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Monday, October 11, 2010

Canadian Feminists divided over Prostitution

SEX - Prostitution is legal in Canada, but there are a lot of things which restrict how a sex worker is allowed to ply their trade in Canada. Recently Justice Susan Himel of the Ontario Superior Court struck down the following sections of the Canadian Criminal Code:

Section 210, which prohibits maintaining, owning or being a member of a “common bawdy-house.” The result is that brothels are no longer illegal in Canada.

Why is this important? Because brothels are safer than walking the streets or answering outcalls. With brothels comes security and bouncers for kicking out the rowdy men who don't follow the rules.

Section 212(1)(j), which affects those living “wholly or in part on the avails of prostitution of another person.”

With this struck down, prostitutes are able to support dependents, including children and partners. It also means that if they run a brothel they can pay to have a bouncer, an accountant, desk clerks, etc.

Section 213(1)(c), best known as the “communicating law,” which prevents street prostitutes from screening clients before putting themselves at risk.

With this gone prostitutes can now screen individuals they choose to have sex with, often because they don't feel comfortable with the person. Examples: Too creepy, scary looking, is a member of the NRA, or even just plain ugly.

The constitutional challenge was made by members of the Sex Professionals of Canada (SPOC) because they felt these laws were unfair and dangerous to the lives of sex workers, regardless of their intent.

Justice Susan Himel agreed and these laws were struck down because they endangered the health and safety of sex workers.

There are those feminists out there that argue that allowing brothels and screening will lead to an increase in pimping (which is still illegal in Canada) and organized crime / trafficking of women.

In major Canadian cities prostitution is not only common, its easy to find. Just open a NOW magazine in Toronto, flip to the back pages and you'll find advertisements for both male and female sex workers. You can also go to Craigslist or Kijiji. Or you can walk down one of the less reputable streets in the middle of the night.

For feminists however there is a huge ideological gap.

  • In the right corner we have the anti-sex-trade feminists, who believe prostitution should be completely illegal and that prostitutes should essentially be rounded up, forced to go to university and get decent jobs like the rest of us.

  • In the left corner we have the pro-choice feminists, who believe prostitution is going to happen regardless of what laws we implement because women sometimes just get desperate and are in a bad situation. They believe sex workers need to be protected, given more options for their personal safety and given choices so they can decide for themselves what they want to do with their lives.

    Its actually very similar to the whole "women have the right to a safe abortion" argument. On the right side we have people who oppose abortion entirely. On the left side we have people who believe abortions are going to happen regardless and thus we should try and make it as safe as possible.

    This isn't so much about "right and wrong", its about ensuring the safety of women who make those decisions, because they're going to make those decisions anyway regardless of what laws are out there. They're desperate enough to try anything.

    Justice Susan Himel of the Ontario Superior Court struck down as unconstitutional the bawdy house provision, which by preventing sex workers from sharing premises that ensured their common safety, increased their risk of exposure to violence.

    The “living off the avails” section, which criminalizes those being supported by a sex worker, was meant to target pimps, it also affects a prostitute's live-in family, including partners, parents and children, as well as security guards or bouncers who might protect her.

    The communication law was declared unconstitutional because experts all agree the greatest danger to street sex workers is their inability to safely screen johns before jumping into their cars.

    “For me it's not complicated to understand why there's a divide: it's two visions,” says Diane Matte of Montreal's Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation, who has a street-level view of the sex worker industry. “The SPOC women do not hide the fact that they want to open brothels,” says Matte.

    That much is certainly true. SPOC wants to open brothels and make prostitution a lot safer through government regulation and private security. The brothels would be owned by the prostitutes themselves, not by pimps.

    Matte wants a Nordic model, such as the laws currently in place in Iceland and Sweden, which has decriminalized sex workers while criminalizing their clients. But all that does is cause prostitution to driven further underground, where violence is more likely to happen.

    “As a criminologist I can guarantee you that that doesn't work because it doesn't remove the criminal element from prostitution,” says O'Doherty, who teaches at the University of the Fraser Valley. Making demand illegal only serves to drive sex workers underground, she says.

