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New review by Robert Schenck – The theater piece Föddhora

On Friday, February 14, 2020, Robert Schenck visited Stora Teatern in Gothenburg to see the production of Föddhora. Föddhora is a theater piece by Martina Montelius played by Lo Kauppi. Here are Robert’s reflections after seeing the play. For those who missed the opportunity in Gothenburg, the set will also be played at Vävenscenen in… Read more »

Thailandssvenskarna – a book about males who purchase sex in Thailand

RealStars guest blogger Robert Schenk reviews a reportage book regarding the Swedish men who travel to Thailand to purchase sex – What are they thinking? And why do some of them move there? In Thailandssvenskarna (which means the Swedes in Thailand in English), the investigative journalist Joakim Medin brings the reader inside the Thai sex… Read more »

Opponents to the Sex Purchase Act write book that impedes our work

RealStars works actively against trafficking, both nationally and internationally. We advocate for reducing the demand and letting the sex purchaser take responsibility for their actions, which in international context is called “the Nordic model”. Prostitution leads to increased trafficking. If the buyer is criminalized, the demand will be reduced, which is an effective way to… Read more »

Prominent British feminist shatters myths about prostitution and advocates the Sex Purchase Act

Our guest blogger Robert Schenck has read the book Pimp State and written a book review that highlights the importance of the sex purchase Act. In an easy-to-read format, the author Kat Banyard explains why the legalization of sex purchases is so problematic and how laws that allow prostitution are normative and characterize society’s view… Read more »

English book argues for the ”Nordic model”

Realstars’ guest blogger Robert Schenck regularly contributes with reviews of movies, books and other things that deals with trafficking, prostitution and sex purchasing. This time, Robert Schenck has taken on the book The Sex Economy, which brings up different perspectives on prostitution and decades of research and debates. One strength of the book is how… Read more »

Award-winning Austrian movie about trafficking at Göteborg´s Film Festival

RealStars guest blogger Robert Schenk reviews the new film Joy which attended Göteborgs film festival. The movie is based on thorough research to give a believable depiction of trafficking to Europe from West Africa, but it would have been a stronger message if the causes were clarified – the requests in the west and the… Read more »

Women who survived prostitution share their stories

RealStars guestblogger Robert Schenck reviews the bok Prostitution Narratives, stories of the survival in the sex trade, where the reader gets to share in the valuable stories and experiences of the survivors of prostitution Author: Caroline Norma and Melinda Tankard Reist, editors Publisher: Spinifex Press, North Melbourne, Australia, 2016 Book review by Robert Schenck “…there… Read more »

The nuclear family and the double moral meet in an animated drama about prostitution

Our guest blogger Robert Schenck reviews Tehran Taboo, an animated film about prostitution, female oppression and corruption in Iran today. This is an attractive film with strong credibility. Title: Tehran Taboo [Teheran Tabu in Swedish] Editor: Ali Soozandeh Manus: Ali Soozaneh and Grit Kienzlen Year: 2018 Film Review of Robert Schenck In Ali Soozandeh’s film,… Read more »

The Pimping of Prostitution by Julie Bindel – A book about the international resistance against the Nordic model

Review by Robert Schenck Julie Bindel, famous English journalist and feminist, talks about her long standing, global fight against prostitution, and for “the Nordic model”. In the book we get to read about the tremendously strong forces that she has to work against and also about the arguments and strategies of the prostitution advocators. Before… Read more »