"Prostitution harms women": RadFem UK and the Nordic Model

Prostitution harms women, and the majority of women who are prostituted have already been harmed through poverty, homelessness, the care system and sexual abuse. Once in prostitution women face violence, emotional and psychological harm, causing them to use drugs and alcohol to numb their pain and ‘disassociate’ from what is happening to them. As Rachel Moran, a survivor says: “Prostitution is […]

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More penalties for prostitution won’t help victims of human trafficking

On theguardian: […] In most states, there are already laws against prostitution. To shoehorn trafficking into this framework ignores the crucial elements of force, fraud and coercion. For example, a person whose car is used for prostitution is not a trafficker. Criminalizing those involved in prostitution where there is no force, fraud, or coercion, or where no minors are involved, […]

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Sunday feminist roundup (22nd December 2013)

The feminists are taking over.

I’m looking forward to a long break over the festive. Hope you are too. x – The London clinic fighting back against female genital mutilation (newstatesman) – A year after the Delhi gang-rape, more must be done to stop abuse of women (commentisfree) – Rochdale child grooming report should be a wake-up call for police (commentisfree) – The Politics of […]

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#todayin: misogyny: “Men who buy sex often think that women in prostitution have no right to…

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Men who buy sex often think that women in prostitution have no right to make emotional demands on them. This attitude may free the men from the expectation that they acknowledge or respect the personhood of the woman they buy. “Money displaces the emotions. It frees you from that bond, that responsibility,” explained a man who was interviewed after buying […]

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Arguing Against the Industry of Prostitution – Beyond the Abolitionist Versus Sex-Worker Binary

Some good points here. Submission by Finn McKay on feministcurrent: Introduction Prostitution has long been a contentious issue in the Women’s Liberation Movement, splitting feminist individuals and groups. This is largely because the debate is often reduced to an either/or argument between what is called ‘harm minimisation’ in a legal ‘sex industry’ – the legalisation argument – and on the […]

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Sex workers need better protection against violent clients

On commentisfree: With chilling clarity, Jill Meagher’s husband has answered the question that has surely hammered him since Adrian Bayley raped and murdered his wife – how could this have happened? “I’m aware his previous victims in previous cases before Jill were sex workers, and I’ll never be convinced that doesn’t have something to do with the lenience of his […]

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Men Who Buy Sex: Who They Buy And What They Know

This is a research study of 103 men who describe their use of trafficked and non-trafficked women in prostitution, and their awareness of coercion and violence. Authors: Melissa Farley, Julie Bindel and Jacqueline M. Golding, December 2009, Eaves, London, Prostitution Research & Education, San Francisco. Abstract: A sample of 103 men in London, England, who used trafficked and non-trafficked women […]

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#todayin: misogyny: “What do you think about his choice?”: uncovering the men who visit prostitutes

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This link (the Invisible Men Project) makes for some really upsetting reading. The Newstateman’s piece (also linked) mentions that research on, and discussion of, sex work has often been criticised for omitting the voices of the workers themselves. The Invisible Men Project does nothing to redress that imbalance. Yes, it is illuminating and “valuable data” and all the rest of […]

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Sex work as any other job

I wouldn’t do your filing for free either” – sex work as any other job. On the:  The FWSA Blog: It is difficult to add anything new to the debate surrounding the ethical & legal status of sex work or prostitution (the very terminology one uses is heavily freighted with political meaning). The conversation is voluminous, highly polarised, and tends […]

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