Adelaide soccer club, Para Hills West, have attracted negative attention after organising a fundraiser with female strippers. The club then promoted this event with a poster featuring a highly sexualised image of a g-string clad woman, in their venue frequented by families and children.
Our Director of Operations, Coralie Alison, was invited to respond to this development in an opinion piece on SBS which we shared on our Facebook page alongside an image of the poster. Supporters of the club were quick to respond with the same old predictable arguments. We’ve addressed these common claims below:
AUSTRALIAN MEN TAKE THE PLEDGE AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
- PROSTITUTION - I DON'T BUY IT -
Join men from across Australia who are coming together to take a stand against sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of women and children worldwide.
Stand for the promotion of human dignity and the prevention of the commodification of women and children through prostitution.
Sign the Nordic Model Australia Coalition (NorMAC) pledge - Prostitution - I Don't Buy It.
In Ireland earlier this year, Tom Meagher, husband to murdered journalist Jill Meagher who was murdered in Melbourne in 2012, spoke at a similar Irish campaign launch.
Jill Meagher’s killer, Adrian Bayley, had a long history of raping and abusing prostitutes.
Adrian Bayley is on public record as stating that he had a ‘right’ to rape prostitutes, because he ‘paid for it’.
At Ireland’s campaign launch Tom Meagher spoke about men's role in prostitution –
‘This dehumanisation [of women] comes from knowing that what they are doing is not right. If you pay for sex, the money is not buying consent, it is paying for the temporary suspension of the woman’s right not to consent’.
Mr Meagher spoke of the lies of ‘consensual transactions’ and the ‘pernicious lie of the male libido being beyond the control of the man who owns that libido. That feeds into a lie that we can’t help ourselves’.
He said there was a ‘need to end the lie that this is about sexual liberation. It isn’t, it is about sexual exploitation. The circumstances are usually coercive, but even if they are not, the buyer has no way of knowing.
Ultimately, the only person making the choice is the buyer and the choices we make absolutely matter’.
In signing the NorMAC pledge - Prostitution - I Don't Buy It - men commit to:
Understanding that the commodification of women's bodies for sexual purposes is harmful and undermines women's human rights, dignity and gender equality.
Actively raising public awareness with other men the myths surrounding prostitution and sexual exploitation and trafficking, especially in Australia.
Assisting the curb for the demand for sexual services by supporting the introduction in Australia of Nordic model laws on prostitution, in recognition of the urgent need to provide peace and security for all women.
I agree to make the above pledge for the Prostitution - I Don't Buy It campaign
I agree to have my name listed on the pledge webpage at normac.org.au
Please forward your signature and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men who buy women and children for sex often regard them as less than human. We know this because the men themselves openly say so both in research and on customer review websites where men detail and rank the ‘services’ of the women they buy. These websites showcase the contempt these men have for the women they exploit.
We’ve collected a small sample of quotes from men who buy women. Several main themes emerge.
Regarding the women they buy as mere objects of sexual gratification and less than human
“Being with a prostitute is like having a cup of coffee- once you’re done with it, you throw it out.” Source
“I have an easier time treating them worse.” Source
“For gods sake woman…I just want you to get naked and suck my cock!...If you like big tits, she is your girl. Too much like hard work for me.” Source
“Some of the girls are lovely but most are just holes to f*ck.” Source
“She’s a sad waste of good girl flesh.” Source
“If you want an attractive receptacle for your semen she will do.” Source
“LOL what beautiful girls OMG! WTF are you talking about dogg??? They are all old as fuck and the only young ones are ugly junkies lol rather fuck a blow up doll lol” SourceRead more
Earlier this month, ABC’s Lateline dedicated a segment to exploring Sweden’s solution to prostitution and trafficking. The ‘Nordic model’ criminalises the demand for commercial sexual exploitation, decriminalizes those exploited, and provides exit programs for individuals in prostitution who want to leave the industry.Read more