Anti-sex work feminism, a history thread: For about 2 centuries, middle-class etc women have been involved in campaigns about prostitution. Many had heart-felt reasons, & there were even campaigns to decriminalize prostitution & ensure better rights for women who sold sex. BUT...
For the most part, these campaigns were about public morality, social control, and the maintenance of a system of cheap, feminised labour that served the interests of the wealthy. They denigrated and criminalized women’s attempts to make a living wage by selling sex...
while celebrating their own ‘rescue efforts’: that is, retraining women to work in domestic service. It was a lucrative business in an age of domestic labour shortage: getting young women, in the words of historian April Haynes, ‘out of brothels and into kitchens’.
A feminism that advocates for selling sex to be pushed underground & made more dangerous, but sees no problem with hiring women to scrub their toilets for nothing close to a living wage, belongs in the very distant past. I hope one day it will truly be history.

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17 Mar
The UK’s proposed #EndDemand bill; a #DecrimNow history thread:

‘Prostitution is a grievous vice’, wrote feminist Alison Neilans in 1919. To her, prostitution was morally wrong & harmful to women. Then, she continued: ‘but it cannot be made a crime without grave injustice.’
Yesterday, an amendment criminalizing the purchase of sex was added to the already controversial Policing and Crimes Bill. As much as Alison Neilans, the leading anti-prostitution campaigner of her day, hated prostitution, I know she would have opposed this. Why?
Because she knew that such laws were impossible to prosecute fairly. Laws directed against women who sold sex or men who bought it rested on stigma & too much police power. She understood that criminalizing one side would inevitably infringe on the rights of the other.
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