A sex buyer in a research study explained that the woman in prostitution is “just a biological object…that charges for services” Sex buyers define women as things. He tells us that the woman in prostitution is not human. But for some dissatisfied sex buyers, women in prostitution are not sufficiently compliant or object-like. David Levy says that what […]
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On April 6, 2016, France passed an abolitionist law against prostitution that criminalizes sex buyers but decriminalizes women in prostitution. A major element of the French law is the provision of support and exit services for those in prostitution. “The most important aspect of this law is to accompany prostitutes, give them identity papers because […]
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Emily Ratajkowski & Naomi Wolf team up to sell Playboy Feminism
Proposal for an equality prostitution law in South Africa
Cilem Dogan resists abuse, kills husband (June 23, 2016)
Sonia Ossorio National Organization for Women-New York Letter to NY Times
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.