Hilary Clinton announces campaign against prostitution
Erin Pizzey's comment
Exposed: the myth of the World Cup ‘sex slaves’
Spiked, Feb. 14, 2007
It was widely claimed that 40,000 women would be
trafficked into Germany as prostitutes during the 2006 World Cup.
New EU reports seen by spiked suggest that nothing of the sort
The following article had been posted on the gen-m discussion list:
1997 The Associated Press
Hillary Clinton announces campaign against
LVIV, Ukraine (November 18, 1997 08:06 a.m. EST-Hillary Rodham Clinton wrapped up an
eight-day visit to former Soviet republics Tuesday by announcing a new White House-United
Nations campaign against female prostitution.
"It is a violation of human rights when women are trafficked, bought and sold as
prostitutes," she told about 1,000 people at the Lviv Opera House. "We
want to reach women who may be in danger."
It was her first direct, public reference to a human rights issue on a five-nation tour
that took her to Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Russia before winding up in
In her final speech before embarking on a 10-hour return flight to Washington, Clinton
praised Ukraine for holding free elections and making a peaceful transition to democracy.
"If we do not have true democracy in my country or in yours we cannot and should
not rest," she said.
She gave few details of the anti-prostitution campaign.
Clinton received the most lively greeting of her tour in Lviv.
"Long live!" and "Welcome," more than 1,000 Ukrainians sang Monday
from under babushkas and umbrellas at a square where a new memorial to victims of
communist rule stands.
On earlier stops the crowds who lined the streets to watch her motorcade neither waved
nor smiled and audiences generally gave her polite applause.
But along Lviv's cobblestone streets, people leaned out to wave from black iron
balconies and lined up along the winding driveway of a nearby church and crammed into the
main square for her speech.
Ukrainians are well-off in comparison with many people in the other four republics, and
Lviv was by far the most elegant city Clinton visited. But the republic is still
struggling with free speech rights, poverty and the effort to shift to a market economy.
Bill Fetzner wrote:
I'm trying to imagine what human right is at stake in prostitution. If a woman
sells her body, of what right has she been denied? The right to be prevented from doing
so? If that's the case, then we should look upon the proliferation of laws that ostensibly
protect us as a multiplication of our human rights, i.e. the more government restrains us,
the more rights we have. It's for logic such as this that we have feminism (and
At 07:00 AM 11/19/97 +1000, Lindsay Jackel wrote:
fwd fyi - complete with Russell's comments.
Personally, I'm opposed to prostitution also, because it exploits both women and
men. It would have to be just about the only business transaction I know of where
the buyer is viewed as the exploiter - rather than the seller. As much as it
exploits women, it exploits men who desire sex - as well as putting an unnecessary
temptation in the path of those already married, but unable (or unwilling) to control
their own behaviour.
She can't even say just "prostitution", it has to be "female
prostitution". Got to fire the ladies up to get out and vote, and can't let
anyone think she might accidentally be helping men.
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 14:07:52 -0800
From: erin pizzey <[not shown]>
Subject: Re: [GEN-M] Clinton against FEMALE prostitution
[In response to Bill Fetzner's comments:]
I agree. At any one time a third of the women in my refuges in England and in
America were prostitutes. Most of the time they were taking refuge from their pimps
or some other trouble - the police for instance. I honestly can't say that they
needed any more protection than any of the other women who came in. They were, on
the whole, very able, very tough women. Certainly most of them had come from
sexually abused background but they were well aware of their choice to sell their
bodies. In fact, in the ensuing discussions amongst all of the women in the refuges,
I noticed how often it was the 'prostitutes' who had sorted out their lives emotionally in
a way so many of the other women had not. I suspect people who wish to 'rescue'
prostitutes usually have very little knowledge of their lifestyles. The thing that
struck me most as I struggled to understand very complicated relationships was how honest
the women were who sold their sexual favours.
(About Erin Pizzey)
There are other forms of prostitution that affect a
far larger number of people to an enormous extent.
Prostitution in the Media
Quotes cited in Who controls C-Span:
We don't print the truth. We don't pretend to print the truth. We print
what people tell us. It's up to the public to decide what's the truth.
Ben Bradley, while Executive Editor of the Washington Post.
Our job is to give people not what they want,
but what we decide they ought to have.
Richard Salant, former president of CBS News.
The 'balanced' report, in some cases, may no
longer be the most effective. Can we afford to wait for our audience to come to its
own conclusions? I think not.
Tena Ryan, senior producer at the Turner Broadcasting System.
protocols of the BBC
By J.W. Boyce
Canadian Press recently reported on a study finding that more women are being charged
with husband abuse.
Should this surprise us? Yes.
