Feminism and sex work

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Feminism and sex work

  1. 1. THE STRANGE RELATIONSHIP By Carol LeighBETWEEN FEMINISM AND SEX WORK PRESENTATION BY: CHRISTI ADDISON
  2. 2. “As feminists developed anunderstanding of the mechanicsof our oppression, so prostitutesamong them recognized thedynamics of our oppression andsaw the criminalization ofprostitution as anothermanifestation of sexism andmisogyny.”
  3. 3. CAROL LEIGH  Lives in the Bay Area, CA  Prostitute, activist, artist for the last 20+ years  Coined the term “sex worker” in the late 70’s  A “mother” of the sex workers’ rights movement  Has worked with multiple organizations such as: COYOTE and BAY SWAN http://www.bayswan.org/penet.htm  Has a one woman play called The Adventures of Scarlet Harlot
  4. 4. THE FACTS Some feminists view sex work as violence against women The Coalition Against Traf ficking Women is in the fight to abolish prostitution, and target commercial sex in general In California the law states it is illegal to agree to receive money for sex. Police will pose as potential customers to catch sex workers and arrest them. In 2002 Bush passed an “anti -prostitution loyalty oath” The US has pushed for other countries to make prostitution illegal In 2003 Brazil, rather than take part in this agreement, refused to accept 40 million dollars in AIDS funding from the US
  5. 5. QUOTES“as a sex worker activist, I have come to understand thateconomic and social justice is an intrinsic part of the equation”“solutions to the violence and and abuses in our industries arethe same as solutions to ills in society in general: ending warand violence, achieving social justice and economic equality.”“I finally told young women that the first step toward findingcommon ground is for activists in the women’s movement toface each other and acknowledge the role that feminists haveplayed in the current criminalization and stigmatization of sexwork.”
  6. 6. PROSTITUTION IS LEGAL BUT REGULATEDAustria Germany Greece Hungary Latvia NetherlandsSwitzerland Turkey Lebanon Mexico Panama Nevada,USAustralia Bolivia New Zealand Peru Columbia EcuadorParaguay Uruguay Venezuela
  7. 7. PROSTITUTION IS LEGAL, BUT PROCURING IS ILLEGALArmenia Belgium Bulgaria Cyprus Czech RepublicDenmark Estonia Finland France IrelandItaly Poland Portugal Spain the UKCanada Costa Rica Cuba Argentina BrazilChile Hong Kong India Israel
  8. 8. QUESTIONSLeigh says, “sex for sale is part of the fabric of society” do youagree with this?
  9. 9. QUESTIONSDo you think it is problematic for the government to regulatewhat individuals are allowed to do with their bodies?Do you think prostitution should be legal in America?
  10. 10. RECOMMENDED VIDEOSNational Geographic documentary on prostitution around theworldhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5ZjqrV1 -bQFirst National March for Sex Worker’s Rights, Washington DChttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvGbnpqsBeU&feature= related

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