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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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An Open Letter to Cassy O’Connor, Rosalie Woodruff and Greens Party members …

*Pic: Joanne Pinkiewicz, from here

An Open Letter …

Dear Ms O’Connor, Ms Woodruff and Tasmanian Greens Party members

Re: US Green Party leading in efforts to stop violence to women – why are the Tasmanian Greens lagging behind?

We are writing to advise you of recent developments in the USA, where the Green Party has reaffirmed its support for policies that oppose violence against women in all its forms.

On 1 July the American pimp/porn lobby failed in its attempt to roll back the US Green Party’s support for the Nordic Model of prostitution legislation and replace it with language decriminalising sex buyers and pimps.

The Tasmanian Greens have so far failed to acknowledge the worldwide debate about violence against women in the global sex trade. They have also refused to recognise the positive outcomes of Nordic Model legislative regimes for women exploited in prostitution.

The introduction of Nordic Model laws in Tasmania, including the establishment of prostitution exit programs, would have huge benefits for the homeless women, financially stressed university students, and those with mental health problems who are currently being bought for sex in our state. It would give these women real choices.

The Nordic Model originated in Sweden in the late 1990s and is expanding into more and more jurisdictions. It is a model of legislation based on securing the safety and protection of women by stopping the demand for prostitution. It seeks the abolition of prostitution, in the same way that progressive states have sought, and often achieved, the abolition of human slavery.

A number of academics, feminists and social commentators have applauded the Green Party’s strong stance against the harms of prostitution.

Melissa Farley from Prostitution Research and Education said:

‘The Green Party US’s understanding of prostitution as sexual exploitation is an inspiration for political parties who seek to implement law and policy on prostitution that reflects the feminist perspective of the Swedish Model including South Korea (2004), Iceland, (2008), Norway (2009), Canada (2014), Northern Ireland (2015), France (2016), and Republic of Ireland (2017). The support of the Black and Latinx Caucuses of the Greens in the US are crucial’.

Tasmanian Greens members need to be better informed about global developments in women’s human rights if they are to contribute effectively to all aspects of the campaign supporting those rights.

The following is the US Green’s policy – essential information for the Tasmanian Greens.

‘Violence and Oppression

Language is often used as a weapon by those with power, and women have traditionally borne the brunt of inflicted injuries. Freedom of speech is vital to democracy. However, we believe that this freedom should not be used to perpetuate oppression and abuse.

Violence against women is increasing nationwide. We must address the root cause of all violence even as we specifically address violence to women. We support stronger legislation, programs and enforcement. We also call for new dialog and re-thinking that can lead to better language, ideas and solutions. We urge that the term “domestic violence” be replaced by the term “violence,” because “domestic violence” is not perceived as real violence, which leads to it not being treated legally and practically for the violence that it is. We urge that the term “sex work” not be used in relation to prostitution.

With the increasing conflation of trafficking (the violent and illegal trafficking in women and girls for forced sex) with prostitution, it is impossible to know which is which, and what violence the term “sex work” is masking. No source in existence knows which forms of prostitution comprise forced sex and which comprise free will or choice prostitution. Forced sex is rape, and it is a crime. An increasing number of experts think the percentage of choice prostitution is very small, leaving the larger number of women exposed to serious and often fatal violence. Much of what is commonly called prostitution is actually sex trafficking by definition. The Green Party calls for a safer world for women and girls.

The Green Party has zero tolerance for the illegal international trafficking in humans. Of the millions of humans trafficked worldwide, the large majority are women and children who are bought and sold as slaves. They are kept captive and in debt-bondage that can never be paid off. Most are sold over and over again for forced sex prostitution. Forced sex is rape and a serious crime. Some are forced to labor in agriculture, sweat shops, hotels, restaurants, domestic service and other forms of servitude. According to Human Rights Watch, in all cases coercive tactics — including deception, fraud, intimidation, isolation, threat and use of physical force, or debt bondage — are used to control women. Estimates of human trafficking in the U.S. vary greatly from 18,000 to 50,000 to over 100,000 with a worldwide estimate of 12.5 million, mostly women and children.

