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My fears of the push for indoors prostitution
DANS LA MEME RUBRIQUE
Burkini Is a Feminist Issue Too
The notion that it’s ok for disabled men to pay for sex is rooted in misogyny and ableism
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Amnesty International and Prostitution : Not in Our Name !
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"Insectual - The Secret of the Black Butterfly", by Barbara Sala
Canada’s New Sex Trade Law
Sharia Law, Apostasy and Secularism
“Harm reduction” is not enough to appropriately analyze prostitution
True Progressives Encourage Women’s Equality, Not Their Prostitution
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Comparing Sex Buyers and Non-Sex Buyers July 2011 (Boston)
Sex resistance in heterosexual arrangements
Abolitionists of the prostitution system : who we are, what we want !
Women Living Under Muslim Laws Statement on Libya
Prostitution is a Threat to Humanity
Prostitution - Call for Australia’s prostitution laws to be tightened
Violence - An Open Letter from Black Women to SlutWalk Organizers
Nothing that is sexual can be considered criminal : hidden sexual violence in the DSK case
The Truth about Global Sex Slavery – A Book by Lydia Cacho
Why reproductive rights and prostitution are not the same thing : A response to one decriminalization argument
Prostitution - The abolitionist project within the conference Women’s Worlds 2011
Montreal - The Turcotte jury got it wrong
Reasons I Will Not Go On the Slutwalk
International Sex Industries and their Accomplices Hamper the Autonomy of All Women
Ten Critical Reasons for getting rid of Harper’s Conservatives
Real solidarity with prostituted women is in the fight for abolition of prostitution
Decriminalize prostituted persons and criminalize those who exploit them (‘johns’ and pimps)
Polygamy in Canada Should Remain Illegal
We cannot be satisfied with the simple harm-reduction model
The Native Women’s Association of Canada is Worried About Himel’s Judgement on Prostitution
Ontario Court Decision Abandons Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour to Pimps
Response to the VPD review in the cases of the Pickton Murders
Speech - The effects of globalization of political Islam on Women’s Rights, the question with polygamy, the Niqab and Honour Killing
Quebec Forges Enlightened Trail on Burkas
Breast Cancer a Disease, No a Marketing Opportunity
The International Campaign To Closedown Iranian Embassies
Violation of rights in Iran, a window from my experience to a broader picture
"Sex worker" ? Never met one !
The One Million Signatures Campaign has been awarded the prestigious Global Women’s Rights Award from the Feminist Majority Foundation
Prostitution - Feminist Perspectives, a book
Prostitution : Violating the Human Rights of Poor Women
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Order of Canada Awarded to Dr. Morgentaler - Acts of intimidation should not rule Canada
Femaid report on Afghanistan, May 2008
Time for Quebecers to be more open : Bouchard-Taylor report
Canadian Bar Association supports strengthening equality in the Quebec Charter
Zero Tolerance for Johns : How the Government of Sweden Would Respond to Spitzer
Politicians are responsible for toxic, misogynist environment facing girls
Spitzer - The Myth of the Victimless Crime
Goodbye To All That (#2)
The freedom to never prostitute oneself
NO legalized brothels for the Olympics 2010 - Aboriginal women’s Action Network statement on prostitution
CLES says NO to the violence of prostitution
Does Porn Make the Man ?
A Trip Into the Absurd
Mothers File International Complaint Against United States
Prostitutes are victims, not criminals
Anthology of Québec Women’s Plays in English Translation, Volume I (1966-1986)
The Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle (CLES) intervene during the upcoming provincial election
Prostitution - Three Women and a Debate
Men Favour the Apolitical Discourse on Prostitution
The Whole Truth Must be Told : Sylviane’s testimony on her experience of prostitution
Democracy and Religious Obligations : an Impasse ?
