What is exactly prostitution?
Some say that prostitution is a crime against women, others say it is a profession and even a social service. Overall the meaning of prostitution is the act or practice of engaging in sexual intercourse for money (Strzemien, 2008).
Buying sex in Canada is becoming the real issue. We live in a society where men can buy sex and all the power they have from it. Prostitution is an act of violence and murdering on the streets across Canada. Ontario Superior Court put down laws regulating prostitution leading to a lot of debate. They stroke down 3 key laws leading into discussion which were brought up as provisions against communication for the purpose of prostitution, living off the avails of prostitution, and keeping a common body house. This movie takes a vision in both the buyers and the sellers over this debate about buying sex. Also this film travels to New Zealand and Sweden. These two countries have adopted prostitution into their society. The question is why is prostitution so common throughout our world?
This film brings forward sex workers, prostituted women who want it to end, lawyers, and even male buyers who purchase prostitutes. No government, no religion, no army has been able to stop sex workers. All them want to improve the workers’ safety due to Pickton Case who murdered 27 prostitutes and was Canada’s worst serial killer event.
In the film Buy Sex, Trisha Baptile sets up a strike about prostitution along a street in Canada. She and her people were holding up signs saying, “Sex industry = Paid Rape”, and everyone were wearing shirts saying, “Buying sex is not a sport”. Trisha Baptile talks about how she has been a hooker for about fifteen years and it showed her identity through it. She got very emotional about her decisions she made in the past and said in that moment she chose to do that. Trisha is trying to make a change in the society and is preaching that it is the men who are dangerous and how they pay these women for sex is unsafe.
A lawyer was talking about the prostitution done in Canada and asked a simply question, “ Do prostituting women make them equal? The answer is no because most prostitutes have alcohol syndromes, addictions, and other problems within themselves. Prostitution is harming individual’s and the society around them. So what do others think about prostitution? Even though women know it is dangerous and that they could get harmed and even bruises from this? The video clip below give a recap about this film and what should and should not be done.
Valerie Scott is a sex worker and is not ashamed of it. She has had sex with about 5300 people and she wants to keep this society where men can buy sex. We are all probably thinking WOW fifty three hundred? Yes that is right. Valerie enjoys her job and is proud to talk about her experiences. Why do women give themselves up to these types of men who are willing to pay them? The answer is mostly money! Some women also do it to rather offer herself up to these men than them going to their neighbors or wherever to rape a child. Also when there was a celebration for Toronto sex workers who got it legalized for their work done. This made many people upset due to the fact how dangerous and disgusting this is. There are guys who preach and talk about how they went from being terrified from women to being prostitution is so right. Another guy was saying he has a wife that is a prostitute and how she has not slept in the same bed in ten years and how is okay with that and how his love is still there for her. In other countries prostitution is a common and well known. In New Zealand they have a lot of options for sex workers, having them work for themselves advertising through online and making a big profit from it. In the end it is your choice on if you want to interact in prostitution.
In our class book, Introducing the New Sexuality Studies, the interview with Elizabeth Bernstein,” The Political Economy of Sexual Labor”, this film relates a lot of points to this interview. A question was asked to her on “What large-scale social changes in the economy have impacted sex work? Elizabeth answered, that “economic transformations and sex work are linked through the gentrification of post-industrial cities and the decline of streetwalking as a commercial sexual form” and “with increased police crackdowns on street-walking, a new array of spatially dispersed sexual services emerged to take its place changing the form and functions of urban space by the changes in the social geography of commercial sex” (Page 315-316). Due to this technology has been changing sex work, having more access to the internet for many indoor sex workers to work without third-party management, to conduct one’s business with minimal interference from criminal justice system, and to reap greater profits by honing one’s sales pitch to a more elite and more specialized audience (Page 316). Buying sex has gone to another level in the last couple decades and is still an issue today to some. On your prospective what do you think about prostitution?
Strzemien, Anya. “Prostitution: A User’s Manual.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 11 Mar. 2008. Web.
Bernstein, Elazbeth, “The Political Economy of Sexual Labor”, Introducing the New Sexuality Studies.