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The Prostitutes of Lyon Speak

Prostituatele din Lyon vorbesc

74 films in 13 categories
Carole Roussopoulos
France
46'


1975
Photo Film

V.O.

French

subtitles

English, Romanian

producer


Original Title

Les prostituées de Lyon parlent

CATEGORY

FOCUS CENTRE SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR - ONE IS NOT BORN, BUT RATHER BECOMES, A WOMAN

synopsis

On June 2nd of 1975, around 200 female sex workers set up a dormitory and occupied the Saint-Nizier church in Lyon. They were protesting against the brutal torture and murder of sex workers and the fact that the police, instead of going after the perpetrators of these crimes, preferred to fine and imprison the women who reported them. These women talk with Carole Roussopoulos about their lives as prostitutes - an economic necessity brought on by a system that undervalues and oppresses women and then condemns them for the choices they make -, but moreover as women and as mothers. They demand police abuse and state hypocrisy to be stopped, together with tax and social harassment: the state profits massively from their work, while refusing to acknowledge their rights. Outside of the church, the onlookers and passersby (mainly men) can see the debates as they are broadcasted on video screens. Their protest action itself was short lived but it captured national attention and consequently was the start of similar church occupations throughout France. It is commonly regarded as the birth of the modern sex workers rights movement all around the world. Sadly, little appears to have changed in the years since 1975. The fight must go on, everywhere! (by Vanina Vignal)

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* screenshots : ©Les prostituées de Lyon parlent / CaSdB

* Adopted by: SexWorkCall Romania

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