This paper investigates to what extend feminism and liberalism is represented in the political debates on the prostitution bills from 1998 in respectively the Danish and the Swedish parliament. This investigation has its motivation in a proposal of a global decriminalization of prostitution released by Amnesty International 7 July 2015, which caused a decrease in the membership of the Swedish Amnesty, while number of members in the Danish Amnesty remained the same. These opposite reactions to the proposal indicated a fundamental difference within the two countries that ought to be explored. Using an understanding of feminism based on theory by the radical feministic Andrea Dworkin and the theory of postmodern feministic Lynn Sharon Chancer, and an understanding of liberalism based on theory by John Stuart Mill and Peter de Marneffe, aspects of these ideologies in the debates are investigated through an analysis of argumentation and political framing. This analysis identifies very few liberal arguments in the Danish debate, while the arguments related to feminism is almost non-existent. The focus in the Danish debate is rather an idea of societal inequality based on financial issues. In the Swedish debate however, a big part of the argumentation is related to feminism, because the issue of prostitution is argued to originate from the patriarchal society. Feministic arguments are predominant in the Swedish debate, but few liberal arguments discussing individual autonomy and the harm principle are present as well. This paper concludes that the Swedish debate to a great extent has arguments based on ideology, particularly in feminism, while the Danish debate rather discusses the practical aspects of decriminalizing prostitution.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||21 dec. 2015|