petite, bohemian, feminine goth lady, femme fatale, and sexy trollop of wild abandon...
prostitute of the streets, kept woman, whore...I am all of these...with total abandon

'in truth…she is a salamander, she is a nymph…she is a bacchante of the menelean mount.'

My Desires:

all of France, especially Paris
Italian men
sultry dark eyes
the seductive feel of black velvet and black silk
black garters and black silk stockings
the occult
blood vampirism
the night



Friday, April 2, 2010

Legalising French Brothels

Although there have been brothels in France since the middle of the 13th century (legalised during that period by royal decree), they were outlawed in 1946, along with active solicitation. Many former brothel owners soon opened "hôtels de passe" where prostitutes could continue working. Additionally, passive solicitation (streetwalking) was outlawed in 2003 as part of a package of law-and-order measures by then-interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy.

Ironically, now that Sarkozy is President, there is a proposal under his administration to re-open brothels. Chantal Brunel, a member of the ruling UMP, called on French authorities to study the possibility of legalising centres where prostitutes could work within a regulated and protected framework. She has stated it's time to move away from attempts to stamp out prostitution and instead focus on making the sex trade safer for prostitutes, and she has urged the government to look at other countries, such as the Netherlands and Switzerland, in which licensed brothels are legal. "Prostitutes are finding themselves even more badly treated and damaged than before," she said. "We have to stop their exploitation." More than half of French people agree with this.

However, a month ago, many prostitutes gathered on the streets of Paris to protest this, stating it would deny them the freedom to work on their own. Instead, they are calling for the repeal of the 2003 law which bans streetwalking.

My opinion: While I do understand the concerns of my sisters in the life who oppose this due to the possibility they might be under the control of unscrupulous managers, I completely agree with the legalisation and re-opening of the French brothels; this would be a safe haven for prostitutes. And I also feel it's time to lift the current ban on streetwalking: we hookers should have the right to work when and where we choose.

Now if only adult prostitution in all its forms could be legal here throughout the U.S.


  1. Yes, a very touchy one that (no puns intended) but bravo for tackling it and offering a well evidenced opinion.
    I agree with you entirely on this piece.
    Yes I'm a man,so I guess my opinion holds less sway, therefore I will take baby steps with this one.
    I am a strong advocate/fighter for human rights, safety and choice and I figure the re-opening of brothels is a step in the right direction for some. But not all and this is where my hackles rise (and obviously yours).
    Why not take a giant step and revisit the whole legalisation, or at least decriminalisation of sex work no matter where it is conducted? That way a greater amount of choice can be made by the worker and they can weigh up the safety and economic benefits of either. They know best, not the government.
    Nice post.

  2. I agree with you completely: human rights cannot be applicable to just a few, but rather to everyone. And no, I certainly don't think your opinions hold any less sway re: the issue of legalising brothels because you're male; unlike some of those radical, way-out feminists, I believe men have extremely important contributions to make towards women's issues and to human rights overall. And thank you for the kind words, Dan! :)




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