Why does prostitution exist?
Before I began to learn more about the sex industry, some of my first answers would have been:
- Lack of social support
- Lack of other viable opportunities
- Low self-esteem
But the older me would like to speak with the younger me about this and explain that answers like these are actually addressing an entirely different question.
One of my favourite Vancouver non-profits, REED (Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity), presents a list of suggestions for direct action on their website: 21 Things You Can Do Today to End Sex Trafficking.
Supreme Court Ruling
On December 20th, 2013, the three provisions of the Criminal Code regulating the sex industry were struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada. The overturned provisions prohibited the following activities: Continue reading
Earlier this month, I wrote about the Adult Entertainment ads dominating the back pages of many newspapers. Today, I want to focus on the racial stereotyping that further marginalizes particular groups of women. Continue reading
The survival and advancement of the sex industry relies on certain messages, and this one underlies them all: it is normal and acceptable for men to rent the bodies of women.
Somehow, the idea of a man visiting a strip club or a massage parlour is something we take lightly, joke about, or even encourage amongst ourselves. Continue reading
Last week, CBC’s Doc Zone aired a documentary called Why Men Cheat. Since then, I’ve tasked myself with watching, re-watching and transcribing it, all the while trying not to become too bitter.
Lab Coats and Lingerie Continue reading
Here it is: my first blog post!
Allow me to introduce myself. My given name is Suzanne. According to various baby name websites, this is the French version of the Hebrew name Shoshana, which means lily. This doesn’t really tell you anything about me, but maybe you’ll get a sense from my writing. Continue reading