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Monday, July 23, 2012

No way to treat a lady



The grinning idiot above is Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Francois Hollande's new Minister for Women. Why do I call her an idiot? Well, one of her first moves (along with perpetrating France's racist restrictions on what women - or some of them - are allowed to wear in public) has been to announce plans to abolish prostitution by making it a criminal offence to pay for sex.

Yes, you read that right. Anything not compulsory must be forbidden. So who cares if criminalising prostitutes and their clients reduces their access to health care? Who cares if it increases the spread of AIDS? Who cares if it gives the already-criminalised punters nothing to lose by violence, and thus increases the incidence of battered and murdered prostitutes?

They're just whores, right? And there's no place for whores (or hijabs) in Hollande's "progressive" France. Women trying desperately to make a living in a crumbling economy must be punished further for doing it in the wrong way: must be punished to appease the hatred of the tight-lipped middle-class tricoteuses who are the only women Vallaud-Belkacem considers important.

Mme V-B: if you want to abolish, or even reduce, prostitution, you need to address its root cause, which is the existence of an underclass of women with nothing to sell which anyone wishes to buy, except their bodies. (And what makes this specifically a women's issue? Would V-B be happy for male prostitution - with its higher risks of infection and violence - to continue provided the female variety was cut back?)

"Progressive"? "Feminist"? "Socialist"? My arse.

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