But not because men's victimization in the home, or in general, is a
recent phenomenon. It isn't. It's surprising because the news media covered an issue
it has traditionally ignored.
In their widely-cited book "Manufacfacturing Consent", Noam
Chomsky and Edward Herman argue that the U.S. news media are biased. On one hand,
they report on "worthy" victims -- those who have suffered violence in nations
on hostile terms with the United States. They are "featured prominently and
dramatically" with the detail and context needed to "generate reader interest
and sympathetic emotion." In contrast, the "unworthy" victims of violence,
in nations on friendly terms with the United States, "merit only slight detail,
minimal humanization, and little context that will enrage or excite."
My study of Canadian newspapers found a similar phenomenon. But
in this case, the worthy victims were women and the unworthy victims were men.
I examined coverage of gender and violence in 1242 headlines published
in seven major Canadian dailies from 1989 to 1992. (I chose headlines since they summarize
news articles and are the most read and remembered part of a newspaper.) Considering
that statistics on violence typically show that men are at least as victimized as women,
the contrast in the amount of coverage given to each was striking:
Of the 540 headlines which directly referred to the gender of victims,
525 (97.2%) focused on women and 15 (2.8%) focused on men, a ratio of 35 to 1.
A random sampling of the articles accompanying the rest of the
headlines suggested the gap was even greater. I estimated that a total of 991
headlines focused on the gender of victims. Of these, 972 (98.1%) emphasized women
and 19 ( 1.9%) emphasized men, a ratio of 51 to 1.
Our hypothesis is that worthy victims
will be featured prominently and dramatically, that they will be humanized,
and that their victimization will receive
the detail and context in story construction that will generate reader interest
and sympathetic emotion. In contrast,
unworthy victims will merit only slight
detail, minimal humanization, and little
context that will excite and enrage.
Herman and Chomsky,
Consent (1988, p.35)
The contrast in the content of head-lines was as dramatic. The
few headlines on male victims tended to give only raw data on the amount of violence they
suffered. This suffering was not personalized or explained.
Headlines on women focused on the quality, rather than the quantity, of
violence they experienced (the exceptions tended to use words like "epidemic" or
"rampant"). They covered a wide range of subjects from individual cases of
victimization to violence as a societal problem, the term "violence against
women" expanding past sexual and domestic crime to encompass all violent acts.
Women's suffering was increasingly seen less in specific terms, such as
by husbands against wives, and more in general terms, such as by men against women.
These generalizations were especially evident in coverage of the Montreal Massacre.
The actions of Marc Lepine [his real and legal name was Gamil Gharbi
--WHS] were associated with all violence by men against women and his
victims were associated with all women.
Why was violence against women an issue that launched a thousand
headlines? And why was violence against men unable to set even a lifeboat of concern
adrift? One evident reason is that men, being constantly portrayed as the
perpetrators of violence, were easily ignored as victims in a simple dichotomy of good and
The type of sources used by and available to the media were also a
crucial factor. They were lobby groups, government departments, individuals, studies
or programs overwhelmingly focused on women's issues. While they provided the media
with a steady flow of information on women's suffering, there were no parallel sources to
present such information on men.
Digging deeper, this coverage reflects some fundamental ways we think
of women and men in our society. The absence of coverage of male victims is not
surprising in a society that teaches males to be tough, hide their pain and "take it
like a man." If "big boys don't cry" in the play-ground we can hardly
expect men's victimization to be easily expressed in the media.
Many studies have found the media to have a significant impact on
public policy and public perceptions. The portrayal of women's victimization in
newspapers can reasonably be linked to actions like shelter funding and the creation of
the National Panel on Violence Against Women.
Coverage of male victims, or rather the lack of it, can likewise be
linked to inaction. Male victims need not apply.
This article summarizes the master's thesis Jim Boyce recently completed at Wilfrid
Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Copies of the research are available from the
[Note: I tried to find and contact Jim Boyce, but to no avail. In spite of
considerable effort, I've not been able to track him down. WHS]
*The characters NP in the article indicate: "....permission is already given for it
to be reproduced elsewhere for non-profit purposes, provided that Balance and the author
are duly credited and that no material changes are made in its contents." (inside of
cover page of Balance)
The preceding article by Jim Boyce was published in Balance (Spring 1995). Balance
was published quarterly by the Movement for the Establishment of Real Gender Equality
(MERGE). It is no longer in print. Balance is now available at: <http://www.agt.net/public/dolphin/>.
