proud of our work across the aisle to crack down on Backpage & those who facilitate human trafficking online. This is a big step, but there’s more work to do to make sure North Dakota communities are strong & safe for the future. https://t.co/I98d0IJNW9

— Heidi Heitkamp (@HeidiHeitkamp) April 7, 2018

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Though the original Women’s March on Washington D.C. attracted a broad swath of women from across the country, the movement has faced increasing criticism — from women and men — that its aims are partisan and not broadly representative.

One of the organizers of the march, Rasmea Odeh, was convicted in 1970 for her role in the bombing of a supermarket in Jerusalem that killed two people. After she was deported from the United States for lying about her legal history last year, a local Women’s March chapter in Iowa expressed its disappointment.

“We cannot express the amount of sorrow felt, a broken system deported an amazing activist & organizer,” they said in a now-deleted tweet, along with the hashtag #HonorRasmea.

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The movement has also taken a firmly pro-choice stance, despite a Marist poll last year showing that 41 percent of American women are pro-life.

“Perhaps the women’s movement is too elitist and out of touch with ordinary citizens, especially working-class women,” Christina Hoff Sommers, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, who also maintains “The Factual Feminist” video blog, wrote in the Washington Post last year.

“I would go one step further. Today’s feminism is not merely out of touch with everyday Americans; it’s out of touch with reality. To survive, it’s going to have to come back to planet Earth.”

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Why Charlie Walk Accuser Waited Months to Come Forward – and How Viola Davis Spurred Her to Action

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Tristan Coopersmith wants you to know she had some good reasons for sitting on a letter containing her sexual misconduct accusations against former boss Charlie Walk for three months.

Following “The Four” panelist’s announcement he was exiting the Fox series  on Wednesday after Coopersmith came forward, ET Insider sat down with with Walk’s former employee to discuss her reasons for publishing her open letter earlier this week, which she says she wrote in November.

“I don’t think there’s a convenient time to share something that’s hard to share,” Coopersmith said. “I wrote that letter as part of my own therapeutic process, back when the original Harvey Weinstein allegations come out. Truly something was unlocked in me, and an experience I had put away for over a decade all came flooding back. And it was completely unexpected.”

“And then I went to the Women’s March and I was profoundly impacted by that experience,” Coopersmith continued. “The word’s of Viola Davis really hit home with me. And I realized, I needed to share my truth. And I realized I needed a reason to share it on a broader scale. I needed a purpose. And so my purpose in sharing it was to continue the conversation.”

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Coopersmith, who worked for Walk eight years ago and has since founded the women’s wellness studio Life Lab, said that the Republic Records Group president (who was placed on leave at the company on Wednesday) made “lewd comments about my body and [shared] fantasies of having sex with me.”

In the letter, titled “#MeToo: An Open Letter to Charlie Walk,” Coopersmith went on to say that the music mogul would send her sexual text messages and touch her inappropriately during business dinners.

“Then there was that event at your swank pad when you actually cornered me and pushed me into your bedroom and onto your bed,” said Coopersmith, who was 27 at the time. “The bed you shared with your wife … your wife who was in the room next door. You being drunk and me being 6 inches taller was my saving grace.”

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Representatives for Walk did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on Coopersmith’s interview.

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