• Peter Tatchell’s approach to prostitution is anything but progressive

    October 5, 2016 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    Peter Tatchell’s political interventions — in particular his “outing” of prominent figures for their hypocrisy in publicly condemning homosexuality whilst being gay — have cast him as a radical driven by strong ethical principles. I once admired Tatchell, although I sometimes balked at his naming and shaming tactics. I saw him as someone who stood…

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  • The Economist’s Pimp

    May 11, 2016 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    What should be done about prostitution? Robert Skidelsky, an economist, member of the House of Lords, and contributor to Project Syndicate, has answered that question unequivocally. In an article entitled the Economist’s Concubine he concludes that prostitution should be completely decriminalised. The Labour Party, the Green Party and Amnesty International are of the same mind…

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  • Is Peter Tatchell Good for You?

    February 19, 2016 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    I have admired Peter Tatchell for many years. He is an heroic political figure who has persistently spoken out against human rights abuses. In so doing he has  opened himself to social vilification and even to physical violence. However in ‘Pornography is Good for You?’ I suggest he has badly reneged on his struggle for human…

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  • Here’s why the UK should make it illegal to pay for sex

    February 4, 2016 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    The UK is now one step closer to making it a criminal offence to pay for sex – but not to sell it. The introduction of a Sex Buyer Law would fundamentally change the nation’s approach to the “oldest profession”, by shifting the burden of criminality from prostitutes to the men paying for sex –…

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  • A third wave of feminism is rising – and here’s why we need to surf it now

    November 11, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    We are witnessing the beginning of a third wave of feminism. Taking up the struggle of Victorian social reformers, suffragettes and the revolutionary feminists of the 1970s, feminists today are fighting again for equal treatment and an end to sexual violence in a 21st society that remains patriarchal. It’s a busy time for feminists in…

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  • Sorry Amnesty, decriminalising sex work will not protect human rights

    October 14, 2015 Heather Brunskell-Evans

    Amnesty International declares itself to have an overarching commitment to advancing gender equality and women’s rights. Against the backdrop of this ethical aspiration, a controversial new policy has been adopted. It calls for the decriminalisation of prostitution, in order to protect the human rights of sex workers. Sex workers are one of the most marginalised…

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