The Green Party calls for new US legislation relating to prostitution modeled on the Swedish law passed in 1999, now adopted by other countries and being considered by more, that has drastically reduced human trafficking and prostitution in Sweden. That law criminalizes the purchase of services from prostitutes, pimps and brothel keepers instead of criminalizing the prostitutes. The Green Party urges the U.S. to open dialogs and visit with Sweden as a step toward introducing legislation in the U.S. Congress to address the exploitation, violence and harm to women through prostitution.

The Green Party supports all efforts to eradicate this extreme abuse of human rights, including but not limited to enforcement of existing laws and passage of tough new ones, punishing traffickers, aiding victims, increasing public awareness, reforming immigration laws, supporting existing programs and creating new ones.

We support the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report as an important document to begin to combat this abuse. We support and urge enforcement of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (HR 3244) signed into law on October 28, 2000. This Act authorizes funding for the prevention of trade in human beings and for protecting victims. It gives the State Department a historic opportunity to create an office with the exclusive responsibility of ending traffic in humans and protecting the victims of this worldwide trade. We urge committed political support to achieve the cooperation of all different levels of government.

The Green Party urges a more thorough dialog and understanding of violence against women and girls, including from prostitution and trafficking, that causes health and injury damage that seriously degrades their lives, even to death or premature death including from HIV, syphilis and many other diseases, as well as causing severe economic hardships. We call for solutions to this enormous problem that can result in awareness and the introduction of legislation in the U.S. Congress to address it’.

We ask you to publish and circulate this letter in the interests of your membership, to encourage discussion about these vitally important international developments.

The Tasmanian Greens are clearly lagging behind their US counterparts. They need to assess this information and decide whether men’s right to sexually access women’s bodies takes precedence over women’s human right to be free from violence, poverty, and sexual exploitation, and to have real choices for their lives and their futures.

Yours sincerely,

Isla MacGregor and Bronwyn Williams

*Isla MacGregor is a social justice advocate and a sex trade abolitionist. Isla was instrumental in establishing the Tasmanian Coalition for Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in 2003. Isla considers that the links between international organised crime groups, sex trafficking, the sex trade and the violence to women inherent in the prostitution market must be remedied by laws that criminalise the purchase of sex while decriminalising all those who are bought for sex. Isla considers that pornography and the commodification of women is a major driver in the escalating global crisis of violence against women.

*Bronwyn Williams is a retired lawyer and social worker

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26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Geoff Holloway

    July 16, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Answer to Robert #23 … No, UTG does not intend contesting any elections. Our main functions are lobbying/promoting; educating (including about the historical development of the movement); and developing evidence-based policies.

    Answer to Joanna #25 … I’m happy to keep you informed. The next stage is to take the policy to a general meeting towards the end of this year.

  2. Joanna Pinkiewicz

    July 16, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    #22 … Good to hear about UTG leading this policy in Tasmania. I urge Robert and Geoff to write and inform the public about this as much as possible.

    If you need public support, there are many local and interstate activists who will be able to inform, consult and publicly liaison on this topic with Isla being an excellent example here.
    I
    certainly would like to be informed on the progress of the proposal.

  3. Isla MacGregor

    July 9, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Geoff and Robert … the Nordic Model Australia Coalition Submission to the Modern Slavery Bill is an [b]excellent[/b] policy document: http://normac.org.au/2017/07/normac-submission-inquiry-into-establishing-a-modern-slavery-act-in-australia/

  4. Robert Rands

    July 9, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks for posting, Geoff. If UTG is running in Braddon, I hope support of the Nordic model gets highlighted.

    You and your fellow members may be interested in this notice: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Legal_and_Constitutional_Affairs/ModernSlavery regarding the LNP’s Modern Slavery Bill (2018), introduced into parliament on 28 June this year. We have until 20 July to make submissions, if we are interested in doing so.

  5. Geoff Holloway

    July 9, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    In response to Robert Rand’s #8, 10, 12, 15 … The United Tasmania Group (UTG) is in the process of adopting the Nordic model. The final decision will go to a UTG general meeting later this year.

  6. Isla Macgregor

    July 8, 2018 at 10:09 pm

  7. Isla MacGregor

    July 8, 2018 at 10:02 pm

  8. Isla MacGregor

    July 8, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    #16 and #17 … A good summary of the broader context of the issues, Annie. It is astonishing that while the rest of the world is recognising the context within which violence to women is occurring – Australia including the Tasmanian Greens remains fixated on notions that are inconsistent with the best human rights laws for women.

