Sasha Rakoff “Making Change Happen”

Sex Tech, Robots and AI: A Feminist Response
July 4th 2020

Sasha Rakoff
“Making Change Happen”


Bio: Dr Sasha Rakoff set up and ran the multi-award winning pressure group, Object, 15 years ago. This changed the law to stop strip clubs being licensed as cafes and make it a criminal offence to buy sex off anyone coerced. It got lad’s mags off the bottom shelf, ended the advertising of prostitution in Job Centres, pulled the Sun’s page 3 over the coals at the Leveson Inquiry and got the harm of objectification well and truly on the map.

More recently she set up and now runs Not Buying It. This has raised awareness of the Lib Dem’s appalling pro-pimp policies and the advertising of the sex industry in major newspapers (like ES and Metro – now dropped) and helped end Ann Summers partnership with Pornhub. Working closely with survivors and whistle blowers it has blown the lid on the strip trade for what it really is – a front for organised crime. Working with other women’s groups Not Buying It has been involved in 2 successful High Court Cases, showing that councils breach equality law every time they license the strip industry (with a 3rd case now pending). In 2018, Not Buying It was runner up for a prestigious SMK campaigners award.

Chaired by Professor Kathleen Richardson