Prostitution is already legal in some parts of Nevada, anyway. The reason it's impossible to restrict porn in this country is because of the
unwelcome ambiguity of 'what is porn?' Ashcroft ordered drapes to cover Justice because one of her breasts was exposed. If he's feeling guilty to
the point that a beautiful piece of art causes him to cover it up that's his issue, but once you start trying to nitpick over what can be considered
art and what incites so-called sinful thoughts, you have a problem.
Snuff flicks, please, you're flying off the handle with that, so I won't even comment.
Like I said, in some parts of Nevada prostitution is legal. Well, you could say the 14th Amendment and the Roe vs. Wade decision grants women control
over their bodies, even if they are selling their bodies. Prostitution is often referred to as a victimless crime. Why isn't prostitution the first
choice for women to work? Prostitutes are often coerced into the business or supporting drug habits. Without getting too descriptive, it's obvious
that it's easier to support a drug habit as a prostitute, whether regulated or unregulated, than any other job.
As for men being in prostitution, also, this only broadens the issue into the subjugation of people, both male and female. The fact is the vast
majority of customers of male prostitutes are other males. The vast majority of male prostitutes are transexuals. There is nothing wrong with
transexuality, however transexuals live essentially on the fringe of our society due to discrimination, and many times they resort to prostitution
because it's their only means of income.
Now, prostitution, world's oldest profession, right? Well for about the past 99,900 years of homo sapiens history women have been little more than
chattel. If you cannot own property, and you cannot work, and you cannot read, your employment opportunities are pretty limited.
Only starting around the turn of this century did western society start realizing that men and women are equal. People of the Progressive era did a
lot to make life better in this country, make sure we had food and water safety laws and anti-trust and journalistic activity, also increasing
emphasis on education. They had idea that with the right attitude society can be made better, and in many ways they were right. Cultural
modification can be effected to where men and women are believed to be better than mere objects, and boys aren't always boys and men not always
As far as eradication of prostitution and ways out, it's very difficult to get out. Prostitutes even if legalized use their bodies as commodity, and
the body of a prostitute is only a valued commodity until they hit a certain age. What will these men and women do under a legal system when they are
no longer attractive enough to work in some fine establishment of prostitution? Well they will either have to learn some job skills or devalue
themselves. So, prostitution is not a career opportunity. A 60-year old attorney with 35 years in the business may be invaluable. A 60-year-old
prostitute is a laughing stock. The only upward move they can make in the industry career-wise is as a madame or manager.
What about the institute of monogamy? In ancient times prostitutes were actually used to stabilize monogamy, as odd as that may sound. Of course,
this was because wives had no rights and were believed to be less human than males. Of course in ancient times wives were often pregnant,
short-lived, and during their short, pregnant, painful lives no doubt sex was difficult. So instead of concentrating on helping their wives, who knew
not to even ask, the husbands would disregard them for prostitutes. Wow, what a beautiful relationship!
In modern times, we recognize that a monogomous relationship between adults often requires a lot of work to realize benefits. Would the allure of
easily-available prostitutes damage family life? The Progressives seemed to think so, and wives sick of their absent husbands at that time picketed
brothels. Though in the US there was a dirth of anti-prostitution laws, it was usually allowed, and the graft to the cops from the business didn't
Anyway, it's a divisive issue with a long, long history, and while it's easy to dismiss the accomplishments of the Progressives as being to Puritan
and goody-good, they did a lot for this country and for women. While some people view it as personal freedom to sell themselves for money, others
view it as a temporary solution at best, and yet other prostitutes such as the famous New Orleans Canal St. Bordello
Or Hollywood Madame, Heidi Fliess, seem to present a very positive aspect to the trade. However, the Canal St. Bordello Madame, Monica Montemayor,
also used her daughter in her business at age 16. The concept of a productive society, and productive jobs in the society, can be lost on young girls
who see legalized prostitution as an easy way to money, when it's one of the only jobs in the world where your value diminishes the longer you're in
Anyway, it's a very complex question with a long history, and I see the pros and cons, but I believe the cons outweigh the pros. Efforts are made
and perhaps should be expanded to provide guilt-free havens for women trying to escape the business, which even if legalized can still hold the
dangers it does now, that of white slavery and coercion.