What’s Current: ‘Sexual entertainment districts’ make cities more threatening for women

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s Daily News round up.

Neighbourhoods with brothels, peep shows, strip clubs, and sex shops (dubbed “sexual entertainment districts”) make cities more threatening places for women.

UK director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders instructs prosecutors to focus on bringing evidence of men’s sexual history in rape cases, in a move she thinks could increase chances of conviction.

“Prosecutors will be asked to focus on a male suspect’s previous conduct in other relationships in order to find any relevant evidence. This may include situations where an alleged rapist exercised controlling or coercive behaviour towards other women, including previous girlfriends. There has been growing concern that many male rapists are getting away with their crimes because they are able to convince juries that the sex was consensual.”

VP of UK’s National Union of Teachers points out that sex matters when it comes to hard-won anti-discrimination laws for women and girls.

Holly Brockwell at the Guardian points out that women are not new to tech:

“The fact is, programming was considered repetitive, unglamorous ‘women’s work,’ like typing and punching cards, until it turned out to be a lucrative and prestigious field. Then, predictably, the achievements of women were wiped from the scoreboard and men like James Damore pretended they were never there.”

Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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  • Kathleen Lowrey

    actually I take it back… they did eventually post it. It took much longer than usual, so my most twitchy self wonders if it was to have it appear once no one was reading that story anymore, but it could have been something technical.

  • Yisheng Qingwa
  • pyrite00

    I worked for a delivery service years ago and often went to the areas of the city where street prostitution was common. I got really good (as a late teen-young twenties girl) at staring men down, telling men to fuck off, watching not to step on used needles or used condoms, telling pimps to get the hell away from me with the “befriend the girl, THEN pimp her out” act, telling prostitutes I had no money to give them, etc.

    Just disgusting and I can only imagine what pimps and johns do when they are not out in public. This was all on public streets.

  • Hanakai

    Seriously. The prostitution district in Amsterdam reeks of seedy. The streets smell of urine and vomit, used condoms, cigarette butts and needles litter the gutters. Clusters of drunken leering male sex tourists block the sidewalks in their misogynistic exuberance at being able to ogle semi-nude women in display windows, and buy whatever sex acts they wanted. The legal prostitution serves as a cover for sex trafficking, drug trafficking and other criminal pursuits. Slouchy Russian and eastern European mobster types in sunglasses hang around, menacingly, keeping an eye on their “property.” Weary bored unsmiling drug-faced women in their underwear on display in brothel windows. The whole scene just emits a seedy, sad, depraved vibe, some grotesque level of hell.

    Prostitution should not exist. What message does it send to our girls when they learn they can make more money by fellating males, or selling/renting men access to their bodies and orifices, than by most other paid occupations? The whole thing is so depraved, yet men consider it normal, something to which they are entitled, something they want legalized and normalized.

    The Nordic model of criminalizing sex purchasers and offering sanctuary and rehab to the prostituted needs to spread. Where the Nordic model has been in effect, societal consciousness follows suit, and sex purchasers become thought of as pathetic loser creeps and prostitution seen as the ugliness it is.

  • Tobysgirl

    The Combat Zone in Boston was (is?) right next to Chinatown so the Chinese women had to deal with this on a daily basis. When my husband worked as a secretary for the Board of Higher Education his boss said to him, “Isn’t it great to spend time in the Combat Zone?” My husband was so grossed out. Yes, every day one asks oneself, What in hell is wrong with males? Oh yes, it’s called entitlement.