5 Yale J.L. & Feminism 47 (1992-1993)
Split at the Root: Prostitution and Feminist Discourses of Law Reform

handle is hein.journals/yjfem5 and id is 53 raw text is: Split at the Root:
Prostitution and Feminist Discourses
of Law Reform
Margaret A. Baldwin
My case is not unique.
Violette Leduc'
Today, adjustment to what is possible no
longer means adjustment, it means
making the possible real.
Theodor Adorno2
This article originated in some years of feminist activism, and a sustained
effort to understand two sentences spoken by Evelina Giobbe, an anti-
prostitution activist and educator, at a radical feminist conference in 1987. She
said: Prostitution isn't like anything else. Rather, everything else is like
prostitution because it is the model for women's condition.' Since that time,
t  Assistant Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law.
For my family: Mother Marge, Bob, Tim, John, Scharl, Marilynne, Jim, Robert, and in memory of
my father, James.
This article was supported by summer research grants from Florida State University College of Law.
Otherwise, it is a woman-made product. Thanks to Rhoda Kibler, Mary LaFrance, Sheryl Walter, Annie
McCombs, Dorothy Teer, Susan Mooney, Marybeth Carter, Susan Hunter, K.C. Reed, Margy Gast, and
Christine Jones for the encouragement, confidence, and love. Evelina Giobbe, Kathleen Barry, K.C. Reed,
Susan Hunter, and Toby Summer, whose contributions to work on prostitution have made mine possible,
let me know I had something to say. The NCASA Basement Drafting Committee was a turning point.
Catharine MacKinnon gave me the first opportunity to get something down on paper; she and Andrea
Dworkin let me know the effort counted. Mimi Wilkinson and Stacey Dougan ably assisted in the research
and in commenting on drafts. Mimi Wilkinson also found me a tenor saxophone at a crucial moment.
Brenda Ellis, Millie Poulos, Elzy Williams, and Beverly Perkins worked intelligently and patiently on the
manuscript. Cheers and love to all from your Meg.
1. VIOLETTE LEDUC, LA BATARDE 3 (1964).
2. THEODOR ADORNO, Veblen 'sAttackon Culture, in PRIsMS 73, 94 (Samuel & Shierry Weber trans.,
1981).
3. Evelina Giobbe, Confronting the Liberal Lies About Prostitution, in THE SEXUAL LIBERALS AND
THE ATTACK ON FEMINISM 67, 76 (Dorchen Leidholdt & Janice Raymond, eds., 1990). Evelina Giobbe
has written and worked in the past under the name Sarah Wynter. In 1989, she took back her birth name.
This is part of what she has said about that decision:
1, quite frankly, am tired of having my name taken from me by the pimps who stole
my youth or due to my fear of retaliation by the pornographers. This year I am taking
my name back. I consider it as much a political act as a personal choice. I choose to
give up the illusion of safety that a pseudonym gave me, understanding now that no
woman is safe as long as the traffic of women and children is allowed to continue. I
take this action in defiance of the pimps and pornographers who sell women's bodies
Copyright © 1992 by the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism

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