The Ontario Court of Appeal recently released its judgment in Bedford v. Canada, a case which challenged Canada’s prostitution laws as unconstitutional. The court struck down the law criminalizing brothels but upheld the communication provision, that is the law that criminalizes street prostitution. While some hail this decision as a victory, many believe the decision and the purpose of the case has been misunderstood and misrepresented.
On April 3, 2012 Janine Benedet presented a talk at the University of British Columbia law school, called: "The Invisible Man: Reflections on the Bedford case”. She looks at discourse surrounding the case, representations of the issues, potential implications of the decision, as well as what has been left out of the discussion surrounding prostitution in Canada and in the Bedford case.
Professor Benedet teaches in the fields of criminal law, labour law and sexual assault law. Her main areas of research interests include pornography, labour employment law, and prostitution. She was co-counsel for the intervenor – the Women’s Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution in the Bedford case.
For more information about The F Word, or to check out our blog, please visit: www.feminisms.org
Thank you for reading this story...
More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all. But media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our only supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help.
If everyone who visits rabble and likes it chipped in a couple of dollars per month, our future would be much more secure and we could do much more: like the things our readers tell us they want to see more of: more staff reporters and more work to complete the upgrade of our website.
We’re asking if you could make a donation, right now, to set rabble on solid footing.