Pimp State: how should society respond to the global sex trade?

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Wolfson Lecture Theatre, New Academic Building, United Kingdom


Kat Banyard

Author and founder of UK Feminista


Dr Helen Pankhurst

Research Fellow at LSE Department of Gender Studies

How society should respond to the rise of the sex trade is shaping up to be one of the twenty-first century's big questions. 

Never before have prostitution, strip clubs and pornography been as profitable, widely used or embedded in mainstream culture as they are today. How society should respond to the rise of the sex trade is shaping up to be one of the twenty-first century's big questions. Should it be legal to pay for sex? Isn’t it a woman’s choice if she strips for money? Is online porn warping the attitudes of a generation of boys? Feminist author and campaigner Kat Banyard will discuss these questions with Mia de Faoite - a survivor of prostitution. 

Kat Banyard is author of Pimp State: Sex, Money and the Future of Equality (2016) and Founder of UK Feminista.

UK Feminista is an organisation that supports people to take action for equality between women and men. In 2010 Kat was named in the Guardian as "the most influential young feminist in the country" and in 2011 she was selected as one of the Observer's 50 contemporary innovators, described as “Game-changers whose vision is transforming the world around us”.

Dr Helen Pankhurst is Research Fellow at LSE Department of Gender Studies.

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