More information about Manufacturing concern is available as per
Manufacturing Concern A
message from Jim Boyce of Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, announcing
his MA thesis addressing media bias, based on a content analysis of headlines in Canadian
Manufacturing Concern Worthy and Unworthy Victims
Headline Coverage of Male and Female Victims of Violence in Canadian Daily
Newspapers, 1989 to 1992
Key Finding: Statistics show that men and women suffer roughly equal
rates of violence. Media coverage of male victimization, however, is virtually
non-existent in contrast to that of female victimization, which not only receives a large
amount of coverage, but is personalized and placed in a societal context for the reader.
Excerpts from 'Manufacturing
The full thesis.
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 1996 11:07:30 -0800 (PST)
From: fathers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Maybe this explains some of the dad-bashing?
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Date: Thu, 7 Mar 1996 13:55:31 -0500
From: alsil <email@example.com>
John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff of the New York Times, called by his peers,
"The Dean of his profession," was asked in 1953 to give a toast before the NY
There is no such thing at this date of the world's history, in America, as an
independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who
dares to write your honest opinions and if you did, you know beforehand that it would
never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the
paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar
things and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on
the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in
one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The
business of a journalist is to destroy truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to
fawn at the feet of mammon and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread.
You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We
are the tools and vassals for rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks,
they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are
all the property of other men.
We are intellectual prostitutes.
Free Speech Newspaper
Does anyone think that John Swinton would substantially
change the content of his speech if he were to give it today?
Conrad Black expressed different (or not so different) views. In "The
Establishment Man" (Peter C. Newman, 1982, MacLelland & Stewart Limited, ISBN
0-7710-6785-2) his views are described as follows:
While Black does admire a few individual journalists, he despises
their profession. "My experience of the working press," he says, "is
that they are a very degenerate group. There is a terrible incidence of alcoholism
and drug abuse. The mental stability of large elements of the press is more open to
question than that of many other comparable groups in society. A number of them are
ignorant, lazy, opiniated, intellectually dishonest, and inadequately supervised."
"The individual journalist, if he has any panache or talent,
becomes something of a celebrity. Much of his social life is built up on the
press-circuit: bars, hangers-on, media groupies, the stifling and depraved gossip of the
degenerate little media community, and the fawning of unfulfilled women, boys, and
hucksters.... Journalism tends to attract the sort of person who settles whimsically on it
as a calling or comes to it after disappointments elsewhere, because of the relative ease
of entry into the field. These people, discouraged and purposeless are easily
influenced by their angrier colleagues. It is by inadvertence, inexperience, the
investigative nature of the press, the antithetical role of the employee, and the
negligence of the employer, and not by any organized subversion, that the press veered
away from being a mirror to society, and became a perverse sort of irregular and often
Black blames this sad state of the journalist's craft on the
decline of resident media proprietors, who might have been excentric and curmudgeonly in
character but at least ran their own shops. "With the rise of the chains,"
he says, "the publisher has become a local coordinator and functionary, answerable to
his absentee employer on economic matters, with a mandate to ensure that the content is
sufficiently anodyne to avoid disputes with advertisers, sufficiently formless to avoid
strikes in the newsrooms. The proprietors take relatively little interest in the
journalistic aspects of the business. ........."[page 196]
Conrad Black is a Canadian entrepreneur who managed to acquire a controlling interest
in the Southam newspaper chain. His intention was to establish a conservative Canadian
national daily paper. [He did, the National Post, which he subsequently sold
to the far-left-of-centre Asper family.] At the present there is none, other than perhaps
the Sun newspaper chain, covering just some of the major cities.
Whichever way we may feel about the media and its agents, they directly
control and influence our lives. Unless we get the media on our side, or until we
see them reporting at least equitably on gender issues, we will be virtually powerless to
get things changed.
The situation described so long ago by John Swinton, and a few years ago by Conrad
Black, has not become any better, if anything, it is now far worse. The following
article is an assessment by Ted Byfield.
Thanks "Nicholas J. Kovats" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
THE FINANCIAL POST
Saturday, July 25, 1998
Views from the West
Exploring the world of 'faction'
Journalists only fake what they really believe in
By TED BYFIELD
The Financial Post
The discovery that several superstars of U.S. newspapers and
television have been manufacturing events and quotations presenting, that is,
fiction as fact has produced the customary analysis, explanations and soul-searching
among media managers and commentators. What's especially noteworthy is not just the
fact the superstars did this, but the absence of any genuine penitence. They plainly
consider themselves justified, as the possessors of The Truth. If they had to
invent a few facts to better portray The Truth, then so be it. If this
becomes habitual, some asked, how can either newspapers or television newscasts sustain
Three instances have attracted attention:
Stephen Glass, boy wonder of the New
Republic, was revealed to have introduced fiction into 27 of 41 articles he wrote for that
publication, much cherished by the U.S. intelligentsia. Implication: If their
readers are so smart, how come they didn't notice this sooner?
