Tits and Sass blog contributor Brit Schulte, with assistance from Cathryn Berarovich, takes the Green Party to task over its anti-choice stance on prostitution in an August 4 post, and faults presumptive GP nominee Jill Stein for failing to speak out on the issue.
“Calling for increased top-down legislation, more police, and harsher sentences for sex workers and their communities puts you on the same side as those advocating for the continued expansion of the prison industrial complex, mass incarceration, and the targeting of marginalized communities for carceral punishment,” writes Schulte.
While she notes that Jill Stein “has not made any public statement on the subject of sex workers’ rights,” and is technically not a member of the national Green Party but only of the party’s Massachusetts affiliate, Schulte faults the presumptive GP presidential nominee for failing to challenge or amend the Green Party platform. That platform includes statements like, “An increasing number of experts think the percentage of choice prostitution is very small, leaving the larger number of women exposed to serious and often fatal violence. Much of what is commonly called prostitution is actually sex trafficking by definition.”