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A man of the world addresses a young woman of easy virtue

“A service like any other,
But don’t tell your mother
As she
Is not like you and me.
We see
The truth plain
(which many distain)
That for the right price
He Can frequently have the She
Of his choosing
And vice
Is a call
Or click away.
How easy ‘tis to fall
Off a log, and oft we lack
The will to climb back”.

Being and Being Bought: An interview with Kajsa Ekis Ekman.

An interesting post on Feminist Current entitled Being and Being Bought: An interview with Kajsa Ekis Ekman. The author is a supporter of the Nordic model of prostitution law under which clients are punished. For the interview please visit http://feministcurrent.com/8514/being-and-being-bought-an-interview-with-kajsa-ekis-ekman/.
The views expressed in the above interview are diametrically opposed to those set out in my post of 28 March in which 2 academics argue that the Nordic model of prostitution law reform does not do what it says on the tin (I.E. it fails to protect those engaged in sex work and actually harms prostitutes), http://newauthoronline.com/2014/03/28/the-nordic-model-of-prostitution-law-reform-is-a-myth-a-post-on-the-conversation-argues/).
I haven’t read Ekman’s book (one more weighty tome to add to my ever growing list of “must reads”). I am, however a little concerned regarding the (apparent) comments policy of Feminist Current. The overwhelming majority of the comments on the interview with Ekman endorse her perspective and comments in respect of other posts are, by and large non-critical of the blogger’s message. I usually wouldn’t comment on the comments policy adopted by other bloggers however having attempted to comment several times only to see my comments not appear I have reached the conclusion that Feminist Currentt only (or largely) accepts comments which endorse it’s ideological perspective. If this is, indeed the case then it is a great pity as it is through debate, the cut and thrust of differing opinions that democracy lives. The only comments I have ever not approved are those which clearly belong in the spam queue for debate is one of the things which makes blogging interesting. I don’t want newauthoronline to become a blog where debate is curtailed but other bloggers appear to think differently.

The Nordic Model Of Prostitution Law Reform Is A Myth A Post On “The Conversation” Argues

A very interesting article on The Conversation by May-Len Skilbrei, Associate Professor at University of Oslo and Charlotta Holmström, Assistant Professor at Malmö University, entitled “The Nordic Model of Prostitution Law Is A Myth”.

The “Nordic model” of prostitution is often heralded for being particularly progressive and woman-friendly, built on a feminist definition of prostitution
as a form of male violence against women.
France
has moved to adopt a Nordic-inspired approach; policy makers are
urging
the UK to do the same. But the idea of such a model is misleading, and in no way tells the whole truth about what is going on in the region where it supposedly
applies.

We recently gave a talk titled “The Nordic model of prostitution policy does not exist”. The aim was to provoke reflection and a discussion, but also to
tell the truth about prostitution policies in the Nordic countries.

We have researched Nordic prostitution policies since the mid-nineties, and in particular headed a large comparative
project
on Nordic prostitution policies and markets in 2007-2008. In our work, we examined how Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden approach prostitution
through criminal justice and welfare policies, and reviewed the evidence for how these policies impact Nordic prostitution markets and the people who work
in them.

We found that the differences not only between, but also within, the Nordic countries are too great for there to be anything like a shared “Nordic” model
– and that the case for their success is far more fraught than popular support would suggest.

Only Sweden, Norway and Iceland have acts unilaterally criminalising the purchase of sex. Finland has a partial ban; Denmark has opted for decriminalisation.
The “Nordic model”, then, is in fact confined to only three countries.

These countries’ laws prohibiting the purchase of sex are often
depicted
as ways to redistribute the guilt and shame of prostitution from the seller to the buyer of sex. However, this was by no means the only argument for their
introduction. Contrary to many common
feminist appraisals,
these laws do not in fact send a clear message as to what and who is the problem with prostitution; on the contrary, they are often implemented in ways
that produce negative outcomes for people in prostitution.

In truth, while these laws have attracted flattering attention
internationally,
the politics and practices associated with them are very complex. In particular, they are sometimes applied in conjunction with other laws, by-laws and
practices specifically aimed at pinning the blame for prostitution on people who sell sex, particularly if they are migrants. For these and other reasons,
the Nordic countries’ approaches must be judged with caution – and none more so than the most popular example, the case of Sweden.

Where Sweden leads

Sweden often attracts particular attention in discussions of how to deal with prostitution, not least since reports from the Swedish government conclude
that the law there has been a success.

It has often been
stated
that the number of women in visible prostitution in Sweden has decreased since the Sex Purchase Act (Sexköpslagen) was introduced in 1999; the Swedish
police
describe
the act as an efficient tool for keeping trafficking away from Sweden. The law has broad support among the general public in Sweden, and this has been

interpreted
as a result of the law having its intended normative effect on opinions of prostitution. But given the available evidence, none of these points is fully
convincing.

