More Etsy double standards
*Content warning: Discusses child sexual abuse
We've already told you about e-commerce giant Etsy's double standards - claiming to 'keep commerce human' while selling merch which normalises and fetishises incest and child abuse.
So you won't be surprised to hear about more Etsy hypocrisy.
Recently CEO Josh Silverman took to the corporate blog to condemn racism and grandstand about Etsy's efforts to help the Asian American community. Etsy was quick to jump on the #StopAsianHate bandwagon following the murder of eight people in Atlanta - among them six Asian women employed at massage parlours. (The gunman apparently targeted Asian women in the sex trade - read more here.)
While we welcome corporate action aimed at stopping human rights abuses - particularly those with such devastating implications for women - we couldn't help noticing Etsy's hypocrisy: Claiming it has 'zero tolerance for hate' while profiting from racialised misogyny of the worst kind! While selling child sexual abuse material - replica 'Asian girl' mouths sold as sex toys for men - and an array of other porn-themed products demeaning to Asian women.
Are we really expected to believe Etsy's claim that there's 'no place for racism' in its company while it promotes and profits from the idea that Asian women and girls exist for men's sexual gratification?
What’s an ‘Asian girl’ to @etsy?— Collective Shout (@CollectiveShout) March 24, 2021
A chance to profit from racialised misogyny.#StopAsianHate #StopAAPIHate #etsy #etsyhatesgirls#etsysexploitation #etsypetition@jgsilverman @fredwilson @peggysmyth @krutipie @Edithwcooper #racismforprofit pic.twitter.com/szY38M20cS
‘Custom Asian girl tight pussy’ or child-size ‘Asian girl mouth’ sex toys your thing? @etsy’s got it#StopAsianHate #StopAAPIHate #etsy #etsyhatesgirls#etsysexploitation #etsypetition@jgsilverman @fredwilson @peggysmyth @krutipie @Edithwcooper #racismforprofit #etsycsam pic.twitter.com/2eFyjvoZMx— Collective Shout (@CollectiveShout) March 24, 2021
We’d like to know what @StopAAPIHate @AAAJ_AAJC think of @etsy products which objectify Asian women + girls. Maybe they’ll hold #Etsy accountable for perpetuating harmful racist stereotypes for profit? #racismforprofit @krutipie @jgsilverman #csrFAIL #womennotobjects— Collective Shout (@CollectiveShout) March 23, 2021
In a separate display of double standards, on International Women’s Day last month, Silverman boasted about Etsy giving women an ‘on-ramp’ to business and said ‘there’s no better time to celebrate and uplift women’. Meanwhile, we've continued to document how Etsy degrades women, eroticises their abuse, and profits.
On @etsy abuse of women is eroticised, fetishised, commodified + sold for profit#etsy #etsyhatesgirls#etsysexploitation #etsypetition@jgsilverman @fredwilson @peggysmyth @Edithwcooper #endsexploitation @krutipie pic.twitter.com/zGC5cfMU4U— Collective Shout (@CollectiveShout) March 23, 2021
.@etsy an ‘on-ramp’ for women entrepreneurs’ but does #etsy disclose it’s also an on-ramp for products which fetishise, eroticise and normalise child sexual abuse + incest? #etsy #etsyhatesgirls#etsypetition @krutipie @jgsilverman @fredwilson @peggysmyth @Edithwcooper pic.twitter.com/1Uj1Zl8i6g— Collective Shout (@CollectiveShout) March 23, 2021
Selling products which fetishise abuse and violence against Asian women and girls - all women and girls - is no way for a corporate to show it cares about women, or stopping racism.
It's time for Etsy to exercise corporate social responsibility and stop selling merch which trivialises the abuse of women and girls.
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