Posts Categorized: Recensioner

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 »

MOVIE REVIEW: THE APOLOGY

Reporting from the annual Gothenburg Film Festival, Robert Schenck has seen and reviewed the renowned movie The Apology – a movie depicting the reality of estimated 200,000 women and girls in eastern Asia during the second world war. These women, captured by the Japanese army who at the time had occupied several countries in eastern… 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 »

Prayers for the Stolen – a captivating and poetic story

Realstar’s guest blogger Robert Schenck has reviewed the book A prayer for the stolen (2015) about young women in Mexico who live under constant threat of violence, and to be forced into the terrible sex trade. ”Do read this well-written and educative novel but brace yourself for some painful reading.”  Schenck writes. Prayers for the Stolen is not only… Read more »

Rachel Moran – Paid For

Paid For – My Journey Through Prostitution by Rachel Moran Gill & Macmillan , Dublin, 2013 Book review by Robert Schenck 140923 Like all excellent books, Paid For can be read from many points of view. The book is a personal, political and feminist manifesto and, at the same time, a stylistic account of a… Read more »

When nobody is looking

The Gothenburg Film Festival is over but RealStars continues to view films on the theme of Fair Sex and its opposites. One film that has touched us is “When Nobody is Looking” – a film about child sex trafficking from ECPAT, directed by Ulla Lemberg and David Herdies. The film tells us something about the… Read more »