    #15 … I have sent refs by email as requested.

  9. Annie

    July 8, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    The State Library of Tasmania has numerous copies of an excellent recently published book by Deborah Thompson, titled ” Whose life is it any way?”

    Whilst Deborah has reclaimed her life from years of abuse and control behaviours perpetrated by her former husband, she documents the extent of his behaviours that he exerted over her for many years.

    One of the myths of the sex trade is that it prevents men from raping their wives.

    It is worth reading Deborah’s book very carefully, especially the chapter where she documents how her former husband made her play the role of a woman in prostitution whilst he subjected her to rape and acts of violence.

    Deborah recently appeared in her wheelchair in a candle lit vigil on behalf of women killed by violent men.

    From what I have read in the book that is kindly referenced by Isla and Bronwyn above is that violence ( including emotional abuse and psychological abuse) against women and girls within the sex trade is normalised and minimised by society and by the men who see it as their right to purchase the body of a person for sexual exploitation. Women who have left the sex trade say that they would have done so earlier if they had known where to go for support, safe housing, financial support and services for recovery and so on.

  10. Annie

    July 8, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    One of the most pervasive myths about sexual assault, including child sexual assault and also the sex trade, is that it “isn’t that bad”.

    If a child or a woman has survived well, how would they feel if told “well, at least you were not killed”.

    In regard to children, adults often diminish the experience of betrayal and the secrecy and the silence around child sexual assault; the short and the long term effects of abuse as well as a child’s meed for structural and systemic power on a par to that of an adult.

    Safe families and safe communities and safe schools comprise the best defence for children, and these comprise the nearest thing to a union that advocates for the interests of children. All state and territory Commissioners for Children need resourcing and independence free from political interference. We need to also fully ratify the United Nations Convention on the rights of the Child to which Australia is a signatory.

    Reputable research shows that the average age of recruitment into prostitution is around 13-14 years of age. Unfortunately this can be younger. Does it matter that a child who is exploited at age 14 grows into an adult of 18 whilst still in the grip of an odious trade?

    Whilst the teenage girl from Glenorchy who was previously exploited by up to 200 men in a Hobart Hotel has requested privacy, whilst she reclaims her life, we should always remember this example. She was groomed and tricked by her uncle while the community, the men who exploited her and the hotel, were all in denial and chose to exploit and /or to minimise the effects of the exploitation as “not that bad”. I consider her mother a victim as well.

    The girl is much older now and is now doing well with reparation, support and a caring home situation.

    Children who travel alone in refugee groups, mothers fleeing gangs from south America with small children and women refugees everywhere are highly vulnerable as they constantly navigate and negotiate for their dignity and safety in situations which are unpredictable and dangerous, and where they have little access to protection from the state unless a safe advocate and aid service steps in.

    Amnesty International’s “sex work” policy and fatuous values of “agency” and “choice” for “sexual and reproductive rights” is completely meaningless, for example for a teenage girl who has been raped by the military in Myanmar who then gives birth to a baby in a monsoon ravaged refugee camp. How is the girl supposed to feel if the baby is adopted out by UNICEF to a safe family? What will happen to the girl if she keeps the baby with the help of UNICEF?

    Tom Meagher, the widower of former ABC News reader Jill Meagher who was raped and murdered, stated that societal inability to look at the topic of prostitution contributed to the rape and murder of Jill. The person who raped and murdered Jill also raped women who were exploited in the sex trade.

    What Isla and Bronwyn are saying is that a legalised environment does not lead to more safety for women in the sex trade.

    Evidence recorded in the recent Senate Enquiry into offshore immigration detention centres should alert us to widely held societal and judicial views. For example, a woman refugee who was sexually assaulted and raped was told, more or less, to get over it, that rape is a frequent occurrence in Australia, that the authorities don’t do a lot about it, and that she and her son should learn to be nice to the man who had raped her as he could be the person sitting on the aeroplane next to her (if she travels to a country of permanent settlement) or her next door neighbour if she settles in Australia.

  11. Robert Rands

    July 8, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Isla, I am interested in this issue, but I am not Cassie O’Connor or Rosalie Woodruff. I hope you have snail-mailed or hand-delivered each of them a copy of your open letter.

