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Some Mother's Daughter: the Hidden Movement of Prostitute Women Against Violence

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 03 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:561
  1. Jenny Kitzinger, director
  1. Centre for Media and Communications Research, Brunel University, Uxbridge

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    International Prostitutes Collective (ed Nina Lopez-Jones)

    Crossroads Books, £8, pp 180

    ISBN 0 951 7775 8 X

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    Vice girl, social pariah, the victim who “asks for it”—these are some of the stereotypes about prostitutes. Rape, beatings, and abuse are often seen as inevitable, almost justified, hazards of “the lifestyle.” The murder of at least six prostitutes in Glasgow over the past nine years has been met with a resounding silence. Their deaths are not deemed worthy of major news coverage. Only when “ordinary” women are attacked does such violence become noteworthy.

    This is not new. When the Yorkshire Ripper, an English serial killer, was terrorising women in northern England the media distinguished between prostitutes and “innocent” victims. The attorney general …

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