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Review :: Gender
Prostitution and its Social Consequences
21 Mar 2005
Modified: 04:24:03 PM
Sisyphe website delivers cutting edge analysis of women's condition and of other important issues, notably prostitution.
The current movement to decriminalize prostitution has its roots in the general liberalization of the economy and objectively serves its interests. We also hear increasingly, at the United Nations or in the media, statements in which the sex trade is presented as an alternative to economic problems if not even an avenue for development. The interests involved are substantial and it is easy to assume that all resources, whether political or economic or those of the media, will be used to promote the decriminalization of "sex work" and the highly profitable commoditisation of women. Is it necessary to pass legislation that binds the whole of society to the individual demands of a minority that portrays prostitution as a freely made lifestyle choice? Instead, when an international study has shown that 92% of prostituted women would leave the trade if they could, should we not be questioning such assertions ?

A substantial body of research shows that the majority of prostituted women are on average recruited at the age of about 14, after being made vulnerable by the violence in their surroundings, poverty, unemployment or drugs. Is it realistic to assume that at the age of 18, a miracle will occur that suddenly releases them from all constraints? As between juvenile and adult prostitution, there is also a continuum between local prostitution and international trafficking in women for the purpose of prostitution. Criminal gangs import and export women for prostitution in order constantly to offer new women to their clients and maximize their profits.

This article attempts to highlight the essential role played by the client in the perpetuation of prostitution and to show, on the basis of various pieces of research, that a world without prostitution is possible, just as it was possible to abolish slavery and apartheid.

The need for a public debate on prostitution and its social consequences, Elaine Audet
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1626

Others titles on prostitution, pornography and sexual traffic

Helping the prostituted women or promoting prostitution? Letter sent to the Qu├ębec Health Minister (June 20th 2004), Elaine Audet
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1616

The Legalization of Prostitution and its Impact on Trafficking in Women and Children,
Richard Poulin, professor of sociology, University of Ottawa
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1596

"If You Don't Take a Job as a Prostitute, We Can Stop your Benefits", Clare Chapman
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1573

Why Women Must Get out Men's Laps, Andrea Dworkin
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1414

Sweden Treating Prostitution as Violence Against Women, Marie De Santis
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1424

Decriminalize the Prostitutes, not Prostitution, Elaine Audet and Micheline Carrier
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1407

Globalization and the Sex Trade: Trafficking and the Commodification of Women and Children,
Richard Poulin, professor of sociology, University of Ottawa
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=965

Canada Contributes to the Sexual Trafficking of Women for Purposes of Prostitution, Elaine Audet
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=697

The Legalisation of Prostitution: A failed social experiment, Sheila Jeffreys
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=697

Ten Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution, Janice G. Raymond
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=691

Legitimating Prostitution as Sex Work: UN Labour Organization (ILO) Calls for Recognition of the Sex Industry (Part One), Janice G. Raymond
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=689

Legitimating Prostitution as Sex Work: UN International Labour Organization Calls for Recognition of the Sex Industry (Part Two), Janice G. Raymond
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=690

Prostitution: Rights of Women or right to women? Elaine Audet
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=108

Sisyphe publishes regularly new titles on women's condition, including big issues such as wars, biotechnologies, violence, globalization, power relationships, the men's movement, etc. Sisyphe also offers sections dedicated to literature, poetry, education, history and a growing English section. No pop-ups, no advertising, no cookies.

Feminism

Elisabeth Badinter distorts feminism the better to fight it, Elaine Audet
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=720

The "Stolen Feminism" Hoax: Anti-Feminist Attack Based on Error-Filled Anecdotes, Laura Flanders, journalist
<a href="http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=664";>Lire

A report from Status of Women Canada about the discursive denial of gender inequalities, Micheline Carrier
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=533

Islamic Courts

Tribunals Will Marginalize Canadian Muslin Women and Increase Privatization of Family Law, Canadian Council of Muslim Women
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1462

Join the International Campaign against setting up Shari'a court in Canada!
http://www.nosharia.com

Masculinism

Fathers' Rights Groups in Australia and their Engagement with Issues in Family Law, Miranda Kaye et Julia Tolmie, chercheuses
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1309

Will Paternal Paranoia Triumph? Trish Wilson
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=923

For the sake of the children: the law, domestic violence and children contact in England, Lorraine Radford, Marianne Hester, Julie Humphries, Kandy-Sue Woodfield
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=774

Children of divorce need our protection, Michele Landsberg, journalist
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=614

Divorce Bill's flaws inadvertently aid abusers, Michele Landsberg, journalist
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=520

Problem isn't little boys, it's little minds, Michele Landsberg, journalist
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=518

Poetry

Ode to survivors, Elaine Audet
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=810

Lovesick, Louky Bersianik
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1553

Poem for Peace, Elaine Audet
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=346

Violence

Women Rage Against 'Rape' in Northeast India, Syed Zarir Hussain
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1214

Sexual domination in uniform: an american value, Linda Burnham
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1191

The sexual sadism of our culture, in peace and in war, Katharine Viner, "The Guardian"
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1210

Queer theory and violence against women, Sheila Jeffreys
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1053

"I'm going to jail today", Laura Milo
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1271

Court confirms any woman's human right to organize with peers, Suzanne Jay, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=834

Forced marriage as crime, Homa Arjomand
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=1449

Women's Health

Hormone Replacement Therapy, the "Magic Bullet" Ricochets
Abby Lippman, geneticist, McGill University in Montreal
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=688

Friendships between women good for health, Gale Berkowitz,
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=657

Good clone, bad clone? Abby Lippman, geneticist, McGill University in Montreal
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=283

Canadian Women's Health Network, CWHN
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=538

Program produces mother less kids, Liz Richards
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=754

Also :

So hard to say goodbye, Michele Landsberg, journalist
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=746

Peace Rally Speech of a 12 year old American Girl, Charlotte Aldebron
http://sisyphe.org/article.php3?id_article=341

English Section
http://sisyphe.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=48

Sisyphe Home Page (French)
http://sisyphe.org
A great way to brush up on your French. Bookmark it now! Or hyper-link to it!

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