Buying Sex

Buying Sex

Downloadable Video - 2013
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Buying Sex looks at the contentious debate over pending reforms to Canadian prostitution laws, and in the process asks us to rethink and review our attitudes toward the "oldest profession," a.k.a. the "oldest oppression." This feature film by directors Teresa MacInnes and Kent Nason brings forward the voices of sex workers who support law amendments, formerly prostituted women who want abolition, policy-makers, lawyers and even the male buyers. All agree that they want to improve the workers' safety, but they have polarized philosophies about how that can be best achieved. To show all sides of this multi-layered issue, the filmmakers take us to two countries that have made groundbreaking reforms: Sweden, with its recently adopted, feminist-based zero-tolerance law, and New Zealand, with its decriminalization model.
Publisher: [United States] :, GRAVITAS VENTURES :, Made available through hoopla,, 2013.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 90 min.)) :,sound, color.
digital, rda
data file, rda


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Jun 09, 2014

Ignore the title of the documentary and it's provocative cover. This is a rare documentary that tries to balance a very controversial but very relevant issue in Canada given the new prostitution Bill C-36. It helps one to try and unravel the arguments and debates.

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Jun 10, 2014

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