I’m engaged in questioning how the idea of Gender Equality has reached the point of causing so much conflict amongst feminists and non-feminists alike. The problem isn’t just about prostitution/sex work or about those plus porn, but certainly the whole idea of sex as something that can be ‘equal’ is very
problematic. Therefore I’ve started a column at The Local , a big news media site in Sweden, where I now live. It’s called The Other Swedish Model in reference to the famous fact that women have achieved more equality in Sweden than in most other places on earth and therefore Swedish gender policy is often used as a standard (the original Swedish Model is economic).
But there are problems within Sweden itself, not least amongst feminists. Since Sweden’s model of prostitution law is being promoted and copies all over the place, it’s useful to know that there’s dissent inside the country about it.
The first post was The Pleasures of Dissent: Not?
And the second Violence Against Women: Too much of a bad thing?
Actually, I wrote a piece years ago that I still stand by: Sex workers and violence against women: Utopic visions or battle of the sexes?
But now I want to go back and try to figure out what we mean by ‘equal’ and how we think it can apply to sex and bodies. Which now seems to me very odd.
Laura Agustín, Border Thinking on Migration, Trafficking and Commercial Sex