France: “Hands Off My Whore” Campaign Seeks to Block Pay-For-Sex Fines

‘Hands off my whore’ campaign outrages France

‘Hands off my whore’ campaign outrages France

The men’s group opposes the French government’s moves to punish the buying of sexual services.

The petition says some of the signatories, who include prominent figures such as author Frederic Beigbeder and the lawyer for Dominique Strauss-Kahn are men who “have used or are likely to use the services of prostitutes,” TV station France 24 reported.

“We do not defend prostitution, we defend freedom,” the campaign reads. “And when parliament gets involved in adopting rules on sexuality, everyone’s freedom is threatened.”

A prostitute waits for clients in the Bois de Boulogne. The French government is considering a plan to fine  men buying sexual services  the equivalent of a $2,000.

A prostitute waits for clients in the Bois de Boulogne. The French government is considering a plan to fine men buying sexual services the equivalent of a $2,000.

The text continues, “We consider that everyone has the right to freely sell their charms – and even to enjoy doing so. All together, we declare: Hands off my whore!”

Among those signing up is Richard Malka, a lawyer for disgraced International Monetary Fund economist Strauss-Kahn, accused of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid in 2011.

Morgane Merteuil, general secretary of Strass (Syndicat du Travail Sexuel), which campaigns for decriminalization, defiantly told the men: “We are nobody’s whores, especially not yours … If we fight for our rights it is largely to have more power against you, so we can dictate our terms … ”

The French Minister for Women’s rights and government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem slammed the manifesto, arguing the 1971 abortion manifesto had been signed by women “who demanded to be able to freely decide what to do with their bodies”.

The L'Aventure private club-restaurant in Paris where former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn reportedly had sex with prostitutes, according to French media reports.

The L’Aventure private club-restaurant in Paris where former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn reportedly had sex with prostitutes, according to French media reports.

“The 343 bastards demand the right to decide what to do with the bodies of others,” she said. “I think there is no need for further comment,” she told France 24.

Selma James, the co-author of the women’s movement classic The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community, wrote in the Guardian that the manifesto “tell us what they think of sex workers.”

In order for sex workers to operate safely and not just be pushed underground they, not a group of men claiming to defend them, “must have the last word.”

Under current rules, prostitution is legal in France, but soliciting and pimping are prohibited.

A bill to be debated at the end of next month seeks to penalise clients instead of sex workers in a bid to phase out prostitution.

The proposed law would impose a 1,500-euro fine on those paying for sex and would double that if the “John” were caught a second time.

The Zeromacho network, meanwhile, which groups together nearly 2,000 men fighting against prostitution, also slammed the manifesto.
“This reactionary petition claims that wanting to abolish prostitution is ‘a war against men’. It’s actually the opposite: We Zeromachos maintain that fighting for the abolition of prostitution is first and foremost a fight for equality.”

 

 

 

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