X-post # 14 [end-violence] Re: Legalization of prostitution

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Subject: X-post # 14 [end-violence] Re: Legalization of prostitution
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Date: Tue Mar 09 1999 - 17:00:08 EST


From: Pramada Menon <pramadam@hotmail.com>
To: end-violence@edc-cit.org
Subject: [end-violence] Re: Legalization of prostitution
Date: Tue, 09 Mar 1999 19:04:18 PST

Hi all,

I have read both Sheila's mail as well as Lacey's mail. I tend to agree
with Lacey, that the main problem seems to lie in the fact that sex is at
the core of it all and that seems to make people rather uneasy.

I live and work in India where the debate on legalisation of prostitution
is carrying on between two very divided camps. Both sides have their valid
points and what is interesting are the issues that the Commissions on the
Status Women are raising. Living in constant fear of the police is not a
pleasant life in addition to the fact that they can't negotiate with the
state at all since there is no space for them. The issues stem around
morality, the positioning of sex and sexuality in India and the disgust
associated with anyone who is employed in the flesh trade.

If one can sell one's brain or physical attributes - in the case of
modelling - why is it so much worse when someone sells their body? Are we
attaching more importance to our vagina over all the other parts of our
body? At the end of this month, I am attending a conference were CSW's
discuss their issues themselves. I hope to learn and maybe I could put out
another message.

If legalisation can help CSW's address violence then why not support them?
Otherwise, they will continue to live in that twilight world, feeling more
marginalised.

Pramada Menon


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