one thing that keeps me motivated, something more than anything, is the proof that as policy changes, attitudes and belief systems can and do also change. smoking indoors used to be completely normal and mundane - you could smoke on the bus, in cafés, on the train, and no one would even question it. some people would even say it was good for you! now, thanks to public health awareness, appropriate campaigning and implementation of policy (in the form of a ban), most have realised the detrimental effects on not only the smokers themselves but the other people around them. the majority of people would now be horrified by the mere idea of smoking indoors. thanks to evidence-based policy, mindsets have been questioned, acted against and completely reshaped.
the passing of the nordic model in the republic of ireland today has made me cautiously optimistic about attitudes towards prostitution and the commodification of women’s bodies under capitalism. if we ban men from buying sex, they will slowly begin to realise why. and as men’s attitudes towards women and sex are shaped by society at large, rather than being biologically ‘fixed’ and innate, as policy changes, so will they. as society changes, so will they.