Sonia Ossorio National Organization for Women-New York Letter to NY Times
Is the New York Times Endorsing Legalization of Prostitution
In no form of gender-based violence other than prostitution do we weigh the veracity of the victimization of a person on whether or not there is a third party. This third party litmus test has traditionally been used to determine my right to services, governmental funding, and even to determine if I deserve justice. Due […]
Letter to sex buyers from a Danish survivor 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__
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.
Sex work is a relentless game of pandering to male narcissism. As a sex worker, it is literally your job to make a man feel special, superior, and satisfied as if he is the only being on the planet. This aspect of the job really leaves no room for the self. There is no space to explore or identify or evolve any aspect of your own being, because there is no room for you in the equation.
My modern version of prostitution was fun, easy and body-positive—until it wasn’t.
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 […]
Pornography: prostitution’s identical twin
In hundreds of research interviews, sex buyers tell us that they can always find minor girls in strip clubs. A 15-year-old girl who had gone missing from Boston was found at Cheaters, a strip club in Providence, RI. Police arrested her trafficker/pimp. Nonetheless a Cheaters spokesman – probably a pimp – lied: “At Cheaters they […]
The first time I was arrested because of prostitution, on Benburb Street in 1991, I had a conversation with the arresting officer that I have never forgotten. I’d heard one of the older women talk about how we prevented rape, and, sadly, I’d latched onto that as some kind of validation, some kind of evidence […]