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Visit REED at Half The Sky
Women hold up half the sky!
Come visit REED at the Canadian Half the Sky event on May 11, Park Royal, West Vancouver from 10am-5pm.
Learn how you can engage in meaningful change to end the global sexual exploiation of women and girls..
In Her Own Words: Hearing The Stories of Prostituted Women
You are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day with REED on March 8
by attending a film screening and discussion of “The Fallacy,” by Ève Lamont.
Filmed in Quebec, Ève’s film takes a candid look at prostitution through
interviews with dozens of women who have exited and those who are still involved
in the sex industry.
Before making the film Ève talked to 75 women in the sex trade to hear the
stories hidden under the veneer of the popular conception of prostitution from “Pretty Woman” and “Secret Diary of a Call Girl.” Her skillful filmmaking gives us an opportunity to hear from women with a variety of experiences, sit with their stories, and consider how we might respond both individually and collectively.
Location: Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, 1803 1st Ave E
Date: March 8, 2013
Parking: Free parking in lot at 1st Ave and Victoria Drive
The film we be followed by a short discussion time.
Comparing Sex Buyers With Men Who Don't Buy Sex
This month we're highlighting a report out of Boston, "Comparing Sex Buyers With Men Who Don't Buy Sex:
'You can have a good time with the servitude' vs. 'You're supporting a system of degradation'" by M. Farley, E. Schuckman, J.M. Golding, K Houser, L. Jarrett, P. Qualliotine, and M. Decker.
The team found buying sex to be so pervasive that they had a shockingly difficult time locating men who weren't buyers. The use of pornography, phone sex, lap dances, and other services had come so widespread that the researchers were forced to loosen their definition in order to get a 100-person control group.
The researchers finally had to settle on a definition of non-sex-buyers as:
- Men who had not been to a strip club more than two times in the past year
- Have not purchased a lap dance
- Have not used pornography more than one time in the last month
- Have not purchased phone sex or the services of an escort, erotic masseuse or prostitute.
Some of their key findings include:
- Sex buyers were nearly eight times as likely as non-buyers to say they would rape a woman if they could get away with it.
- Sex buyers in the study used significantly more pornography than non-buyers, and three quarters of them said they received their sex education from pornography.
- Over time, as a result of their prostitution and pornography use, sex buyers reported their sexual preferences changed and they sought more degrading sex.
Revealing deep misogyny, sex buyers say they often prefer the license they feel with prostituted women. One reported, "You're the boss, the total boss. Even us normal guys want to say something and have it done no questions asked. No 'I don't feel like it.' No 'I'm tired.' Unquestionable obedience. I mean that's powerful. Power is like a drug."
Read the full study for more self-reported attidues from men who buy sex.more...