Prostitution, Politics & Policy by Roger Matthews

By Roger Matthews

Prostitution has develop into a very topical factor in recent times and a spotlight has targeted either at the state of affairs of woman prostitutes and the adequacy of latest different types of law. Prostitution, Politics & Policy brings jointly the most debates and concerns linked to prostitution that allows you to research the diversity of coverage ideas which are on hand.

Governments in several elements of the area were suffering to increase optimistic guidelines to house prostitution – as, for instance, the British domestic place of work lately instigated a £1.5 million programme to aid tackle the perceived difficulties of prostitution. within the context of this fight, and amidst the book of assorted coverage files, Prostitution, Politics & Policy develops a clean method of realizing this factor, whereas featuring quite a number what are noticeable as innovative and radical coverage proposals. a lot of the talk round prostitution has been polarized among liberals – who wish prostitution decriminalized, normalized and humanized – and conservatives – who've argued that prostitution will be abolished. yet, drawing on quite a lot of overseas literature, and supplying an summary that is either available to scholars and suitable to coverage makers and practitioners, Roger Matthews proposes a sort of radical realism that's irreducible to both of those positions.

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Davis 2000: 139–40) Associated with this conception of the ‘happy hooker’ is an underlying belief that women enjoy selling sex and that this gives them a real sense of independence (Dalla 2000). Closely attached to the notion of the ‘happy hooker’ is the concept of the prostitute having a ‘heart of gold’. In these depictions the emphasis is either on the ‘high life’ and the potential earnings, or alternatively that prostitutes are a caring group of people who are providing sexual and emotional support to lonely, single men.

Indeed, if they were simply wrong it would be difficult to explain their widespread adoption. Most myths have a rational core, although in some cases this core is extremely thin and weak. In line with Roland Barthes (1973) the term ‘myth’ is used to suggest that these propositions constitute at best a partial or one-sided account and that in some cases they may involve exaggerations or distortions. As Barthes argues the proliferation of myths removes contradictions and reduces the richness of reality.

In this chapter the aim is to critically review some of the prevalent myths, albeit in a necessarily brief and at times cursory way. A full examination of these myths would necessarily have to examine the assumptions and metatheories on which they are based. Instead, the aim here is to engage in a reconsideration of these often taken-for-granted conceptions and to develop an awareness of how these (mis)conceptions shape views on prostitution and in turn affect policy formation. As will become evident these myths are often interconnected and mutually reinforcing.

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