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Books by Andrea Dworkin
Globalization, Militarism and Sex Trafficking
Muslim Groups Denounce the Cultural Relativism of a Certain Left
Canadian Muslim leader alleges her veil views sparked vandalism
Prostitution : CATW’S Post-World Cup Statement
NOW to denounce so-called parental alienation
Prostitution : for an Abolitionist Bill
The dimensions of trafficking for purposes of prostitution
"Charm is a Guise ; Batterers Belong in Jail, Expert Says"
Interview with Catherine MacKinnon : Are Women Human ?
Danish cartoons - Doing away with the Enlightenment ?
It’s happening next door : from incestuous girls to alienating mothers
Green Light for Pimps and Johns
Buying Sex is not a Sport
Prostitution is Violence Against Women
The Ideal Site for the Crime
Tell me, what does "gender" really mean ?
Gunilla Ekberg : « The best thing we can do for our sisters is to support them to get out of prostitution »
Interview with Catharine A. MacKinnon : « They haven’t crushed me yet. »
Decriminalizing prostitution, a magnet for pimps and johns
Declaration on Religious Arbitration in Family Law
Prostitution : Towards a Canadian policy of abolition
Prostitution inseparable of violence against women
The need for a public debate on prostitution and its social consequences
Prostitution of First Nations Women in Canada
270 000 $ granted to Stella for a four days event on sex work
IN MEMORIAM : Andrea Dworkin or The passion for justice
Decriminalizing prostitution will not improve the security of prostituted women
Dworkin - Taking Back the Night
Backlash and Whiplash : A Critique of Statistics Canada’s 1999 General Social Survey on Victimization
Helping the prostituted women or promoting prostitution ?
The Need for a Public Debate on Prostitution and its Social Consequences
The legalization of prostitution and its impact on trafficking in women and children
Prostitution Links, Women’s Justice Center
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Sweden Treating Prostitution as Violence Against Women
Forced marriage as crime
Why Women Must Get out of Men’s Laps
International Campaing Against Shari’a Court in Canada
Decriminalize prostituted women, not prostitution
Canada Contributes to the Sexual Trafficking of Women for Purposes of Prostitution
Fathers’ Rights Groups in Australia and their Engagement with Issues in Family Law
Women Rage Against ’Rape’ in Northeast India
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Queer theory and violence against women
The Legalisation of Prostitution : A failed social experiment
Globalization and the Sex Trade : Trafficking and the Commodification of Women and Children
Will Paternal Paranoia Triumph ?
Ode to Survivors
Court confirms any woman’s human right to organize with peers
Program produces motherless kids
Legitimating Prostitution as Sex Work : UN Labour Organization (ILO) Calls for Recognition of the Sex Industry (Part One)
Legitimating Prostitution as Sex Work : UN International Labour Organization Calls for Recognition of the Sex Industry (Part Two)
Elisabeth Badinter distorts feminism the better to fight it
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The "Stolen Feminism" Hoax : Anti-Feminist Attack Based on Error-Filled Anecdotes
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For the sake of the children : the law, domestic violence and children contact in England
Friendships between women good for health
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Divorce Bill’s flaws inadvertently aid abusers
Problem isn’t little boys, it’s little minds
A report from Status of Women Canada about the discursive denial of gender inequalities
Ten Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution
Poem for Peace
Peace Rally Speech of a 12 year old American Girl
Good clone, bad clone ?
Canadian Women’s Health Network
So hard to say goodbye
This post is deeply personal, and being personal it is very political.
My politics of being an abolitionist of the sex trade come living through the pain, the terror, the blood and guts, and lack of any hope that was indoors prostitution for me.
The further I get away from my personal experiences, the more I come to know that they were not unique, not even that unusual. No, the reason I fight so hard, fight to the death - is because it is just common practice of the vast majority of indoors prostitution. Sadistic sexual violence and mind control is commonplace in most of indoors prostitution - it just kept well hidden from the public gaze.
But, I am in deep despair for there seems to be a world-wide push to put prostitution indoors.
It is claimed this is done for the safety of prostituted women, and to make it easier to control illegal practices in the sex trade. Well, I do not believe those motivations.