    Am I the right person to lobby any political party to which I may belong, on this sensitive issue? You may well be expecting a lawn-mower mechanic to tune your Ferrari.

    As it happens, I also know Peter Jones. He can provide you with my email if you feel it is worth your time to get in contact with me.

    Meanwhile, you have mentioned academic studies on the topic, and a book, ‘Prostitution Narratives’ (edited by Caroline Norma and Melinda Tankard Reist) reviewed at https://tinyurl.com/ReistReview

    I will check the State Library for a copy of the book. Can you provide me with links to the three best academic papers (in your opinion) available on the internet?

  12. Andrew

    July 8, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Financially stressed university students? Are you seriously suggesting that students have no “real choices” except going into prostitution to pay their bills? How about doing what most of us did and working part time in bars, restaurants and shops, or picking fruit, or anything that allows a person to preserve their dignity?

  13. Isla MacGregor

    July 8, 2018 at 12:55 am

    #12 … Let’s not leave it to a [i]’perhaps'[/i]. If you are interested in pro-actively working on this issue within the Greens, please contact me to arrange a mutually suitable time and place.

  14. Robert Rands

    July 8, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Well, Isla, it’s good to see that you are lobbying politicians .. Greens for sure, and Labor and Liberals I assume.. toward broader acceptance of your argument. Thank you for the categorical reply.

    As for what I have been doing regarding the issue, perhaps we will meet face to face one day and discuss the matter cordially.

  15. Isla MacGregor

    July 7, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Robert, which policies do the Greens consider worthy of investing their [b]own[/b] time on to achieve rigorous evidence based integrated policy on – certainly not policy on violence to women?

    Robert, what have you done to facilitate a robust discussion within your party on this global policy issue affecting over 44 million women who want justice and exit strategies from men’s abuse within the global sex trade – now?

    Have you raised the issue that over 600 women’s human rights groups opposed Amnesty International’s fast tracked/branch stacked biased policy in support of full decriminalisation?

    What research have you done for Greens’ policy development on violence to women [b]including[/b] by men who buy women for [i]sex[/i] in the sex trade?

    You know Robert, what is important here is the lack of response by the Greens to a recognised global crisis of violence against women – in the home, in the workplace, in the streets, in the legal and illegal sex trade – for refugees fleeing conflicts or ecological disasters.

    Is a global perspective too big a context for the Australian Greens to get their heads around [i]downunder[/i]?

    You might consider these issues in light of coming by-elections, but I don’t.

    Green MP’s and Aldermen have attended pro Nordic forums here in Tasmania since 2014, and I have lobbied several of them and asked for meetings, and to present at Green meetings, to no avail. At these forums they have taken peer reviewed scientific reports on the development of Nordic model laws, and they have spoken with Survivors of the sex trade and been given copies of the book Prostitution Narratives.

    I have spoken/lobbied Green Party members at the Amnesty International Australia AGM in 2014 in Melbourne and Hall Greenland from NSW Greens. Friend and former Green Party secretary Peter Jones, a member of the Amnesty International Tas Branch, gave his vote in support of Nordic model laws at the 2014 BAGM.

    I have spoken with many Green party members, some of whom needed no convincing about the need for Greens to do more work on policy on women, and who are horrified that the [b]Greens persist against all the international evidence in supporting the failed experiment of full decriminalisation[/b].

    Are you defending the Greens current policy on this issue? What are you [b]doing[/b] Robert – defending male rights to sexually access women?

  16. Robert Rands

    July 7, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    So .. Isla, you have not categorically stated whether or not you have lobbied the Greens in any particular state, or nationally.

    Can you kindly give an unambiguous answer to clarify this point?

  17. Isla MacGregor

    July 7, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Many Tasmanian and Australian Green Party members support introduction of Nordic model laws, but when power is the primary aim .. and not good policies on stopping violence to women, the Greens are no better than Labor or the Liberals. For example just look at Green’s candidate for Richmond Victoria Kathleen Maltzahn’s spectacular back-flip on Nordic model laws in the lead up to Victorian state election: http://www.oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php/article/the-greens-kathleen-maltzahn-conviction-but-no-courage-

    It’s far easier for the Greens nationally to stick their ostrich heads in the sand in response to the spread of [i]stop demand[/i] laws internationally, and the effective cultural changes occurring as a result about attitudes towards women.

