Margo St. James


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Margo St. James (born September 12, 1937), a self-described prostitute and sex-positive feminist, founded the organization COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics), which advocates decriminalization of prostitution.

Margo St. James (Margaret Jean St. James) was born in Bellingham, Washington.

St. James founded COYOTE in 1973. The forerunner of COYOTE was WHO: Whores, ... more »

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  • Punishing the prostitute promotes the rape of all women. When prostitution is a crime, the message conveyed is that women who are sexual are "bad," and therefore legitimate victims of sexual assault. ...
    Margo St. James (b. 1937), U.S. prostitute, activist. Quoted in San Francisco Examiner (April 29, 1979).
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