Monatliches Archiv für: ‘März, 2014’

The Guardian: Melissa Gira Grant – I got into sex work to afford to be a writer

American journalist Melissa Gira Grant wants to change the way we think about prostitution and sex work. Rather than dwelling on the „sex“ part, Grant suggests we focus on „work“. By doing so, she argues, sex workers become neither corrupters, nor victims who need rescuing, but workers who need access to healthcare, a safe work environment and protection from abuse …

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ScienceNordic: Andreas Abildlund – Researchers slam plans to criminalise sex work

Twenty-six Danish researchers have signed a protest letter against the European Parliament’s recommendations to criminalise sex work. Politicians ignore most of the research in this field, they argue. They agree with the 91 international researchers who argue against the EU proposal and instead urge politicians to listen to sex workers and their organisations recommending a decriminalisation.

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Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Brigitte Hürlimann – Wegweisendes Zürcher Urteil: Keine Freier-Busse

Der Juwelier Walter Haldemann hat sich mit Erfolg gegen eine sittenpolizeiliche Busse gewehrt. Er war bestraft worden, weil ihn eine Prostituierte ausserhalb der Strichzone angesprochen hatte. Das Bezirksgericht hebt den Schuldspruch nun auf.

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The Economist: Caveat emptor – Britain’s prostitution laws are a mess. The proposed alternatives are worse

SALLY abandoned a job in management to sell sex. She works independently, without the interference of an agency or a pimp. She is not victimised and relishes the fact that she has full control of what she does and when she does it. Her clients are a mix of men and a few women. They are not criminals or rapists; …

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Rank and File: Kaley Kennedy – Sex Work, The Law And The Labour Movement

In early December, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down three laws regulating prostitution in Canada as unconstitutional. Paying or receiving money for sex acts is legal in Canada, but these three laws dealt with specific aspects of sex work: communication for the purpose of paying or receiving money for sex, operating a bawdy house (a brothel), and living off …

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Schwarzwälder Bote: Almut Siefert – Kommentar zur Prostitutio – Wenig befriedigend

Das saarländische Verbot für käuflichen Sex ohne Kondom geht aus Sicht von Baden-Württembergs Sozialministerin Altpeter (SPD) in die falsche Richtung. Sie schlägt gleich vor, die Prostitution komplett zu verbieten. Keine Lösung, findet Almut Siefert. Ganz im Gegenteil… Die Welt der Prostitution ist nicht nur schwarz oder weiß. Es gibt nicht nur Opfer oder die „Pretty Woman“ aus dem gleichnamigen Film …

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ZEIT: Mariam Lau – Was will das Weib?

So paradox es klingt: Viele Feministinnen kennen die Frauen eigentlich nicht besonders gut. Pünktlich zum Internationalen Frauentag kann der deutsche Feminismus einen weiteren seiner traurigen Siege feiern. Das Europäische Parlament hat jetzt beschlossen, in Sachen Prostitution dem „nordischen Modell“ zu folgen: Es soll kein Unterschied mehr zwischen Zwangsprostitution und freiwilliger Prostitution gemacht werden, jeder Freier wird bestraft. Dabei spielt keine …

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SF Weekly: Siouxsie Q – Traffic Jam: Sex Workers Take Sides in the Sex Trafficking Debate

„Teens sold for sex aren’t prostitutes, they’re rape victims.“ That’s what the billboard just a few blocks from my house reads. I live in West Oakland near San Pablo Avenue, where the reality of minors in the sex industry is on my doorstep. The Bay Area, especially Alameda County, was recently named one of the nation’s top sites for child …

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The Nation:  Melissa Gira Grant –  Let’s Call Sex Work What It Is: Work

 This article is adapted from Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work, by Melissa Gira Grant, published by Verso Books as a part of the Jacobin series. There is no one sex industry. Escorting, street hustling, hostessing, stripping, performing sex for videos and webcams—the range of labor that falls under the umbrella of “the sex industry” makes speaking …

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The Guardian: Ashifa Kassam – Spanish ‚prostitution for beginners‘ workshop angers prominent feminists

An enterprising association of sex workers in Barcelona has angered some of Spain’s most prominent feminists by offering an „intro to prostitution“ course in response to what its members say is a growing number of women turning to sex work in the wake of Spain’s financial crisis. At a cost of €45 (£37) a person, the four-hour intensive course for …

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