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Poppy Project

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Quite a good blog entry from Laurie Penny on the Poppy project. Interesting to not that many of the criteria the Poppy project have to abide by are forced on them by the Government.

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Some telling sweeping generalisations:

"Prostitution [is] a sad and disempowering choice"

"people go into prostitution for all the wrong reasons"

So, an educated woman that gives up a well-paid career to become an escort, so that she can spend more time bringing up her children, has made a bad choice? Is it better that she just hand them over to childminders or after-school clubs so that she can spend more time in pointless meetings or commuting?

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Some telling sweeping generalisations:

"Prostitution [is] a sad and disempowering choice"

"people go into prostitution for all the wrong reasons"

So, an educated woman that gives up a well-paid career to become an escort, so that she can spend more time bringing up her children, has made a bad choice? Is it better that she just hand them over to childminders or after-school clubs so that she can spend more time in pointless meetings or commuting?

Agreed, but at least she supports the concept of freedom of choice

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Interesting to not that many of the criteria the Poppy project have to abide by are forced on them by the Government.

That is not an entirely complete defence. The project will choose who to take money from and will negotiate conditions of funding. There are, of course, countless examples of funding skewing research and of statutory and corporate funders using charities as a front for propaganda.

I work in health and we are used to pharmaceutical companies funding "self-help" groups that are little more than marketing exercises for their products. They see patient groups calling on doctors to give them access to the "best possible treatments" when actually they mean company x is giving us cash to support their latest cash cow.

We call these astroturf groups as they are artificial grass roots organisations...

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The Poppy Project discredited itself completely with its Big Brothel survey.

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