Suspended student stripper reports school for discrimination
The Local · 19 May 2011, 15:49
Published: 19 May 2011 15:49 GMT+02:00
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After being forced to find a way of paying her bills, the student started working at a Stockholm strip club and also worked part-time as a prostitute to make ends meet.
In Sweden, there is no prohibition against selling sexual services, however the purchase of sexual services is a crime.
In February, she found herself called in to a meeting with a teacher and the dean of her college, where she was surprised to find them asking her about her job.
“They said that it goes against the school’s values and that students had been harmed by me being so open about what I do,” she wrote in the report.
The dean and the teacher told her that what she did outside of school hours helped to support the view of women as sexual objects.
“I said I have never felt like an object but rather found the whole experience pleasurable,” the student wrote in her report.
According to the student, the teacher and dean were horrified with this statement and said that she had caused the whole class to go through a crisis by being so open with her choice of career.
“You must have a problem if you think like that,” they said according to the student.
Despite the student’s apologies and a willingness to give up her job to stay on at the college, the dean said that it was obvious she wasn’t feeling well, and that she therefore would not be allowed to continue.
“I said ‘But I feel healthy’ and ‘I am passionate about this course’. Then the dean said ‘you seem passionate about a lot of things’ and looked me up and down,” the student wrote.
After leaving the school she was told by fellow students that meetings had been taking place about her behind her back, and that the dean said that she had chosen to leave due to not feeling well.
The student was allowed to come back and say goodbye to her friends. At the meeting she was allegedly told by the principal that she was not to mention anything about her suspension. Instead she sang a song for the school.
“I tried to sing between the lines,” she wrote.
Feeling badly treated the student tried to speak to several teachers, but was told by the dean to leave school premises as she wasn’t a student there any more.
Since the suspension the student has given up her stripping job but has decided to report the school to the Swedish Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen - DO).