About Prostitution

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comment by greenmackenzie, June 14, 2013 at flickrcomments: house of the rising sun
“Still love the Joan Baez version….but then I love female singers! Great song, great post….and fabulous photo which is what drew me in the first place …”

frizztext feedback:
So we have again the contest of music, words and images against each other. And as always, I’m interested in who will win in the end!
P.S.: as usual no comment is related to the song lyrics …
The song lyric is about prostitution. The voice of Joan Baez expresses the suffering and desperation of women. The bawling of Eric Burdon is that of the football fans. Currently Germany is the brothel in Europe due to very liberal legislation. For women from Eastern Europe it is often the way into hell.

she, greenmackenzie, Seonaid, from Scotland, answered (read comments below):
“Deep reflections frizz, and I can definitely relate more to female suffering than football fans! I am always saddened by human trafficking, especially for the sex trade, it reflects mans inhumanity to woman so graphically.”

I’ve heard many versions of the song “The House of the Rising Sun“. The early versions by Leadbelly, Josh White, Libby Holman, Texas Alexander, Odetta. Then Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Doc Watson, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, The Animals / Eric Burdon, The Beatles. Also The Doors, Dolly Parton, Pink Floyd, Muse, Duran Duran, Bon Jovi, The Ventures, Gary Glitter, Tori Amos, Jimi Hendrix, Frijid Pink, Led Zeppelin, Ten Years After, Santa Esmeralda.
Then the great voices (after Joan Baez): Nina Simone, Odetta, Georgia Turner, Mary Hopkin, Tracy Chapman, Sinead O’Connor (!!!).


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10 responses to “About Prostitution

  1. Deep reflections frizz, and I can definitely relate more to female suffering than to football fans! I am always saddened to my core by human trafficking, especially for the sex trade, it reflects mans inhumanity to woman so graphically.


  2. One of my all time favourite songs, tho I do have to confess I like the Eric Burdon version too. Long ago when I played a guitar it was the first song I learned to perform. But yes, our thoughts are with all poor women, or indeed, men and children who have to sell their bodies in order to live.Sad, sad, sad. Too often the use-abusers in this world hold sway.


  3. Hell, is right. Your post makes me think of images – children of prostitutes in India -a documentary film Born into Brothels : Calcutta’s Red Light Kids http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Born_into_Brothels

    That is one hauntingly sad song, Joan Baez laments


  4. I’ve never heard this version. Chilling. Thank you, Frizz, for having courage to make this post. Awareness and action is the key. These children and girls have their hopes and dreams dashed to pieces and are so wounded. May we do our best to reverse this through new legislation and rescue.


  5. Sexual slavery, especially of children who are robbed, sold even by their parents out of desperation or coercion, and kidnapped, is one of the, if not “the” worst evil in the world today. What hell those poor children must suffer every single day of their lives. May the wheels of justice turn faster to abolish this evil worldwide.


  6. As for your link to the Time article:

    The claim of Brad Tuttle that “Prostitution became legal in Germany in 2002” is wrong. Prostitution is legal in Germany since 1927 (!) and sex workers have to pay taxes since 1964.

    The new prostitution law of 2002 changed some aspects pertaining to the legal relationship between sex workers and clients and some criminal law provisions. It recognized the contract between sex workers and clients as legal and introduced the rights of sex workers to sue clients unwilling to pay for sexual services already provided. In addition, sex workers received the right to health insurance and social security. The law also forbids the right of direction (Weisungsrecht) by the employer in cases where a sex worker is employed at a brothel, for instance. In this way, a sex worker would always be able to determine to which sexual practices she or he would agree or not. What is misleadingly called the ”legalization“ of prostitution is actually the recognition of sex work as labor.

    The “recent reports”, Tuttle mentions, which “paint legalized prostitution in Germany largely as a failure” were deeply flawed and heavily biased, just as this article shows that Brad Tuttle didn’t do his homework.

    Sonja Dolinsek and myself did, however, as did attorney Thomas Stadler. You can read our critique of the SPIEGEL report in English at ‘Feminist Ire’.

    Does legal prostitution really increase human trafficking in Germany?


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