Topics: Sex work mythology and abolitionist reality: International battle-lines and Surrogacy as reproductive prostitution: The time for abolition is now.
Sex work mythology and abolitionist reality: International battle-lines
Julie Bindel will critique the global ‘sex workers’ rights’ movement and how its ‘happy hooker’ narrative has come to shape our perceptions of what is misleadingly named as ‘the oldest profession’. She describes alternative efforts to raise the public’s consciousness of the harm of prostitution and efforts to lobby governments to do something about it. Julie's analysis aims to give voice to women who have survived the abusive reality of prostitution.
Julie Bindel is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and researcher. She has been active in the global campaign to end violence towards women and children since 1979 and has written extensively on rape, domestic violence, sexually motivated murder, prostitution and trafficking, child sexual exploitation, stalking, and the rise of religious fundamentalism and its harm to women and girls. Julie has authored over 30 book chapters and reports on a range of topics relating to violence and abuse of women and girls. She contributes regularly to a variety of media outlets including The Guardian newspaper and Sky News.
Surrogacy as reproductive prostitution: The time for abolition is now
Renate Klein will underline the many similarities between all forms of surrogacy and prostitution. She argues that it is misogynist, racist and classist patriarchy that makes it seem acceptable to use women as ‘workstations’ (to borrow Julie Bindel‘s term) in both surrogacy and prostitution. These are both international multibillion businesses that need to be stopped. They can never be regulated to become ‘ethical’ or ‘work‘ as pro-prostitution and pro- surrogacy supporters demand.
Dr Renate Klein is a long-term women‘s health activist who has been working on surrogacy and other reproductive technologies since the early 1980s. She is a founding member of FINRRAGE (Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering) and Stop Surrogacy Now.
About the CPOW Feminist Forum events
The CPOW Feminist Forum events are run in conjunction with The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia (CATWA). CATWA is the Australian branch of CATW International, a Non Governmental Organization having Category II consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. They work locally and internationally to end all forms of sexual exploitation of women, especially the violence of prostitution, trafficking and pornography.