The claim that the number of people involved in prostitution has declined, for one, is largely based on the work of organisations that report on specific
groups they work with, not the state of prostitution more generally: social workers, for example, count and get an impression based on their contact with
women in street prostitution in the largest cities. There is no reason to believe that other forms of prostitution, hidden from view, are not still going
on.

The oft-cited 2010
Skarhed report
acknowledges this – but still concludes that the law is a success based on the number of women in contact with social workers and police. Men involved
in prostitution, women in indoor venues, and those selling sex outside the larger cities are therefore excluded from the scope of the report.

This excessive focus on street prostitution handicaps many
accounts
of the law’s implementation, which tend to simply repeat Swedish authorities’ claims that the Sex Purchase Act has influenced the size of the prostitution
markets. They ignore the fact that since 1999 or so, mobile phones and the internet have largely taken over the role face-to-face contact in street prostitution
used to have – meaning a decline in contacts with women selling sex in the traditional way on the streets of Sweden cannot tell the whole story about the
size and form of the country’s prostitution markets.

Meanwhile, the Swedish Sex Purchase Act is often
said
to be an effective tool against human trafficking. The evidence for this claim is weak; Swedish authorities have backed it up with
something said
in a call intercepted by the police. The official data that does exist is vague;
some authors
have also pointed out that the act may have raised prices for sex, making trafficking for sexual purposes potentially more lucrative than ever.

There is also scant evidence for the claim that the law has had its advertised effect on the perception of prostitution and people in prostitution. Even
though
surveys
among the general public indicate great support for the law, the same material also shows a rather strong support for a criminalisation of sex sellers.
This contradicts the idea that the law promotes an ideal of gender equality: instead, the criminalisation of sex buyers seems to influence people to consider
the possibility of criminalising sex sellers as well. This rather confounds the idea that the “Nordic model” successfully shifts the stigma of prostitution
from sex sellers to clients.

Values in practice

Ultimately, prostitution laws targeting buyers have complex effects on people far beyond those they are meant to target. In addition to this complicating
factor, the Nordic countries also police prostitution using various other laws and by-laws. Some of these regulations do, in fact, assume that the women
who sell sex are to be punished and blamed for prostitution. This goes to show that one should be careful in concluding that Nordic prostitution policies
are guided by progressive feminist ideals, or that they necessarily seek to protect women involved in prostitution. The most telling example of this the
way the Nordic countries treat migrants who sell sex.

In Sweden this is embodied by the
Aliens Act,
which forbids foreign women from selling sex in Sweden and is used by the police to apprehend non-Swedish or migrant persons suspected of selling sex.
This reveals the limits of the rhetoric of female victimisation, with clients framed as perpetrators: if the seller is foreign, she is to blame, and can
be punished with deportation.

In Norway, we see similar gaps between stated ideology, written policies, and practice. Even though it is completely legal to sell sex, women involved in
prostitution are victims of increased police, neighbour and border controls which stigmatise them and make them more vulnerable. The increased control
the Norwegian police exert on prostitution markets so as to identify clients includes
document checks
on women involved in prostitution so as to find irregulars among them. Raids performed in the name of rescue often end with vulnerable women who lack residence
permits being deported from Norway.

Taken together, the Nordic countries’ ways of approaching prostitution have been presented nationally and understood internationally as expressions of a
shared understanding of prostitution as a gender equality problem, an example of how women’s rights can be enshrined in anti-prostitution law. But after
looking closely at how the laws have been proposed and implemented, we beg to differ.

For the original article please visit, http://theconversation.com/the-nordic-model-of-prostitution-law-is-a-myth-21351).

 

Prostitute and Client

Purveyor of fantasies and lust without love you stand. Lonely men are tempted to forget themselves becoming lost in your barren land. Frantic couplings attempting to numb the pain, after lust the void returns again. Emptiness calls to emptiness, pain without end, no broken hearts in your arms can thee mend.

Samantha by Kevin Morris – Liverpool and forced prostitution

My forthcoming novel, Samantha is set in the city of Liverpool and tells the story of a young girl, Samantha who is forced into prostitution by her brutal pimp Barry.

Having been born and brought up in the city of Liverpool I can vouch for the fact that Liverpudlians are a warm and friendly lot. Unlike London and other large cities the inhabitants of Liverpool say good morning to strangers a trait which raises eyebrows among visitors who are unfamiliar with the people of the North-West of England. However Samantha is not about the warmth and generosity of the people of Liverpool, it deals with the brutal reality of a young woman compelled to work as a prostitute in that city.

Can Samantha escape the world of sex slavery or will she end her life in the cold and murky waters of Liverpool’s Albert Dock? Perhaps her love for Peter (a teacher she meets in a night club) will save her, perhaps not.

Currently Samantha exists in partial draft form on my blog (http://newauthoronline.com/2013/02/02/samantha-part-12/). Once completed Samantha will be published as an ebook and, possibly in good old fashioned hard copy as well! For part 12 of Samantha which links back to previous chapters please visit the above link.

