Opendemocracy.net: What lies beneath prostitution policy in New Zealand?

What lies beneath prostitution policy in New Zealand?
Article by Maddy Coy and Pala Molisa on opendemocracy.net

The rosy rhetoric that surrounds prostitution policy in New Zealand is being exposed by survivors of the prostitution system and the way that harm is glossed over by defenders of this approach.

 

Click here to read the full article.

 

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Breaking the silence on prostitution and rape culture

When Pala Molisa argued in an article on E-Tangata that prostitution was a form of male violence against women that’s fuelling our rape culture — and that the government was wrong to legalise it in 2003 — he was accused of being “whorephobic”. Sex work was empowering, said his critics, and sex workers weren’t selling their bodies, but a service, much like the dentist or physio. Click here for Pala’s response to that.  

 

White Ribbon — too white and too polite

Anti-violence campaigns like White Ribbon are all about men being “part of the solution”. Around White Ribbon Day each November, for example, men are encouraged to “Take the Pledge”, go on anti-violence marches, and do more to speak out against the crisis of male violence against women.

And fair enough, too, because this crisis is one of the most important we face as a society. In New Zealand, a third of all women experience physical violence from a partner. Globally, a third of all women will be beaten or raped in their lifetime.

Some people see this increased activity by men in anti-violence campaigns as progressive — as feminist successes. But I don’t think they are. And I can’t bring myself to support them because, by and large, they’re just too white and too polite.

Click here to continue reading Pala Molisa’s article on E-Tangata.