By Alex Feis-Bryce
Yesterday’s landmark vote at Amnesty International’s forum in Dublin to advocate for full decriminalisation of consensual sex work marked the end of a heated and polarising campaign. On one side were sex workers, health and support professionals and academics and on the other side was a bizarre coalition of self-identifying radical feminists, religious fundamentalists, Jimmy Carter and some Hollywood actors like Lena Dunham and Anne Hathaway, who clearly brought a great deal of expertise to the debate. Although, in Anne Hathaway’s defence, she did play a sex worker in a Hollywood movie so maybe she felt that gave her a unique insight. As one sex worker asked on twitter, would then playing a nurse in a porn film make her an authority on medical matters? Even the Guardian newspaper made a brief and shameful intervention with an editorial which essentially argued that, while sex workers may have rights, for Amnesty to defend them was ‘distracting.’
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