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Legalizing Prostitution
Last Featured: 12/30/2002

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Overview

The world’s oldest profession can be practiced legally in Nevada and in several countries throughout the world. Some feminists argue that in a free society, a woman should be able to use her body as she chooses. The evidence, they say, shows legalization brings regulations and health standards that dramatically reduce the dangers associated with prostitution in other places where bans have done little to stop the practice. However, conservatives and other feminists argue that prostitution is immoral and degrading to women. It’s not a choice, they say, because women are forced into prostitution because of fear, poverty, abuse and desperation. Is decriminalizing prostitution a legitimate option or legalizing oppression?


Guests
Christine Stark is a feminist activist, writer, poet and artist who organizes demonstrations, boycotts, educational bus tours, art shows, and forums against male supremacy. In 1996 she co-founded PISSED Women, which has opposed prostitution and pornography in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1999, she co-founded Escape, an educational organization working to end prostitution and pornography. In 2001, she wrote and produced a video documentary entitled Voices from the Underground: Survivors of Prostitution Speak Out. Working toward her MFA in Writing, Stark currently teaches art to prostituted and battered women in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Carol Leigh has been working as a prostitute, activist and artist in the San Fransisco bay area for the past twenty years. She has written and performed political satire as 'Scarlot Harlot,' a woman who recounts her experiences in San Francisco’s massage parlors. A prolific filmmaker, Leigh has received numerous awards for her documentaries, narratives, music videos, and her weekly public access television show. Her most recent production, Blind Eye To Justice: HIV+ Women Incarcerated in California, narrated by Angela Davis, has played at festivals around the world. As webmistress of the Prostitutes' Education Network, Leigh has coordinated a street outreach project providing health information to street workers in San Francisco.

Closing Quote
"For women, sexual equality with men has become a concrete possibility, while economic and social parity remain elusive. To understand this sexual revolution, we ask you to set aside, at least temporarily, both feminist and conservative dogmas about what is good and bad, right and wrong, when it comes to sex. The suburban woman who gets her thrills from watching male strippers is paying with her admission price to invert the usual relationship between men and women. The born-again Christian woman who imagines her sex life as a service to Jesus has gained purchase to yet another realm of erotic possibilities. Desire takes strange paths through the landscape of inequality."

— Authors Barbara Ehrenreich, Elizabeth Hess and Gloria Jacobs from Re-Making Love

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World Charter for Prostitutes’ Rights
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