Margot St. James at the Hooker's Ball (1974)

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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.

Originally aired on
KPIX-TV
Date aired
10/28/1974
Recording medium
16mm color, co-magnetic sound film
2:48
Rights for this video belong to
CBS5 KPIX-TV
Type of material
archival newsfilm
Identifier
KPIX 121075
Views
12806

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Miss .St James I feel is correct in  Her comment .Sex Workers do keep families together. Maybe a wife doe not something that he would like to do to her. Like kissing Her Sweet Feet.Or Kissing Her .apple Ass?

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