I hate being on the other side of the camera. It is mostly based on vanity. I hate seeing myself. (But I must admit, I love hearing myself! God bless Talk Radio!) I love being the one making the films, but I hate to be the one in it. With that said, I put my vanity aside and agreed to be part of 2 new documentaries on the subject of RI’s prostitution law.
Two groups of law students are currently making documentaries on the subject I covered in “Happy Endings?”. I was interviewed by one of the groups (Suffolk Law Students) yesterday, and I will be interviewed by another group of students today.
Also interviewed yesterday was Mimi Budnick of D.A.R.E. (who also appears in Happy Endings?) and Marc from Citizens Against Criminalization and Matthew from Providence Daily Dose (both of whom I met after finishing the film)
The students were interviewing all the people involved in the recent legislative battle. During the interview they said they could only find people who were for the law. They wanted to hear why we were against it. One thing I realized while being interviewed: Does my opinion even matter?
I don’t think it should matter what I think, just like it really shouldn’t matter what Donna Hughes or Citizens against Prostitution Trafficking think. I am not a sex worker, as far as I know Donna Hughes is or was not a prostitute, so why does it matter what outsiders think of the industry? (I am talking about prostitution not human trafficking, it is unfortunate I have to keep reenforcing that point)
Why is it when the government debates healthcare the loudest voices are from the insurance company and health care industry. Yet when the debate on prostitution, we don’t hear the voices of those in the industry? If they are brave enough to speak, they are often attacked by those who claim to want the law because it “helps women”.
To me, it all goes back to privacy issues. Why should anyone (including government) have a point of view on what two consenting adults do behind closed doors? When you strip away all the propaganda, that is what this law is all about. Actually if you look even closer you see that essentially all the time and energy spent on this is moronic when this is a response on 40 or so Korean women who were giving massages and hand jobs, very few of these places are “full service”. (The new law even has specific language for hand jobs)
I do think it is interesting that so many homosexuals were fighting for this law. Actually, with the exception of Providence’s openly gay mayor, the majority of this anti-prostitution push comes from lesbians. Yes, I am a lesbian too, one of the few who fought against it. Why does it really matter to all these homos? I would think they would be more focused on legislative efforts for gay marriage in Rhode Island instead of working on a law against commercial heterosexual sex, especially when the law will have disproportionate effect on women. Where is the sisterhood?