"...[I]t is in demeaning the professional sex provider [prostitute] that we reach the real nexus of [so] many problems in American society: violence, especially against women; equality, for women and everyone else in America; freedom, to live life as you want to, provided it causes no harm to others; basic human rights to food, shelter, clothing, medicine, education, a job that pays you a living wage that permits the attainment of these without having to work like a slave; and the right to better your own life as well as the lives of your children."
"One of the worst parts of the current programs of fighting against prostitution in the United States [and I would add today, elsewhere--RJG] is that they automatically assume the victimhood of the professional sex provider, making them a form of second class citizen. On top of that, and in a supreme piece of cruel irony, society in general, and both media and the government in particular, go out of their way to make the professional sex provider into a victim, even if they weren't one before."
Sex workers are not automatically intellectual or emotional children. They do not all come from backgrounds of abuse, or neglect, nor do they all have problems with substance abuse. In a society where women receive only 77 percent of the pay of a man for doing the identical job, and where the glass ceiling is still too often either bullet-proof glass or surrender of your humanity, should we be surprised that women exploit men's desire for the different to make some cash, whether it's on a stripper's pole, a webcam, or in a motel room? Ask yourself, why do you despise the sex worker: is it because of what she does, or because she represents a threat to your preconceived notions of how the world should be, influenced by America's Calvinist-Puritan heritage, or quasi-Marxist morality? If it's one of the later, I have one question for you:
Why do you hate individual freedom so much?
Think about it.
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