The lexicon of prostitution reflects both the social reality of this phenomenon and the various ways in which it has been considered a escort problem. To refer to all people living from the sale of sexual services using a common term not only contributes to marking europe out as a separate group but also suggests a particular relationship to the norm and, more generally, to the social world.
One also finds a departure from the norm in the case of the resolute opponents of regulated prostitution, the English abolitionists. Legal terminology also reveals a lot about the way in which, historically, the phenomenon of prostitution has been understood.
At the turn of the 19 th th century, escorts regarding prostitution adopted in Norway, Finland and Sweden were part of a broader set of laws against vagrancy. It should also be noted that many of europe laws were formulated in a gendered way, presupposing that prostitution could only be exercised by women for europe clients. This concept has been challenged since the s under the influence of two antagonistic movements: one advocating the recognition of prostitution as a profession, the other defining it as intolerable sexist violence.
It was not until the s that prostitutes began to express their own positions publicly, and it was not until the s and s that they were able to develop genuine escort organisations.
Together for a europe free from prostitution
The unprecedented public expression of prostitutes was accompanied by the promotion of a new vocabulary. Some countries have responded positively to these requests for professional recognition and institutionalization.
Even though the legal texts were formulated in a neutral way, prostitution is envisaged europe again as essentially exercised by women for a escort clientele, ignoring the growing share of male and transgender prostitutes. Swedish policy was held up as a model in many countries where feminists and abolitionists advocate its adoption.
Prostitution in europe
This is the case in France where mobilisation in the linguistic field is particularly evident. CorbinAlain, Les filles de noce.
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European Lexicon of Prostitution 19thst centuries. Print PDF. Bibliography CorbinAlain, Les filles de noce.
Recommanded articles. Yannick RIPA.
Prostitution in a colonial setting. Regulating Prostitution. Male prostitution, 19 th th centuries.