PROSTITUTION IN THE EU - What’s the problem represented to be?
Sammanfattning: This study presents perceptions of prostitution found in the legislation debate in the EU and inwhich way these affect the policy making by examining EU policy documents and the EuropeanWomen Lobby’s statements on future prospects. To unveil the discourses and stigmas ofprostitution and their effect feminist theories is a necessity. The feminist theories can be usedto unwrap and understand the stigmas and discourses of prostitution and with the help of CarolBacchi’s (2009) method of discourse analysis “What’s the problem represented to be?” thestudy develops an understanding for how we are governed. There are definitely traces of boththe “whore” stigma and the “victim” stigma in the debate of prostitution legislation, reproducedby the discourse of victimization and the discourse of the happy prostitute, which shows thatthe governing has not been made completely objectively and the legislation also has spill overstigmas on the buyers believing that they will follow the national laws. Resulting in that thewants and needs of those affected by the legislation are being assumed by others out ofstigmatization. However, despite the EU resolution the member states act alone on the matterand still have different legislation.
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