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Kat Banyard Biography

Founder of UK Feminista
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“[Prostitution] is not a regular consumer transaction… [it] is sexual abuse. The buyer’s disregard for mutuality, and ability to treat another person as a sexual object, are fundamental to the act. It is… ‘violence against women’. Responses to the sex trade which have attempted to skirt over this inherent harm, to sanction it as legitimate business in a bid to quash attendant harms, haven’t just failed – they’ve made it worse…

Demand for the sex trade is not inevitable. The sexist attitudes of entitlement that underpin it can be tackled. But that won’t be achieved by state sanctioning this exploitative practice in a hopeless bid to contain the dangers associated with it. Sexual consent is not a commodity; sexual abuse can never be made ‘safe’.”

“Guest Post: ‘The Sex Trade Can Never Be Made ‘Safe’,”, July 7, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Co-Director, UK Feminista, 2010-present
  • Founder, FEM Conferences, 2004-present
  • Former Campaigns Officer, Fawcett Society
  • Former staff member, Northern Refugee Centre, Sheffield (UK)
  • Undergraduate degree, Psychology, school and date unknown
  • Twitter: @KatBanyard
  • Her book, The Equality Illusion was dramatized in the play Blurred Lines, written by Nick Payne and directed by Carrie Cracknell, 2014
  • Named as one of the Observer’s 50 Contemporary Innovators, 2011
  • Listed on Glamour magazine’s The Glamour Power List, 2011
  • Shortlisted for a Liberty Human Rights Award, 2010
  • Named “the most influential young feminist in the country,” by Kira Cochrane in the Guardian, 2010
Quoted in:
  1. Is Legal Prostitution a Legitimate Business?