This article has been going around Facebook a little bit.
There are some people that have been very impressed by how Sweden has dealt with prostitution. As an example, within the last five years Stockholm, the number of women in prostitution have been reduced by two thirds. And the number of johns has been reduced by 80%.
As well as something in their law which says this; This according to the article.
“In Sweden prostitution is regarded as an aspect of male violence against women and children. It is officially acknowledged as a form of exploitation of women and children and constitutes a significant social problem… gender equality will remain unattainable so long as men buy, sell and exploit women and children by prostituting them.”
I’m going to let you read the article, which outlines what has happened quite comprehensively why this works. Then, I will ask you this question.
Can this concept work here in Canada? Or, is this too simplistic of an idea for a complex problem?
It’s Emma Watson speech to the U.N. about women’s rights. To sum her speech, she has invited, and encouraged, men to be a part of the conversation. She encouraged men to express their sensivity and be themselves.
Now as a man I have a bit of a …..reputation….in coming across sensitive. I’m ok with that because it is true. I also have spoke for equality. As one simple example, I find it ridiculous that in 2014, there are still issues and a debate about equal work and equal pay.
However, also as a man, one of the points that Emma made is there have been times our participation hasn’t been welcome by some. It might be because we men have made many, many inappropriate comments. Fair enough. However, I know that there are men that want to speak properly into this.
My question, or questions if you will,to you is this. How should men speak into this conversation? How do we make valuable conversation into the legitimate concerns women have expressed over the years? How do we help move the conversation forward?
On this Podcast, Terry Lo, Agatha Smykot, Julie Huston, and I discuss going to,the gym. Why people go and why they don’t.
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Purpose of going to the gym
The benefits of having a personal trainer.
Concerns about having a personal trainer.
How to pick a personal trainer.
Dating in the gym?
Expectations of men in the gym
Expectations of women in the gym
Accountability and motivation outside of the gym