The First Time by Kevin Morris can be bought on Amazon for £0,77

My collection of short stories, The First Time is available from Amazon for £0,77 (it usually retails on Amazon at a cost of £1,53). In this collection of short stories I explore why young women enter the world of prostitution while other stories look at what happens when the worlds of sex and technology collide.
In “The First Time”, the first story in this collection, we meet Becky a young graduate who enters the world of prostitution in order to clear her debts. The story looks at the effects of prostitution on Becky and her fellow escort and friend Julie. In “The Pain Behind the Smile” Issie presents her friend, Peter with a birthday cake, however things are not what they seem.
In “Lucy” the acquaintances of a crusty old bachelor speculate how he could attract and retain the affections of a beautiful young woman. As with “The Pain Behind the Smile” things are far from what they seem.
“Hemlock” explores what happens when machines attain the capacity to appreciate high culture. The story is both humorous and deeply serious.

For The First Time by Kevin Morris please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-First-Time-ebook/dp/B00AIK0DD6/ref=dp_return_2?ie=UTF8&n=341677031&s=digital-text

 

Mind Your Language

I have an intense dislike of foul language. To me the casual use of swear words conveys that the person indulging in such behaviour  is either immature or possesses an extremely limited vocabulary and can not comprehend how to express themselves other than by swearing. Of course I am no plaster saint. I do, on occasions swear, however my use of four letter words is, almost always confined to instances such as when I stub my toe painfully on furniture and is, almost always an involuntary response to acute pain.

While I loathe the unthinking use of foul language for the reasons set out above, characters in my most recent collection of short stories, The First Time do use language which I, personally find offensive. However the employment of foul language is an integral part of that characters response to an extreme and highly stressful situation. For me to avoid the use of such language because I find it offensive would be a betrayal of literary integrity, it simply wouldn’t represent a credible response by the people in The First Time to the circumstances which confront them. For example take the following passage from The First Time in which Julie, a prostitute is faced by a client who is determined to have unprotected sex with her despite Julie’s determination that the man must use a condom

“The client rolled on top of Julie and opening her legs thrust forward attempting to penetrate her. “What the hell are you doing? I don’t have unprotected

sex” Julie yelled pulling away from him. “I’m clean, I don’t have anything”! “”Either we use a Durex or I’m out of here”! The man swore vilently but submitted

as Julie rolled a condom down over his erect penis. He mounted her and began to hump away.

 

Some sixth sense told Julie that something was not quite right. She could feel the guy’s hand fiddling around with the condom. “What the fuck do you think

you are doing?!” Julie jerked her body away but she was to late. The client shot inside her leaving the condom lying like a deflated balloon on the matress.

“You selfish bastard, what the hell do you think you are doing”. “you’ve been paid now just fuck off out of my flat”.

For Julie to have said “excuse me but would you mind terribly using a condom as it will protect both you and I” rather than reacting as she does in the above passage would not be credible. In fact it would be risible. No, Julie’s response is authentic in that it is how one would expect a sex worker to react given the same set of circumstances. The language employed by prostitutes and their customers is often peppered with four letter words. Clients do not say “Can I make love to you?” they are more likely to say as nick, a minor character in my online novel, Samantha says, “I want to fuck”. Nick’s desire for sex is wholly unconnected with tenderness or love, consequently it would not be in character for him to say “I want to make love”.

In summary the casual use of foul language merely as a means to shock is to be deplored, however its employment in the context of literary integrity can (and should) be vigorously defended.

(to purchase The First Time by Kevin Morris please visit the Kindle Store on amazon.co.uk or amazon.com).

Extract from my forthcoming book, “The First Time”

Below is an extract from my forthcoming book of short stories, “The First Time”. The first story in my collection is entitled “The First Time” and explores why Becky, a young graduate with a first class degree in English literature enters the world of prostitution as a professional escort girl. The extract follows on from Becky’s first encounter with a customer

“Becky pulled open the car door and flung herself into Julie’s arms.

Julie hugged her friend close neither girl speaking for several

minutes. “God it was horrible. I can’t believe what I’ve just done up

there” Becky said eventually breaking the silence. Julie could think

of nothing that could serve as anything other than a wholly inane

response to Becky’s distress so kept her peace. “Julie are they all as

awful as Mike”! “Beks there are guys much, much worse than Mike Carter

believe me!” “I can’t believe that Jules!” “Becks I recently saw a

bloke who asked me to dress up in a school uniform and pretend to be

his 14-year-old daughter. He wanted me to call him daddy while he screwed me”. “You told him where to go didn’t you Jules?” Julie looked out of

the window into the dark night  for a long time without speaking.

“Lets get you home Becks” she said after what seemed an age.”

(“The First Time” is scheduled for publication in December. For a limited period I am giving away free copies to my blog’s followers. If you would like a free copy of “The First Time” please send an e-mail to drewdog2060 at Tiscali.co.uk. The address is rendered in this manner to attempt to defeat spammers).