Sunday Times: Letter in response to Julie Bindel
ECONOMIC REALITY OF PROSTITUTION
The feminist writer Julie Bindel describes prostitution as “harmful and abusive” and salaciously misrepresents the sex-worker-led movement to decriminalise it as the “happy hooker crew” (News Review, last week). In fact, it consists of women determined not to starve and see our children go without.
Bindel condemns Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens for supporting decriminalisation. She lets the Tory authors of austerity off the hook. Yet it is their cuts — the majority of which have targeted women, especially single mothers — that drive increasing numbers into “survival sex”.
This is the kind of feminism that neither begins nor ends with grassroots women and what we want.
Niki Adams, English Collective of Prostitutes