"We understand that the root causes for many of the problems in Ukraine run very deep," says Victor, one of Femen's few male members. "That's why we take the concept of prostitution one step further: The entire Ukraine is a brothel."
“A woman in this country is born as a sex object,” Svyatskiy said. “The mentality from the film “Pretty Woman” prevails in our culture and I don’t like it.”
I have to strongly disagree. I think that white, relatively independent, and relatively well-off escorts get much more of a voice than women of color, the poor, the underage...
In the community where I grew up, girls didn't become writers and teachers; they became strippers.
I mean really...being slut shamed is bad, but if it's the worst thing that happens to you as a result of being a sex worker, you're really, really lucky.
The women in this article are in the Ukraine, they are students (70% of whom are approached on the street and propositioned for paid sex). They come from a culture where women have significantly less power than they do here in the US.
I don't think we should dismiss or criticize their experiences and opinions because they aren't positive enough about prostitution based on a narrow, privileged viewpoint.
"Our government has done everything to develop sex tourism – you don't need a visa to come here. Prostitution in Ukraine is illegal, but in the centre of Kiev there are so many brothels, and the police know about them and do nothing."
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