Audacia Ray

On Brian Lehrer

Today, Tuesday 3/11/08

11:40am EST

Listen online here

11 Responses

  1. I love the juxtaposition of the catholics opposing the ‘radical’ abortion bill and the naughty governor.

  2. Call in: 212-433-9692

  3. Audacia: I take issue with the term ‘exploitation,’ we have to keep that term in perspective.

  4. Caller Stephanie: I think making prostitution illegal actually creates more crime and danger.

  5. Caller Dominatrix: I think exploitive toward the men. They put themselves into an incredibly vulnerable position.

  6. Caller Alexa: Let’s be real… all careers in sex are demeaning… it’s a victimization of yourself. I don’t think we should legalize to make it safer because it would tell young girls that it is an acceptable choice and it’s just bringing us one notch lower of what’s acceptable.

  7. I didn’t get to listen to it, because my headphone jack on my computer is messed up.😦 (I’m at work so I have to listen on headphones.) Rusty listened though and said Dacia did very well. Folks can comment on the show here: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/episodes/2008/03/11/segments/94923

  8. I’m not sure if Alexa was coming from a conservative POV or a “feminist” one – a lot of the rhetoric about certain choices being inherently wrong, being a bad role model for young girls, etc sound pretty much the same from both “anti” sides.

    Her rhetoric about how sex workers were “exploiting themselves” really strains the definition of “exploitation” and speaks to the deep-seated moralism of the anti-sex work position.

  9. One thing I really disliked about how Brian Lehrer handled the call-ins was prioritizing calls from women.

    It basically made this a “women’s issue”, erasing the distinction between sex-worker and non-sex worker women, and rendering transgendered and male sex workers invisible. Hell, even the perspective of male clients would have been a worthwhile one.

    Its one thing to prioritize calls from certain classes of speaker, but the blunt reductionism of favoring responses from women callers was totally lame.

    It says a lot about the way “feminist” issues are discussed in this society, that’s for sure.

  10. I wish someone had addressed the issue of the Swedish model when it was brought up. I think it was Emily who said that it had reduced prostitution in Stockholm. While this may be the “apparent” result of the legislation, it is not universally agreed upon. It has reduced the *appearance* of prostitution on the streets of Stockholm. But does anyone honestly think that as soon as legislation passed, the women all of a sudden became enlightened and decided to start sewing kitchen doilies?? Of course not. It has only shoved street prostitution further underground. Those who could afford to left and went to other countries or went online. Those with families, with no computer literacy, or without the means to leave Sweden are now dependent on third parties for their clients, or else have to solicit them without taking the time to assess them (same effect the kerb crawling laws in UK has), thus making their work more dangerous.

    Another issue I wish had been addressed was when they were discussing Australia’s policies: it would have been a perfect time to bring up decriminalization in New Zealand!

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