KPIX Eyewitness news report
from 28th of October 1974 by Ben Williams in San Francisco featuring
scenes from the first annual Hooker's Ball. Includes an interview with
Margot St. James,
feminist activist and pioneer of sex-positive feminism and advocate of
the decriminalization of prostitution with the founding of COYOTE (Call
Off Your Old Tired Ethics) in 1973. The Hooker's Ball became an annual
event from 1974 onwards and started as a fund
raising event for the COYOTE Howls newsletter that St. James published
from 1974-1978, in San Francisco. St. James states: "What my goal is, is
the complete decriminalization of sex for human beings, even commercial
sex." When Williams asks if this event might
tear at the moral fabric of society, St. James replies that: "Well
they're coming from the moralistic point of view. In fact, we keep their
families together because it's a one-sided monogamy that's in this
culture and it's the 99% of our customers are married
... if we weren't taking care of them and listening to their troubles
they might be beating up their wives more than they do." Also includes
views of people dancing and posing at the Ball. The TV Archive would
like to thank guest-intern Siân Williams who repaired,
remastered, cataloged and edited this newsfilm for the web.
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