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Is the New York Times Endorsing Legalization of Prostitution
Liberals must face the reality of what prostitution does to women
Last week, the New York Times ran Emily Bazelon’s piece, _Should Prostitution be a Crime__
“I think these ads are appearing on Craigslist as a way for men to use their power, their access to housing, as a way to exploit women’s economic desperation,” Grey said. “We’re in a housing crisis, women are in poverty.”
Prostitution, as a practice, just is men telling women what they can and can’t do with their bodies. It’s men telling women how to use their bodies, how to move their bodies, how to dress their bodies. What men tell women do with their bodies is the primal guide for how prostitution functions; if we stopped, prostitution couldn’t function. Like all markets, supply responds to demand and the customer is always right. The problem is that the customer wants a fuckable object, not a human being.
Criminalizing the client changes the entire legal and social approach to the phenomenon; the social and legal disgrace moves from the prostitute to the client, and it is he who is now subject to sanctions, condemnation and public criticism. It stresses the harm done to women who engage in prostitution, to all women, and to society as a whole, and it makes the debate over illusions of “choice” and “consent” superfluous by acknowledging that those caught up in the cycle of prostitution don’t have real choice. The discussion is focused on the damage prostitution causes and how to prevent it.
Daria Pionko was supposed to be safe. Or safer, anyway. That, at least, was part of the thinking behind the “managed prostitution area” established in the Holbeck area of Leeds in June 2014 and officially announced the following October. It was also a tidying-up exercise, in response to locals’ concerns about living alongside street prostitution. […]
By Meghan Murphy, published March 15, 2016 http://www.feministcurrent.com/2016/03/15/survivors-say-the-nordic-model-is-our-only-hope/ People were turned away from a packed, standing-room only panel, addressing the impacts of various prostitution legislation around the world, on Monday afternoon. Organized by SPACE International, the parallel event, which took place in New York City in connection with the 60th session of the […]
Just published, Dec 2015:
Chapter on Prostitution and Slavery: a 21st century abolitionist perspective by Melissa Farley
Jonah Mix notes the similarity of the pro-prostitution Amnesty International with men’s rights groups and the political right generally.
Girls’ education prevents prostitution in communities of poverty.
Florida increases penalty for buyers of sex.
Amnesty International does not realize their mistake.
Pornography: prostitution’s identical twin
Amnesty International began as an organization aligned with vulnerable people who had few rights. Those in prostitution often describe it as paid rape – a last ditch survival effort in the context of homelessness, poverty, societal neglect, racism and sexism. Amnesty fails to understand that for 80% of those in it, prostitution is NOT a […]
Over 400 women’s groups & advocates sign letter protesting Amnesty International’s position on prostitution.
Fact Sheet on Decriminalization Demand Abolition
Advertising is essential to keeping the sex industry running smoothly. Pimps and traffickers post dozens of ads a day on websites like Backpage. Since most prostitution is advertised online, credit cards are necessary for sex buyers to pay pimps. Ads for prostitution have generated about $9 million a month for Backpage, a major site for […]