    As the world's oldest profession prostitution will never be eradicated until we've eradicated poverty entirely. And even then we will have another problem, women who don't have sex for money but instead just "slut themselves around willy-nilly for kicks". (For reference being slutty isn't a sin per se, but doing so without regard to personal safety, the safety of others, and ignoring the feelings of others is a cause for concern.)

    And lets face it, there's way more sluts than there is prostitutes.

    The primary difference however is that sluts have the option of screening their sexual partners and can have sex in the privacy of their own homes if they choose to. They can be safe about it.

    Which is what sex workers want to. Safety.

    Eventually they will hopefully find a different job, go back to school, etc. There is no pension plan when you're a sex worker. Eventually even sex workers have to start thinking about retirement.
  • Thursday, October 7, 2010

    The World's 100 Most Powerful Women?

    POLITICS - According to Forbes the list down below shows the world's most powerful women in 2010.

    However this list is extremely Americentric. 70% of the women are Americans, quite a few of them are entertainers (ie. Does Lady Gaga really deserve the #7 spot? Or Katie Couric #22?)... And to be honest, most of them you probably have never even heard of because they're not that famous.

    A lot of the non-American women are presidents, CEOs or First Ladies of their countries, with very few exceptions. One of them is just a presidential candidate in Brazil... so apparently just running for president in a country makes you one of the top 100 according to Forbes.

    A few are supermodels or athletes. Seriously, how does that make them powerful? By selling lingerie or tennis raquets?

    Its all utter nonsense.

    So BOOOOOO to Forbes and their phoney baloney list. They are just like making lists apparently to fill space, satisfy their idiot readers and get attention. Boooo!

    Michelle Obama
    First Lady 46 United States

    Irene Rosenfeld
    Chief Executive, Kraft Foods 57 United States

    Oprah Winfrey
    Talk show host and media mogul 56 United States

    Angela Merkel
    Chancellor 56 Germany

    Hillary Clinton
    Secretary of State 62 United States

    Indra Nooyi
    Chief Executive, PepsiCo 54 United States

    Lady Gaga
    Singer and performance artist 24 United States

    Gail Kelly
    Chief Executive, Westpac 54 Australia

    Beyonce Knowles
    Singer, fashion designer 29 United States

    Ellen DeGeneres
    Talk show host 52 United States

    Nancy Pelosi
    Speaker of the House 70 United States

    Angela Braly
    Chief Executive, Wellpoint 49 United States

    Janet Napolitano
    Secretary, Homeland Security 52 United States

    Cynthia Carroll
    Chief Executive, Anglo American 53 United States

    Sheila Bair
    Chair, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 56 United States

    Sarah Palin
    Political maverick and commentator 46 United States

    Mary Schapiro
    Chair, Securities and Exchange Commission 55 United States

    Ellen Kullman
    Chief Executive, DuPont 54 United States

    Sonia Sotomayor
    Supreme Court Justice 56 United States

    Ursula Burns
    Chief Executive, Xerox 51 United States

    Angelina Jolie
    Actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador 35 United States

    Katie Couric
    News anchor 53 United States

    Kathleen Sebelius
    Secretary, Health & Human Services 62 United States

    Anne Lauvergeon
    Chief Executive, Areva 51 France

    Elena Kagan
    Supreme Court Justice 50 United States

    Patricia Woertz
    Chief Executive, Archer Daniels Midland Co. 57 United States

    Melinda Gates
    Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 46 United States

    Arianna Huffington
    Founder and editor-in-chief, Huffington Post 60 United States

    Singer, fashion designer 52 United States

    Ho Ching
    Chief Executive, Temasek Holdings 57 Singapore

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Supreme Court Justice 77 United States

    Maria Ramos
    Chief Executive, Absa Group Banks 51 South Africa

    Chelsea Handler
    Talk show host and author 35 United States

    Tina Brown
    Cofounder and editor-in-chief, The Daily Beast 56 United States

    Carla Bruni-Sarkozy
    First Lady 42 France

    Lynn Laverty Elsenhans
    Chief Executive, Sunoco 54 United States

    Elizabeth Warren
    Assistant to the President and Special Adviser to the Secretary of Treasury 61 United States