Patricia Smith, celebrated columnist for
the Boston Globe and a Pulitzer Prize nominee, was caught injecting into her column quotes
for people to have said. Which they didn't. She was fired, but that didn't end
the problem. It turns out Smith had co-written the script for a highly publicized
PBS television series, Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery, slated to
begin airing Oct. 19.
How credible can it be, if the co-writer was given to presenting
fiction as fact? The network hastened to make explanations. The script was heavily
"scrutinized." Everything had been checked by a team of historians.
Short of cancelling the whole series, what else could they do?
- Peter Arnett, star reporter of CNN television, who got the
big scoop the U.S. military killed 100 Vietnamese villagers with nerve gas and secretly
butchered army defectors in 1970, was let off with a reprimand. The story turned out
to be false, and blanket denials of it had been ignored in CNN's coverage.
But with this came another embarrassment. Arnett wasn't fired
because the story had actually been reported by two producers, both of whom were
ousted. He had merely read it on the air. Implication: How many others of
television's on-the-spot reporters aren't anywhere near the spot, but merely read what
somebody else has covered?
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., writing in the American Spectator,
notes the absence of any real contrition in the miscreants. "Most of these
journalistic forgers actually believe they are morally unassailable," he
writes. The New Republic, for instance, published a letter in which Glass
is portrayed as a modern-day Jonathan Swift. Smith sees herself as guilty of mere
"indiscretions." The fired CNN producers remain defiant, apparently
believing they are victims of management reprisal.
Floyd Abrams, a lawyer who specializes in press freedom, deems the CNN
story "not fair" because it minimized or ignored the denials. He
attributed the fake to the "deeply held beliefs" of the producers.
Now that, I would say, explains this phenomenon of fact-faking.
Journalists, including Canadian ones, bring to the job a set of "deeply held
beliefs" founded in an unconscious ideology. You could almost catalogue them:
military men lie, peace crusaders tell the truth. Victims can be trusted; cops
can't. Minorities are invariably innocent, majorities invariably guilty. Women
are dependably sensitive and caring, men callous and aggressive. The bureaucrat acts
benevolently, the executive opportunistically.
But would Canadian journalists and television producers actually
tell lies? Not that we've so far proved. But what about this:
The report by Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Horace Krever into the
tainted blood scandal spent two chapters deploring the Red Cross's failure to prohibit
gays from giving blood because it feared being labelled homophobic. This resulted in
thousands of infections and many deaths, all avoidable. Scarcely a word of this
appeared in media coverage of the report. Why? Because, I suspect, of our
journalists' "deeply held belief" one doesn't cast minorities in an unfavorable
As for television, we have the peculiarly Canadian device known as the
"docudrama" part documentary, part fiction, with no effort to distinguish
which is which superbly exemplified by the CBC-National Film Board's The Valour
and the Horror series. This way all sorts of quotes can be invented and
implicitly presented as fact.
Nobody gets fired. Everybody gets prizes. And above all, it
enables the telling of The Truth.
Ted Byfield is the founder of Western Report, Alberta
Report and B.C. Report newsmagazines [now published also in Ontario and known
under the name The REPORT].
Copyright © 1998, Canoe Limited Partnership.
All rights reserved.
P.S.: In the U.S.A. it became officially known in the beginning of March
1983, that blood-clotting factors distributed to hemophiliacs were tainted
with HIV and hepatitis B and C, yet, it took quite a while before the blood
products were cleaned up and and hemophiliacs could be sure that being
treated with blood-clotting factors would not infect them with hepatitis and
HIV. more than 20,000 hemophiliacs became infected and more than 7,500
died as a result of the infections given to them by medical services.
Sources queried, newsman is fired
NEW YORK (AP) The world's largest news agency has admitted that one of its
reporters cited experts, institutions and advocacy groups whose existence cannot be
Christopher Newton was fired by Associated Press on Sept. 16 after the agency received
inquiries about a Sept. 8 story about U.S. crime statistics. AP corrected that story.
Wendy McElroy discusses:
Feminist Urban Legends
The FOXNews URL is
The ifeminists.com URL is
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
By Wendy McElroy
Advocacy research refers to studies and reports produced by people with a vested
interest in reaching a foregone conclusion. Politically correct feminism is notorious for
its advocacy research and for the shoddy methodology that often accompanies political
Fox News chose to omit the modifier "feminist" in their title for the
article, however, it is a must for anyone to read the article, regardless of what title is
chosen for it. The article lists excellent standards that should be applied by the media
in choosing articles for publishing, so as to put an end to the promotion of advocacy
research, slander and ad-hominem attacks by opponents of the truth.