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Title: The gender equality potential of new anti-prostitution policy: a critical juncture for concrete reform
Author(s): St Denny, Emily
Contact Email: emily.stdenny@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Prostitution/sex work
Abolitionism
France
Policy
Implementation
Gender equality
Issue Date: 24-Feb-2020
Citation: St Denny E (2020) The gender equality potential of new anti-prostitution policy: a critical juncture for concrete reform. French Politics. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41253-020-00109-7
Abstract: In April 2016, France adopted a new law enshrining a conception of prostitution as a form of violence against women that needed to be ‘abolished’ and setting up a complex policy framework to achieve this end. This framework comprises a criminal justice ‘pillar’ dedicated to prohibiting and punishing the purchase of sexual services, and a social service ‘pillar’ dedicated to providing financial and social support to individuals involved in selling sex—uniformly assumed to be women and systematically considered to be victims. The new policy was supposed to break from 70 years of symbolic politics characterised by ambiguous regulation, low political attention, and lax policy implementation. Drawing on documentary and interview data, and using the Gender Equality Policy in Practice framework to determine the policy’s current and potential impact on women’s rights and gender equality, this article argues that implementation of France’s new anti-prostitution policy is currently at a critical juncture. Budget reductions, a lack of central state steering, and competing policy priorities are contributing to hollowing out the policy of its capacity to support individuals wishing to exit prostitution while possibly deteriorating the working conditions of those who cannot or do not wish to exit.
DOI Link: 10.1057/s41253-020-00109-7
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