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  •  Is that the sort of society (1+ / 0-)
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    we want to live in?  I don't...I certainly don't want to have to think that half or more of the men I date have been with a prostitute, for more reasons than one!!

    Never give up! Never surrender!

    by oscarsmom on Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 09:16:38 AM PDT

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    •  Why not? (4+ / 0-)

      It is only because of the stigma you have imposed on the profession that you have an issue with it.  Consider how many fewer crimes of passion we might have if there was a legal outlet for that passion.

      •  Rape is not about sexual desire-- (2+ / 0-)
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        it is about violence.  That's Rape 101 if you've ever studied it.

        There is a lot else wrong with prostitution other than the "stigma".  And IMO that stigma is protecting women, not victimizing them.

        Never give up! Never surrender!

        by oscarsmom on Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 09:25:09 AM PDT

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        •  That's a highly moralistic opinion. (4+ / 0-)

          Do you consider all sex to be rape, then?  While a prostitute can certainly be raped, if it is a mutually consentual transaction, what's the problem?

        •  And THAT (0+ / 0-)

          is propagandistic tripe.  Yes, rape IS about sex.  Dogs and ducks do it, too.  In fact, ducks are famous for it -- pretty much all ducklings are the result of rape, because lady ducks don't give in voluntarily.

          There IS rape that is about violence.  But the majority of rape is in the grey area (date rape, he-said-she-said, marital rape, etc.) where a long-standing relationship leads a man to feel he is "entitled" to sex whether the woman feels like it or not.  And most of that rape is never fully categorized as rape because it IS a long-standing relationship, and the particular incident is more like all the results of being the less-dominant individual in a partnership, on a continuous basis -- you ALWAYS end up getting a little shafted, and having your needs treated as inferior to those of the Man In Charge. The majority of rape is simply the result of the FACT that males have, in general and statistically speaking, higher libido than females and simply want sex more.

          Which is also why they are willing to pay for it, and in my HUMBLE opinion, if that enables them to get what they want without violence and allows a woman to get something out of it other than a backache and an hour of work that has to be made up somehow, then let 'em pay.

          •  Amazing we still have ducks, then! (0+ / 0-)

            Reading your tripe, I have the impression that it's always the man who is somehow on the wrong side of your dysfunctional equation when things aren't as pretty as you would like.  Your Dworkin like arguments obscure real abuses while lumping all coercion, manipulation, negotiation and acts that occur in sexual politics into "rape".  Ridiculous!!

            You don't negotiate with fascists, you defeat them in the name of democracy. --Ambr. Joe Wilson

            by FightTheFuture on Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 03:53:44 PM PDT

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    •  i'm sure that most of the men you've dated (3+ / 0-)

      ... don't want to wonder about the other men you've slept with

      it's about biconceptualism ... Obama08

      by wystler on Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 09:52:17 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, but if they had... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...they might be more experienced and better able to give you a good time. :-)

    •  Wouldn't you rather . . . (4+ / 0-)

      know that, if your boyfriend had been with a prostitute, it was likely a clean one, rather than constantly wondering if he had visited a dirty one?

      The only rule of freedom is not to destroy freedom.

      by fuzzywolf on Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 10:18:48 AM PDT

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    •  Give me a break. (1+ / 0-)
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      FightTheFuture

      That's like objecting to the idea that a quarter of all women have had abortions.

      The question is not, what sort of society do we want to live in?  The question is, what sort of society can we legitimately turn ourselves into?

      Eliminating prostitution is impossible.  Decriminalizing it at least helps reduce the problems associated with the practice.

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