Should prostitution be legalized?

Discussion in 'Women's Issues' started by B_johnschlong, Nov 11, 2007.

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What's your position on prostitution?

  1. I'm a prohibitionist

    5 vote(s)
    8.9%
  2. I'm a réglementarist

    32 vote(s)
    57.1%
  3. I'm an abolitionist

    4 vote(s)
    7.1%
  4. I'm an exhibitionist (bwuahah, I'm such a joker)

    4 vote(s)
    7.1%
  5. I have another position on the matter

    11 vote(s)
    19.6%
  1. B_johnschlong

    B_johnschlong New Member

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    Last week, the world union of sex workers demanded the full legalisation of prostitution everywhere. They referred to examples in Europe (Belgium, Netherlands, etc...), where the practise is legal. They say legalisation will make the profession safer and less dominated by the underworld.

    But in Europe too, there are many different positions and approaches. They can be categorised broadly into three groups:

    -prohibitionism: criminalises prostitution by punishing those who engage in it (both prostitutes as well as the people who visit them as well as pimps, madams, etc...); this results in prostitution going underground, with all the violence this brings; this is repression without principles, without addressing the real question as to why there is prostitution in the first place - this position is often found in Anglosaxon countries

    -réglementarisme: neo-liberal approach close to capitalism's hypocritical stance on things: it's a pragmatic view which says that prostitution has always been around, so let's regulate it and get it over with; let's treat it like any other economic activity; no principles, no gutts, just the old tricks of neoliberalism, based on stupid notions of individualism and self-determination; regularists say women should have the right to choose for slavery; often found in protestant cultures (Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavia)

    -abolitionism: the only position based on ethical principles; abolitionists are against prostitution, because they say we can not allow people to choose for humiliation and slavery; abolitionists want to abolish the practise by addressing the root causes of prostitution: poverty and insecurity amongst women, patriarchal culture, a socio-economic system that fuels social violence (i.e. capitalism), etc...; they also take strong social measures to emancipate women and to strengthen their social resilience and independence.
    This position is found in Enlightened cultures (France, Italy), those who take the Universal Declaration of Human Rights serious and who take the following sentence from UN Declaration on the Trafficking of Human Beings to heart: "the enslavement of man by man, as well as the prostitution of persons must be fought". Often found in more left-wing circles.

    Which "position" do you prefer?
     
  2. avg_joe

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    Can't believe that prostitution is still illegal in America in this 21st century. Yes, it should be legalized.
     
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    abolitionist i vote
     
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    It should be legal...and FREE
     
  5. B_johnschlong

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    That's called marriage.
     
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    Ron Paul!!!
     
  7. transformer_99

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    How do you propose to make this socially responsible ? You'd be surprised at the number of prostitutes that are out there with aids or other diseases and practicing their trade ? Part of me says I don't care, the other part of me says catch a prostitute or John with aids spreading it and the instantaneous death penalty is in order. I don't think whores and their Johns are into full disclosure of the health risks involved and it's not beyond either party to lie just the same, and that's just casual observations on human nature involving more traditional transactions, legal transactions involving transfer of goods and services. Legalized prostitution costs a society in ways far beyond the immediate exchange of cash for services rendered.

    I understand it goes on regardless of legality, and it may even be a minority of the issues, but it is an issue none the less.
     
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    This doesn't make sense. Why is prostitution being labeled as "slavery"?

    You mean all those women in Nevada are slaves?

    I never knew.

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    Personally, I think men "drive" prostitution. I ain't no spring chicken, and I still get propositioned -- without fail -- if I'm walking/sitting by myself at night. It's why I don't go out alone much -- I worry that someday someone ain't gonna take "no" for an answer.
     
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    Ive always wondered what prostitutes write as under occupation on their tax returns

    Social worker
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  10. No_Strings

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    Make it legal but in properly sanctioned and regulated conditions; prostitutes, not hookers.
     
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    entertainers?
     
  12. whatireallywant

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    That's how I think too. That way the health and safety risks would be alleviated, plus it'd get rid of the pimps, who I think are the real villains in this whole deal...

    I don't think prostitution is necessarily slavery - if it's done on their own free will, and they keep the money they make. Slavery implies forced labor for no pay, and "ownership". I actually think that the pre-1960s housewife was closer to being slavery than prostitution is.
     
  13. transformer_99

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    All a pimp is, is an agent that takes their cut for a finder's fee and whatever other services are offered the prostitute/whore. The pimp will never go away, someone has to charge to be the security, appointment setter and so on.

    Some of the World's/America's biggest corporations are on the outskirts of out and out prostitution, with Pornography.

    Salon.com Technology | The porn crusaders

    I'm sure it would pay for some societal good, but for the most part it probably drags the world down. Those on the gravy train will extoll it's virtues (if that's even possible), yet others, the victims, even the performers that make it happen will complain.

    So for a union, do prostitutes fall under SAG, screen actor's guild ?
     
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    There are plenty of Escorts who do ALL of those functions themselves. They advertise, set appointments, location, collections, background checks, security, etc. all on their own. Just like Freelancers in any other business you can choose to work with a pimp or agency. Or you can take on all of the above business operations on your own.
     
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    My position is, once again, that johnschlong is an idiot.
     
  16. avg_joe

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    He looks like a government snitch.
     
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    It ought to be regulated and taxed, along with pot and all the other things that all good and righteous people rail against for no good reason, and secretly indulge in at home with the curtains drawn.
     
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    Treat it like any other occupation. Make it legal and make them pay taxes (like the rest of us).
     
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    Looking at his explanations of each "choice" in this poll, it seems that he also thinks his audience are idiots.

    The sane policy for governments to adopt in dealing with any personal "vices" would be to regulate and tax them, absent any general threat to the public well-being.

    As such, don't expect it to happen anytime soon..
     
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    Prostitution is legal in England, soliciting isn't. Prostitution has been around as long as we have, it's never going to disappear and a woman has the right to sell her body, it's her body to do with as she wants. Legalise it, open properly controlled brothels so it can be regulated for the health and safety of the customers and for the health and safety of the prosititutes.
     
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