After watching this the film “Buying sex” by Teresa Macinnes and Kent Nason I believe prostitution should be illegal. Canada has many prostitutes in the country and from this it is affecting the society and streets around it. The true definition of prostitution is the act or practice of engaging in sexual intercourse for money (dictionary.com).
I believe that prostitution does not set up equality between the women. The idea of women giving themselves up for men is giving them inequality within their gender, class, and race. Also this is an issue because prostitution is a violation of international law. Prostitutes suffer from violence, abuse, beatings and even rape or other forms of torture. So why do women put themselves in this type of situation? MONEY is the answer… Women need to find another way to help themselves survive other than giving themselves up because it will physically and mentally destroy them.
The movie “Buying Sex” has many different opinions between people who are either prostitutes, male buyers, or women who used to be prostitutes and are willing to fight to stop it. But the main focus in this film is how to bring more safety between the sex workers. Trisha Baptile was a lady who is against prostitution due to her past experience being a hooker for fifteen years and having that identity that she did not want. Trisha went through extreme torture and was glad she got out of it when she did because it was ruining her life. She explains in the movie why prostitution should be illegal. She brings up and discussion the Pickton Case where 27 prostitutes were murdered and how it became Canada’s worst serial killing event. Also of how prostitutes even today they are becoming abducted and disappearing. Everything that Trisha Baptile talks about in this film I agree with because she is trying to end prostitution and make others become aware of the dangers within these men who are harming prostitutes.
One thing that Trisha Baptile did was put a strike on with a bunch of her people in front of a strip club fighting to stop prostitution. A prostitute stood over the balcony fighting for her freedom and yelling at the strikers who showed up in front of the strip club. She was preaching how they have no right to calm down women who choose to do what they do. But Trisha refuses to leave and fights for what she believes in by holding up signs saying “Sex Industry= Paid Rape” and wearing shirts enforcing to stop prostitution within Canada. As Trisha is she getting interviewed she explains how they need to criminalize the male demand and than when that falls through it validates the need to produce the supply, which are the prostitutes, therefore opening up safety measures. Prostitutes are looked down upon leading to violence within themselves and to others.
This video clip shows what others in Canada think about prostitution if it should be allowed or not. The film gave a lot of opinions between one another about the topic. Valerie Scott was a lady who has been a sex worker for most of her life and is trying to keep prostitution alive and legal. One thing that she was proud to express was that she has had sex with 5300 people! After hearing that number what do you think about a woman sleeping with that many people? They pulled male buyers into this film and interviewed them asking their views on prostitution and most of them thought it is totally okay and a great pleasure to themselves and for them to fulfill their needs. But as Trisha Baptile reflects about prostitution she makes some great points on why exactly it should be banned.
In our class book “Introducing the New Sexuality Studies, the interview with Elizabeth Bernstein, she interviewed some male sex workers and compared them to women’s experiences. Some differences were from socially and politically point of view. Male workers are less visible than female workers, and they are not arrested not as much as women. Also those indoor male sex workers often took great pride in offering an experience of bounded authenticity to their clients. When female sex workers offer this, they would call it the “girlfriend experience” and male workers would boast that the best purveyors of the “girlfriend experience were men. Some workers believe that it is a sacred, wonderful, beautiful thing to do for other people to get money for it (page 317). Even though most prostitutes are women there are a lot of men who view themselves as prostitutes today. Prostitution is a choice between the prostitute and the buyer and even though people know the dangers that fall under it they still do. So when is it going to stop?
Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2014.
Bernstein, Elazbeth, “The Political Economy of Sexual Labor”, Introducing the New Sexuality Studies.