Thursday, December 07, 2017

Inevitability of legal prostitution

I have come to the conclusion that it is inevitable that prostitution will become legal, and publicly acceptable.

Prostitution is legal in more and more places. It is legal in Germany. Canada has decriminalized it. It is trending towards legality about like marijuana.

California has a legal porn video industry, so prostitution is legal as long as you say that you are making a porn movie, or auditioning for one.

Public opinion has turned against the sex habits of Harvey Weinstein, so what is a guy like that supposed to do?

The public has been trained to approve of homosexuality and other acts that have been traditionally considered immoral, with the argument that nothing can be wrong with a consensual act.

In this modern lens, prostitution is the most fully consensual sexual act of all. As it is usually practiced, all parties are freely and voluntarily participating with no unusual pressure or coercion.

Some are now arguing that almost anytime two co-workers date, there is a power imbalance that detracts from it being fully consensual. If an actress seduces Weinstein to get a movie part, then someone has more power. Either the actress, because she is young and beautiful and captivating, or Weinstein because he can award the movie role. Usually feminists blame the man, of course even tho 30% of the victims of sexual harassment are men.

Even in marriage, there are those today who consider it rape if the husband unduly pressures the wife to have sexual relations with him.

But with prostitution, there are no ongoing promises, commitments, or pressures. It is the perfect consensual act. Either party can walk away at any time, with no repercussions. Everyone gets exactly what they want.

I am not saying that I agree with these trends. I think that co-workers ought to be able to flirt at work. I think people ought to be able to make moral judgments about the consensual acts of others. I think spouse should be able to make long-term sexual commitments. But hardly anyone in the major news media agrees with me.

With the current views that dominate public sexual attitudes, I don't see any grounds for rejecting prostitution.

It is not practical to enforce laws against prostitution anyway. Prostitute can advertise on online dating sites, and say they want a no-strings-attached sexual relationship. The man will understand that he should bring a gift. Then it is all legal, even if prostitution is illegal.

So legal prostitution will be here to stay. Get used to it.

Update: A feminist article says: "being pro-sex worker is a necessary pillar of dismantling the patriarchy." The rest of the article is so wacky that it appears to be a joke, but I don't think it is.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"With the current views that dominate public sexual attitudes, I don't see any grounds for rejecting prostitution."

Popular mores are not closed under entailment. What is socially acceptable has never been based entirely on some coherent system of thought but rather based on a mixture of considerations (sometimes conflicting) and the persuasive power of certain individuals or groups. So while current views may imply that prostitution should be accepted, this does not imply it will be.

I rather suspect that prostitution will continue to be rejected because it attracts crime, involves burdensome regulatory issues, and people do not want it in their neighborhoods. Conservatives will oppose it on religious grounds and liberals will oppose it on feminist grounds (saying it allows women to be exploited). I am too preoccupied to examine the history of why it is currently illegal but I suspect these were the reasons it was made so in the first place.

Roger said...

People could argue that homosexuality is immoral, and that people get exploited. These arguments don't work anymore. There are feminist arguments that prostitution let women do what they want with their bodies, and that the women who are arrested for prostitution are the ones who are exploited. This is not just a theoretical argument. Canada recently came to this conclusion. The trend is towards legal prostitution, and I don't see how it can be stopped.