Friday, April 18, 2014

Blogging from A - Z Challenge April 18 P

P is for Prostitution

This image is taken from Business Insider Australia. If you clink the link, it takes you to an excellent article on the importance of legalizing prostitution.

Prostitution is one of the most interesting aspects of the erotic, mostly because it is so cross cultural, and surprisingly consistent within various cultures.

I saw a very interesting documentary that I highly recommend called Whore's Glory that detailed the lives of three different kinds of prostitutes, from Thailand, Mexico and Bangladesh. There are so many incredible things to say about this documentary, but one of the most interesting by far, was an experience I will never forget of the Thai girls. They sat behind glass in an upscale bar, holding numbers. Men would drink and watch the girls, flirt with them through the glass, and eventually go and pay to take one to a bed upstairs. However, when the girls finished work, often they would go down to a local bar, and watch male prostitutes in the same way, and then take them upstairs to a bed. In an interview with the Madame of the Brothel it was revealed the hardest part of her job is trying to get the girls to save their money and not spend it all on male whores as soon as they had finished work.

And several of these young women had boyfriends.

Very interesting.

Another of my most interesting experiences with prostitution happened when I met a spokeswoman from The Scarlet Alliance, an organisation seeking to legitimize prostitution through fair pay, insurances and fair work place practices. I really had my eyes opened to prostitution after talking with her. Almost all the perceived problems with prostitution could be eliminated if we gave the sex workers the same rights of others in the work place.  After all, they have to pay taxes.
If you regulated the industry, shone a spotlight on it, you would begin to eliminate all the abuses and horrors associated with sex working, and legitimise the men and women who work there. It says a great deal about our society that all the countries laws and rights of sex workers are made without sex workers present (in fact they are usually made in consultation with the church, which is like going to a vegan health farm to ask them how to safely mass slaughter animals for human meat consumption) and without any information about the challenges they face in their work place.

If prostitution was made more accessible, and safer, then people could go to a practising sex worker to lose their virginity, or to explore fetish properly or to examine other sexual ideas they have. Couples could use whores for their experimentation's with life, and single people could engage their services so that relationships searches were not clouded with unmet desire.

I've always liked the idea of safe, sane prostitution. What do you think about it?

6 comments:

  1. I have no moral problems with prostitution ad such. I also believe that giving sex workers normal worker's rights would improve their situation. Forced prostitution is z different thing, but this is covered by other laws. Forcing someone to do something against their will is generally illegal

    Cold As Heaven

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    1. Yes - prostitution gets a bad wrap because of the shady shenanigans, but take that out of the equation, and you turn it into something other than a place where society can "dump"its unmentionables.

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  2. It's funny because there are so many women that give it out for free. Why not get paid for it? But, I do understand that it's wrong to do and is illegal.

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    1. Yes - its so complex isn't it Krystol?

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  3. Why they do not legalize it I have no idea. It is the oldest profession! They pay taxes and they have a very scary job-they have no idea whom they are picking up and what they may pick up. So many die as they are easy targets. It makes more sense that they get the proper care since, no matter how one gets upset or angry, men will go to them and they go to their wives etc... so why shouldn't they get proper care? When I was in Amsterdam we walked along the red light district and one of my favourite memories is walking behind 2 nuns who were walking, laughing, pointing and enjoying themselves viewing the ladies.

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    1. I love that story - no wonder it is one of your fondest memories. Nun's laughing and admiring prostitutes! There is a book in itself.

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