    Don’t, whatever the Greens do, risk the backlash at the polls as a result of a vicious campaign against them like that by the front groups manufactured [i]overnight[/i] by the pimp/porn inc lobby against Maltzahn.

    The Greens cannot afford to be targeted with having a [b]moral[/b] position on anything, now can they?

  18. Robert Rands

    July 7, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    How much contact have Isla McGregor and Bronwyn Williams had to date with the Tasmanian Greens, or the National Greens?

    Some factual comment here would help put this letter into perspective, in a season of by-elections. Are the Greens getting put on notice after repeated, failed lobbying efforts, or are they being blindsided by individuals with a partisan political barrow to push?

  19. Lynne Newington

    July 7, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I don’t know how any policies against violence (sexual or other) will ever be brought under control with the level of classified viewing across the board streaming into family homes with the consent of the parents.

  20. Joanna Pinkiewicz

    July 6, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Great to see the US Greens are adopting the NM. The left in Australia is at odds with the left in many European countries and now America on this. As a Greens’ member I am at odds with the official party position, but I think the time is more than ripe to revisit the party’s position on prostitution. Tas Green could lead the way on this.

    By supporting the very few individuals involved in Scarlet Alliance (who make money through funding or managing other women) and sex industry bosses, the left in Australia accepts that prostitution and sexual exploitation of girls and women is part of our society and that it will grow.

    To be a feminist or to understand the feminist analysis of power correctly is to act against the institution of prostitution and the male demand of sexual access to women bodies.

    Thank you, Isla and Bronwyn, for a call to justice!

  21. Annie

    July 6, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    The new Commission to address Slavery within Australia currently relies upon self reporting, and trusts that business will self monitor and report how and what efforts are instigated to address slavery.

    However, history shows us that ending slavery requires strong advocates. The Commission to address Slavery requires an independent Commissioner to drive reform, support survivors and to promote education and also to defend human dignity.

    We need to recognise that sexual servitude is a form of slavery.

    In a recent case a group of women brought (trafficked) to “work” in Australia from S.E. Asia to provide ” massages” and “foot massages” were imprisoned in a house, taken to “work” in a closed vehicle with threats made to harm their family members overseas if they asserted their rights. They were not allowed to leave their “work” premises.

    I have to wonder what kind of “foot massage” requires the deprivation of human liberty and threats of harm. The women were represented at the Fair Work Commission for underpayment of wages. What will happen to the women? Will they be able to stay in Australia if they achieve safe exit without the threat of deportation?

    Also, women university students should be able to complete their study in dignity with affordable housing, and an end to the system of HECS which disadvantages many.

    The Greens are on the right track advocating for affordable housing. The plight of older women (referred to in Isla and Bronwyn’s article above) within the current crisis reflects women’s lifetime disadvantage in regard to income. Even a small rise in rates can disadvantage women who own a home. Older women should be able to live in dignity.

    We do need to remember that boys as well as girls can be sexually exploited and harmed, and they can also be harmed by violence within the home. Sexual abuse within the home can drive youth homelessness. The recent Royal Commission into Institutional Sexual Abuse of children is only the tip of the iceberg in Australia of a wider social problem. The rights of children need upholding.

    Refugee women and children are exposed to multiple levels of jeopardy. Amnesty’s policy on “sex work” does not help them.

  22. Leonard Colquhoun

    July 5, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Doesn’t success of these (sorts of) campaigns depend on avoiding the ‘-ism plunge’ where a worthwhile freedom movement focusing on the rights (and also the responsibilities) of individuals degenerates into an ideology? With the added danger nowadays of lapsing into identity politics – that is, into a new sort of apartheid with the same old dangers and stupidities^.

    Comment #3 seems to fallen into this abyss with hardly an upward glance.

    ^ Ideologies create stupidities which bite their proponents on the arse. Think of the 1930s ‘German Physics’ which had no room for ‘Jewish Physics’! And of a million SS thugs doing ‘Sonderbehandlung’ while real soldiers were getting annihilated on the Eastern Front.

  23. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    July 5, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    It is nice to see that the American Greens have not fallen for the libertarian sexual politics of consumer societies. These have stripped ‘the politics’ out of sexual politics and turned gender and sex into a free-for-all where women, their sexuality and their labour power have been ripped off to become consumable use ups in an unreconstructed gender politic.

