Oldie but Goodie: ‘Whore’ stigma devalues women, victims of violent crimes

by Guest Columnist
Tuesday, April 17, 2007

 

This is the second part of a five-part series promoting Sex Out Loud's annual Sexual Health Week.Last November, four women were killed in a hate crime. On Nov. 28, the corpses of Kimberly Raffo, Barbara Breidor, Tracy Ann Roberts and Molly Jean Dilts were found in a drainage ditch near Atlantic City. One woman died of suffocation, another died of strangulation and the other two women's bodies were too decomposed for the coroner to determine the cause of death. The ongoing investigation of these hate crimes has been fairly low profile, as has the media coverage of the killings. As police continue to search for the killer, the families and friends of the victims are left to wonder: Why did a serial killer victimize these women, and why has the public outrage been so minimal? One answer is that all four women worked as prostitutes.
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Oldie but goodie: The whore, her stigma, the punter and his wife

new internationalist
issue 252 – February 1994


Nickie Roberts delves into some hidden history –
and comes up with challenging proposals for the future.

A prostitute is raped by a client. She does not bother to report the crime to the police, because in their eyes the rape of a hooker isn’t a crime: ‘You’re a whore, what do you expect?’ is their attitude.

A teenage prostitute is murdered by a serial killer, who then goes on to kill a young student. Only after a ‘respectable’ woman is killed is there a public outcry. And at the killer’s trial, the prosecution lawyer comments that the saddest aspect of the case is the fact that some victims were not prostitutes.

A New York police chief makes the following comments when being interviewed about the murder of a Puerto Rican streetwalker: ‘I think there’s something juicy about a prostitute getting killed. Some of them are young and attractive, and I’ve seen how some cops act around them. It’s maybe a little more exciting.’

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Canada: Toronto’s 44-year-old stripper goes international

Posted Toronto, National Post
Posted: November 18, 2008, 4:21 PM by Rob Roberts

 

Fox News has seized on our story yesterday about Kimberlee Ouwroulis, the 44-year-old exotic dancer who has filed a rights complaint against a Mississauga strip club that allegedly fired her because of her age.

Here’s how Ouwroulis describes what happened: ‘‘The manager called me into the office June 6, sat me down, looked at me directly and I quote, “Your time is up here,” and I asked, “Why? Is it my age?” He furthermore volunteered that another older girl had been fired the same day, and told me her name.’’

Ouwroulis took the case to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Fox took the subject up in a discussion of their legal panel (available at the moment on their home page), although panelists seemed dubious that a) Ouwroulis is 44 and b) what happened to her amounted to discrimination. Read their version of the story here.

We have asked Ouwroulis for further comment, and are awaiting her reply. In the meantime, we offer a blurry but never-seen-before photo of Ouwroulis, above.

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Canada: Stripper, 44, charges age discrimination

Posted: November 17, 2008, 8:45 AM by Karen Hawthorne

Exotic dancer Kimberlee Ouwroulis has filed a complaint against a Mississauga strip club, New Locomotion, saying she was fired because of her age. The 44-year-old, who has taken an age discrimination complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, spoke to the Post’s Rob Roberts:

Q My first question was going to be, how long did you expect to be stripping? But then I discovered you were 40 when you started stripping. How’d that come about?

A I started dancing on the suggestion of customers and managers at another bar where I had been waitressing for a year, at a strip club. I started in the business due to a nasty divorce. There are many dancers still in the business at age of 40; however, it is unusual to start the business brand-new at age of 40. It really worked for me, because I enjoyed it, and maintained a great attitude.
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Canada: Stripper says she was fired over age

Whitchurch-Stouffville

October 04, 2008 12:43 AM

Stouffville dancer told club going ‘younger’
By: Louie Rosella

Kimberlee Ouwroulis doesn’t believe her age should be a roadblock to success.

So, the 44-year-old adult dancer from Stouffville has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, alleging the owner of a Mississauga strip club fired her because she was too old.

“He told me that the club is going in a new direction with younger girls,” Ms Ouwroulis said. “That’s age discrimination to me.”

The complaint, filed Sept. 16 to the tribunal, alleges that John Sit, owner of the New Locomotion Strip Club on Matheson Blvd., got rid of Ms Ouwroulis back on June 6 because of her age.

The complaint also names other dancers as witnesses and Ms Ouwroulis said they, too, are preparing human rights complaints against the owner.
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Ashley Dupré Exclusive: ‘My Side of the Story’

Escort at Center of Eliot Spitzer Scandal Talks to Diane Sawyer

By KIMBERLY LAUNIER and KATIE ESCHERICH

Nov. 19, 2008—

 

The young woman at the center of the historic downfall of the governor of New York is finally speaking out.

Ashley Dupré, the 23-year-old former escort who was the target of intense media scrutiny in the days after Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s resignation from public office, has stepped forward to give her first television interview. Dupré told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that she does not feel responsible for Spitzer’s downfall.

“If it wasn’t me, it would have been someone else,” she said. “I was doing my job. I don’t feel that I brought him down.”

In March, the media discovered Dupré was “Kristen,” her alias at the Emperor’s Club V.I.P., the high-end escort service that had arranged her rendezvous at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., with Spitzer. Soon after the story broke, Dupré sought refuge at her family’s home in New Jersey.

“I felt like it was surreal, like it wasn’t happening,” she said. “But it was.”
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Ex-Call Girl Ashley Dupré: I’m a ‘Normal Girl’

By Mark Dagostino

Originally posted Wednesday November 19, 2008 08:00 AM EST

She was the tabloid sensation at the center of the sex scandal that brought down New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. But in her very first interview, Ashley Alexandra Dupré tells PEOPLE, “I am a normal girl.”

“Everyone knows me as ‘that girl,’ but I’m not just ‘that girl,’ ” the 23-year-old former escort says in the new issue of PEOPLE, on sale Friday. “I have a lot of depth, a lot of layers.”

Enduring a media spotlight that included seeing her MySpace photos splashed on front pages “has been really hard,” the New Jersey native explains. “But I’m a survivor.” Continue reading