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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 »

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 »

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 »

Two books about prostitution in Sweden give important historical perspectives

Robert Schenck, recurrent guest reviewer on RealStars, has reviewed two books by Eva F. Dahlgren: Fallen Women. When the bottom of society should learn their place [Fallna kvinnor. När samhällets bottensats skulle lära sig hut] and What happened to the children? How the smallest became a commodity [Vad hände med barnen? Hur de minsta blev… Read more »

Tess, the film and prostitution in South Africa

Linda Schenck has seen the film and now shares her impressions of it in the review below. We get to meet Tess and learn about her impending, dark fate. Tess is a young woman who lives a life of prostitution in Cape Town, South Africa and who gets through her days with the help of… Read more »

(Svenska) Fimfestivalen igång – Fair Sex är i blickfånget för Realstars

Vid årets filmfestival, finns i programmet som vid tidigare års festivaler ett  antal filmer som bör intresserar RealStars, ofta är prostitution i dessa filmer huvudtema och i bland har det varit andra ingångar för att reflektera kring Fair Sex i relationer och även gråzoner. Robert Schenck, som recenserar filmer för Realstars har samlat några av… Read more »

Book review: Katarina Wennstam’s ’Flickan och skammen – En bok om samhällets syn på slampor’ (2016) (’The girl and the shame – a book about the society’s view on sluts’)

”Girls and women have always been demonised for their sexuality. The female lust has always been questioned, shrouded by rules and control. The woman who has not followed the narrow model has been smothered, cheapened, become a pariah.”   This is Wennstam’s third reportage book after ’Flickan och skulden’ (’The girl and the guilt’, 2002)… Read more »