On Thurs June 17th OBJECT organised an ‘Action For Men’ in London. http://www.ukfeminista.org.uk/blog/2010/06/16/54-actionformeninlondonthurs17th.html They didn’t advertise it on their own website. The action involved distributing leaflets to men in pub toilets, which were made to look like Court summons, telling them the consequences of paying for sex. I emailed them about this tactic:
My name is Elly.
I saw your ‘action for men’ advertised yesterday. I was very disappointed to see OBJECT taking this action.
I am a committed feminist. I disagree with your action for the following reasons:
1)The leaflets were inaccurate. It is NOT illegal to pay for sex. It is illegal to pay for sex with coerced/trafficked sex workers
2) It assumed men would be likely to be clients of sex workers (in fact it is only a small minority of the population who are)
3) it assumed that men would always be clients when some men are sex workers themselves
4) It ignored the rights and voices of women sex workers
5) it highlighted the element of shame in paying for sex: e.g. your friends and family could find out
6) It made no reference to information/support/sexual health for people in the industry as clients or workers
7) It was sensationalist and scaremongering
I would be very interested to see a report on how the action went. I know I probably won’t now. But you really should publish details of how actions go, unless you see yourselves as a secret organisation (you arent you receive public funds).
If you would like any information from people supporting sex workers both men and women, and their clients, to give the other side of the story. Please get in touch.
Yours sincerely, etc
I did not receive a reply to my email. But the scanned image of the leaflet got taken down from the UK Feminista website within hours of my email being sent. I have not heard how the action went. If anybody knows, please do get in touch. And if you are a bloke who was going for a piss in the pub that night, did you get accosted by some people with these leaflets? We’d love to hear from you!