Michael Glawogger’s film Whores’ Glory has made me really think and re-evaluate how I look at prostitution.
Prostitution is not illegal in the province of Ontario, but it has so many other laws surrounding the issue it is very well-restricted. This has proved to be problematic and has recently become an issue brought to the attention of Canadian courts.
Toronto Judge Susan Himel is fighting hard to strike the other laws that pertain to prostitution in Ontario. She has made the claim that current laws in place severely hinder the safety of prostitutes.
A solid example of these supporting laws is –
- Criminal Code prohibitions against keeping a common bawdy house, living on the avails of prostitution and communicating for the purposes of the trade.
So political jibber jabber aside, I’d really like to hammer down some thoughts I’ve been troubling myself with lately. Prostitution has a serious negative connotation as a dirty industry ridden with drugs and alcohol. I’m certainly not on this train anymore.
For instance, the word “prostitute” is not exclusively used in this context. But metaphorically can be extended to the act of working towards an unworthy cause.
Dictionary.com defines it as: A person who misuses their talents or who sacrifices their self-respect for the sake of personal or financial gain
Not exactly a neutral tone and that ain’t slang.
Whores’ Glory was a film that revealed and informed. I loved exploring the different communities that fostered prostitutes. The cultural comparisons were tremendously interesting to spectate as with each different country they varied drastically.
I recently stumbled across a column in McSweeney’s that is about a Toronto-based “escort with a day job.” Short articles that tackle many of the above mentioned issues in the context of the job in Toronto. “Bianca,” the writer, is very candid and honest without showing a stitch of pretension as a writer or an escort.
Another thing I picked up:
- A customer of a prostitute is regarded as a “john,” “trick” or a “punter.”
- Men who drive around designated areas are referred to as “kerb crawlers”
YOU’VE STILL GOT TIME TO SEE THE DOCUMENTARY Whores’ GloryAT TIFF!!! Friday September 16, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2, 10:15pm