Several sides to this story: feminist views of prostitution reform

Alison Laurie

in Taking the crime out of sex work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9781847423344
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303664 | DOI:
Several sides to this story: feminist views of prostitution reform

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During the process of the decriminalisation of sex work in New Zealand, several sentiments arose. Of particular interest were the feminist sentiments that both opposed and supported the cause for law reform. This chapter explores the diverse New Zealand feminist views. It uses examples submitted to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee that considered the Prostitution Reform Bill. The submissions selected in the chapter are those from self-identified feminist individuals or organisations or from men and women whose arguments could be considered as feminist. Of the 222 submissions received by the committee, 56 are considered in this chapter, wherein 40 supported decriminalising prostitution and 16 opposed it. The present chapter aims to serve as a guide to achieving a good understanding of the range of arguments based on feminist ideas presented to the committee. It also includes extracts from a published article by a New Zealand feminist, and some influential international feminist literature when deemed necessary. Although the chapter considers prostitution from an international feminist view, it mainly focuses on the views expressed by New Zealand feminists.

Keywords: decriminalisation; sex work; feminist sentiments; Prostitution Reform Bill; feminist views; decriminalising prostitution; New Zealand feminists; international feminist literature

Chapter.  7583 words. 

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