    Ana Patricia Botin
    Chair, Banesto bank 49 Spain

    Heidi Klum
    Model and producer 37 United States

    Meredith Vieira
    Co-anchor 56 United States

    Queen Elizabeth II
    Monarch 84 United Kingdom

    Carol Bartz
    Chief Executive, Yahoo! 62 United States

    Christine Lagarde
    Finance Minister 54 France

    Sallie Krawcheck
    President, Global Wealth & Investment Management, Bank of America 45 United States

    Sarah Jessica Parker
    Actor and fashion designer 45 United States

    Diane Sawyer
    News anchor 64 United States

    Meg Whitman
    Gubernatorial candidate, California 54 United States

    Marina Berlusconi
    Chair, Mondadori and Fininvest Group 44 Italy

    Stephenie Meyer
    Author 36 United States

    Rachel Maddow
    Talk show host 37 United States

    Carly Fiorina
    Senatorial candidate, California 56 United States

    Guler Sabanci
    Chair, Sabanci Holding 54 Turkey

    Maria Shriver
    First Lady, California 54 United States

    Carol Meyrowitz
    Chief Executive, TJX companies 56 United States

    Serena Williams
    Athlete 28 United States

    Anna Wintour
    Editor-in-Chief, Vogue 60 United States

    Andrea Jung
    Chief Executive, Avon Products 52 United States

    Julia Gillard
    Prime Minister 48 Australia

    Abigail Johnson
    President, Fidelity Personal, Workplace and Institutional Services 48 United States

    Venus Williams
    Athlete 30 United States

    Suze Orman
    Author and personal finance guru 59 United States

    Tarja Halonen
    President 66 Finland

    Marjorie Scardino
    Chief Executive, Pearson PLC 63 United States

    Mary McAleese
    President 59 Ireland

    Annika Falkengren
    Chief Executive, SEB 48 Sweden

    Sheryl Sandberg
    Chief Operating Officer, Facebook 41 United States

    Cathleen Black
    Chair, Hearst Magazines 66 United States

    Cristina Fernandez
    President 57 Argentina

    Anne Sweeney
    Co-chair, Disney Media Networks 52 United States

    Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi
    Minister of Economy 51 United Arab Emirates

    Chua Sock Koong
    Group Chief Executive, Singapore Telecommunications 51 Singapore

    Gisele Bundchen
    Model and fashion designer 30 Brazil

    Christiane Amanpour
    Anchor 52 United States

    Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned
    First Lady 50 Qatar

    Susan Ivey
    Chief Executive, Reynolds American 51 United States

    Queen Rania Al Abdullah
    Monarch 40 Jordan

    Nancy McKinstry
    Chief Executive, Wolters Kluwer 51 United States

    Rachael Ray
    Talks show host and author 42 United States

    Nikki Finke
    Founder and blogger, Deadline Hollywood Daily 56 United States

    Johanna Sigurdardottir
    President 67 Iceland

    Jing Ulrich
    Managing director and chair, China Equities and Commodities, J.P. Morgan Chase 43 United States

    Laura Sen
    Chief Executive, BJ's Wholesale Club 54 United States

    Laura Chinchilla
    President 51 Costa Rica

    Mary Callahan Erdoes
    Chief Executive, Asset Management, JP Morgan Chase 43 United States

    Janet L. Robinson
    Chief Executive and President 60 United States

    Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
    President 71 Liberia

    Amy Pascal
    Co-Chair, Sony Pictures Entertainment 52 United States

    Tory Burch
    Fashion designer 44 United States

    Shikha Sharma
    Chief Executive, Axis Bank 49 India

    Sun Yafang
    Chair, Huawei Technologies 54 China

    Vera Wang
    Fashion designer 61 United States

    Chanda Kocchar
    Chief Executive, ICICI Bank 48 India

    Danica Patrick
    Race car driver 28 United States

    Maha Al-Ghunaim
    Cofounder and chair, Global Investment House 50 Kuwait

    Dilma Rousseff
    Presidential candidate 62 Brazil

    Donna Karan
    Fashion designer 61 United States

    Angela Ahrendts
    Chief Executive, Burberry Group 50 United States

    Ellen Alemany
    Chief Executive, Citizens Financial Group 54 United States

    Martha Stewart
    Lifestyle Guru 69 United States

    Dominique Senequier
    Chief Executive, AXA Private Equity 57 France

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