Sex workers, allies, protest Gail Dines anti-porn talk in Halifax

Apr 25, 2014
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Sex workers and their allies were calling on anti-porn activist Gail Dines to give them a voice in discussions about the sex trade on Thursday.

Stepping Stone, a Halifax organization that promotes safety for sex workers, organized a protest in front of the World Trade and Convention Centre on Thursday while Dines was speaking on women’s human rights at the Emergent Learning conference inside.

Dines, author of Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality, has focused obsessively on the hypersexualization of women and girls.

But Fiona Traynor, the chair of the board at Stepping Stone, thinks the way Dines presents these issues is damaging.

“Ms. Dines is kind of a catalyst for people who want to say that all sex work is bad and … leads to the subjugation of women, completely ignoring the fact that there are men and transgendered sex workers within the porn industry and in the sex work industry itself,” she said.

A ticket for the conference cost $250 – a price Stepping Stone contends is extremely restrictive.

Protesters gather outside the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre to protest a talk given by Gail Dines. Protesters say that her views on sex work are too broad and that she supports dangerous sex work legislation. Mitch Ward / For Metro.

Protesters gather outside the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre to protest a talk given by Gail Dines. Protesters say that her views on sex work are too broad and that she supports dangerous sex work legislation. PHOTO: Mitch Ward / For Metro.

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[…] Protesters gather outside the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre to protest a talk given by Gail Dines. Protesters say that her views on sex work are too broad and that she supports dangerous …read more     […]

Anthony Kennerson
Anthony Kennerson
6 years ago

Nice to see more and more sex workers and other folks giving Gail the business and not letting her dominate the microphone.

Also….$250 a head?? Nice anticapitalism you have, Professor Dines.

Ernest Greene
Ernest Greene
6 years ago

I’d just like to know what percentage of that ridiculous ticket price for the privilege of listening to tired, old Dines’ tired old lies yet again actually goes into her pocket.

Porn been very, very good to Prof. Dines. If her campaign ever succeeds, which of course it won’t, she might have to go work for a living instead of being a professional hate pimp.

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