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Response 11-20 - ultimately it does nothing to establish human rights for sex workers The voluntary v forced prostitution debates reinforces the

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Sharon Wang Lau Feminist Studies 20 20 October 2008 A Discussion of Forced to Choose: Beyond the Voluntary v. Forced Prostitution Dichotomy by Jo Doezema Should prostitution be banned completely? Should prostitution be recognized inclusive of both willing and unwilling laborers? Should prostitutes even be guaranteed human rights? Who are the criminals and victims in prostitution? These are the questions proposed in Jo Doezema’s article. The dichotomy she identifies is forced versus voluntary prostitution. Some organizations and governments do not acknowledge the differences in prostitution and condemn and move to abolish prostitution, while others accept a distinction in prostitution and wish to counter the exploitation of the “innocent”. Doezema criticizes the dispute, claiming that it tends to exaggerate the innocence of some, which condemns others, reinforce the stereotypical image of the helpless woman, and
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Unformatted text preview: ultimately, it does nothing to establish human rights for sex workers. The voluntary v. forced prostitution debates reinforces the idea of women as victims, as helpless beings needing of rescue. It also punishes women for allegedly being too sexual for choosing to go into prostitution. The dichotomy does nothing to change government regulation of prostitution and does not fight for sex worker’s rights. The movement strongly supports the liberation of the “innocent” prostitutes but shies away from the advancing of rights for prostitutes. Government and organizations need to cooperate with sex workers who are fighting for human rights. There needs to be dialogue between the groups before there can be fair and just treatment. 2...
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2009 for the course WM ST 20 taught by Professor Boris during the Fall '08 term at UCSB.

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