    Women were not liberated by the sexual revolution. They were turned into sexual servants to first night gimmes and a very old fashioned male version of sex and compulsory orgasm, while still doing most of the domestic labour, because they do it with a smile, compassion and sense of duty that disempowers change.

    The feminist politics that have might have led to some kind of reconstruction of the old patriarchy was quietly stymied in favour of indifferent overgrown male adolescents who haven’t been potty trained in the basics of socialisation and who genuinely believe that narcissism is cool.

    The disappearance of the old templates of male and female and mother and father have given way to a laissez-faire free fire zone where anything goes and anything does. The sexual politics we now have, if one can dignify them with such a name, are such an incoherent mess that it is a miracle that the divorce rate is only 42% and that women haven’t gone over to lesbianism en masse, because that is the only way to get a decent partner.

    A disciplined feminist politic would address that and provide some guidelines to start rebuilding the ruins of our domestic infrastructure. But to do that requires some consonance from indulgence capital, which is unlikely, because the collapse of social governance is in its interests. It needs social software stripped bunnies that will buy anything.

    And that is what the pimps and panderers are now relying on to leverage their way into respectability and ‘industry’ status, even though their workplace is as dangerous as clean up work at the disabled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, and the social values they purvey as crummy and degraded, as they always were, in reinforcing sexual servitude and giving women the status of audio animatronic dolls!

    But what strengthens the position of the pimps and shady characters who live in the netherworld between the straight and the dark economy, which is what brothel cash flows are, is that their practices are not so different from those extant in mainstream society.

    Women are expected to dress like prostitutes in order to feel desirable and valued. They are expected to provide sex on demand like prostitutes. And if the standard of service and ‘servicing’ aren’t up to scratch, or she actually expects some support, some consideration, and to be treated as if what she felt actually mattered, the boys can get very ‘upset’ and ‘threatened’, just like the pimps and some of the less personable ‘Johns’; you know, a bit of a ‘smack around’ to show her ‘her place’… that sort of thing … because they can.

    This isn’t particularly the boys’ fault, or even that of the pimps and money launderers who use brothel cash to turn dirties into cleans. It is the fault of the system we live in, ie indulgence capitalism and its wretched deregulatory and privatisation agenda that is being concurrently run by both the social and corporate pillars of the late modern Establishment and the status quo.

    The social and corporate ‘libertarchs’ are as bad as each other because they push the same agenda, with the same devastating results in the commons within their respective spheres of influence.

    That agenda makes sense of the rise and rise of the legitimate brothel business and its capacity to suborn and corrupt everything it touches, including and particularly the more infantile elements of the old New Left so called ‘progressives’ (who are ‘progressive’ in exactly the same sense as their corporate opposite numbers) who they are already beginning to join, proudly brought to the rest of us by the proud sponsors of commercial sex … and Amnesty international, marching as one … very nice.

  24. Annie

    July 5, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Greens MP’s Cassy O’Connor and Dr Rosalie Woodruff are clearly making a heroic effort in the Tasmanian parliament in regard to many issues.

    However, I fully support End Demand legislation, support programs and also exit programs for prostituted women, as documented above by Isla and Bronwyn. We need to demolish sexist cultural myths that underpin the sexual exploitation of women and girls.

    The sex trade is not a ” choice” nor is it “work like any other”. The Australian Greens are clearly gender blind to the harm of the sex trade and also for the need to reform the law so that it changes men’s historical sexist entitlement to purchase the body of a girl or a woman.

    The Greens’ national policy platform could better reflect the United Nations Convention to end all forms of discrimination against women and girls. (CEDAW)

    We need to let all girls and women know that the sex trade is not a “real” job, nor does it offer “choice”. There are many other real jobs out there which offer women and girls a future.

    It makes sense to change the policy platform of the Greens away from sexist stereotypes. Doing so would support efforts to end sexual harassment in the workplace as well.

    If the Greens catch up with the progressive side of human evolution it would put them in accord with Australia’s action framework to End all forms of Violence Against Women and girls, as well as with innovations as documented above by Isla and Bronwyn.

  25. phill Parsons

    July 5, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Did the authors write to the Premier, the Leader of the parliamentary Labor Party and the Legislative Councillors?. Why aren’t they also doing something?.

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