Thursday, March 25, 2010

I Guess We Won't be Marketing My Book in Iceland!

"Iceland's parliament has voted to ban striptease shows, making it an offence for any business to profit from the nudity of its employees."
Iceland gives stripping the cold shoulder

"Kolbrun Halldorsdottir, a former lawmaker who was the first to propose the legislation, told broadcaster RUV on Wednesday that "it is not acceptable that women, or people in general, are a product to be sold." "
Photo by Gerry Visco
Me in the Sex Workers' Art Show at Mo Pitkins, demonstrating my tip jar shoes. Photo by Gerry Visco.

I hate it when people say stripping or any other kind of sex work is "selling your body." When I was touring with the Sex Workers' Art Show, I did a call and response piece in which I brought up an audience member to read off of cards things customers in strip joints said to me, and I would fire off my stock response. For instance:
Customer: Don't you feel bad about selling your body?
Me: I don't sell it. I take it home very night.

I feel that since there are people whose bodies really are forcibly sold, we need to keep our language about sex work without such hyperbole.
Jo
Photo by Don Spiro.

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1 comment:

Kelly said...

I am also incredibly pissed off about this. I stripped in Iceland a few years ago and am still in contact with a few managers, DJs etc... They have been talking about doing this for years now, none of us ever thought it would actually pass.