For it is the gospel of the pimps talking, be those pimps called managers or members of some government - the push to indoors prostitution is about getting hold of the stacks of money that the sex trade produces. It is to continue a constant flow of women and girls that any man can have easy access to make his personal porn-toy. It makes invisible that prostituted women and girls are raped, battered, sexually tortured and murdered on a industrial scale - for the sex trade just replaces them with more fuckable goods.
I can never understand how indoors prostitution can be safe - when so much about it would appear so dangerous.
What is safe about being an escort ? When the typical "business" for the escort is to be alone often in a hotel room or flat with strange men. Men who have paid to own her as long as his money last. Why would not that ownership make him believe he cannot rape her ? If he bashes her or does sadistic sex on her, it is just her job. Why would he see her as a full human being, who feels pain, who can be terrified or hates being an escort.
Sure, the sex trade will paint escorts as businesswomen in control of their lives. The sex trade will call them empowered women, whilst at the same time going on and on and on about security and safety of the escorts.
Now, if it such a wonderful career, how come there needs to be alarms, bodyguards, cameras in the room’ drivers to and fro, checks on every john, lists of bad johns and tons of other precautions.
If the johns that use escorts are so decent, why all these precautions ?
Could it be that what happened to me and my friends who did escorting was just commmonplace ?
How high-class escorts can be beaten, raped and so sexually tortured that they end up on life support. How men with enough money can keep you for days or weeks as their porn-toy. How escorts are just told it is bad luck if a john is sadistic to them - only to find they are sent out to that bad luck many times.
Escorting is terrifying - but you learn to paint on a happy face, coz no-one seems to give a damn about escorts.
I worked in what I now know were brothels - I was too fucked up to know my own reality at the time.
I worked in flats, where in each room girls were being fucked and paid, where managers and "staff" sat outside those rooms, where for the hours you were there, there was a continual flow of men wanting to fuck.
I would name that a brothel - but I am sure that the sex trade would call it anything but a brothel, and like to pretend it was just illegal - for in their propaganda everything is so clean, fun and well organised in brothels.
Well, we were gang-raped, there were many under-aged prostituted girls, men were often filmed sexually torturing and almost killing the prostituted women and girls (filmed by the managers), the prostituted women and girls were given tons of drink and drugs to get by - that was just part of our norm.
All that and much worse is commonplace in brothels in every country, every city - for brothels get their money by supplying men with women and girls who will be whatever his porn fantasy is. It is kept in-house how violent he is, he has paid good money for that right to privacy.
Brothels are prisons for the vast majority of prostituted women and girls in them - I don’t care if they are run by women and called co-ops, or if they are clean and have security and stacks of condoms.
Brothels are factories for men to sell and buy fuckable goods - the buyer and seller never see the prostituted women and girls as full humans. She is stripped of any right to say no, to have safety from rape or other sexual torturing ; she has no right to leave.
Brothels just keep all the violence well away from the public gaze - and then makes the pretence of being a great employer.
So, please fight the push to make prostitution go indoors.
If you truly want prostituted women and girls to be safe, make the buying and selling of the prostituted your target.
Men who buy prostituted women and girls rarely just buy one, and the more they use the sex trade, the more likely they are to be violent to prostituted women and girls.
So, is it such a leap to say they may be serial rapists, may be causing mental and physical harm on a mass scale - shouldn’t they go to jail for that – not just be fined ?
As for the profiteers of the sex trade - how come they are rarely thrown into jail for the murders, rapes, batteries and mental destruction of their "employees" ? I would love the jails to be full of all those profiteers.
Only then will prostituted women and girls be at the beginning of the road to safety.
Rebecca Mott writes : I am a women who left prostitution and a survivor of sexual agressions in childhood. From the age of 14, I was in and out of the sex industry until the age of 27. I am profoundly traumatized ; I still have a split up memory and a body marked by painful recollections. I am a writer and I write a blog where I investigate what it is to live with an extreme post-traumatic syndrome, besides writing to abolish the sex industry.
On Sisyphe, October 2, 2010