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(en) France, Alternative Libertair #222 - Debate: Prostitution - misunderstandings out (fr) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:38:16 +0200


As part of the festival Equals Equals, held a debate on prostitution to explain two opposing positions on this issue within the feminist movement.
On a subject that often brings passionate debates and polemics and passions, the collective festival tried to put in place a mechanism allowing each party to explain its differences, but also to show its points of agreement. The plateau was formed as follows. Gaëlle Thébaud member of the group, has ensured the presentation of the evening. The sociologist Roland Pfefferkorn, author of an article with a search for objectivity different positions [1], was responsible in his speech to recall a number of factual and show the complexity of empirical situations. Irene Pereira, author of articles published in the journal Prostitution and society, presented the arguments in favor of a position calling for the abolition of prostitution. Malika Amaouche, co-founder of Collective Rights and prostitution, was responsible for its share of arguments expose justifiants recognition of professional status for their opening prostitutes social rights.

The debate between the participants and the audience was held in great serenity and mutual listening. He has no doubt helped to clarify points of divergence, but also points of agreement. Thus, the two parties agreed on the fact that we should not deny the word of prostitutes. However, Irene Pereira stressed that inequality in gender relations and capitalist puts a hint of the consent given by the prostitutes at market exchange. Similarly, participants in the debate agreed on the fact that there is a strong link between many situations of prostitution and economic insecurity. Thus, both parties are unanimous on the fact that the improvement of the basic rights of all members of society could open the possibility for many women to leave prostitution if they wish. The sticking point that remains concerns the granting of rights associated with a profession of prostitute. Such a claim would she provide protection to prostitute es an improvement of the basic rights of all not offer? This claim may she not extend the liberal legitimacy in our society transforming everything into commodities including women's sexuality? Here are some points that are still being debated ...

Irene (AL Orleans)

[1] Roland Pfefferkorn, "Around the organization of a workshop on prostitution: an impossible compromise" Cahiers du Genre, 2007.
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