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Dear Prostitutes,

<---- I have something to say to you all, but first we need the proper mood.  Please click the arrow for the music and we can begin.

There, much better.

I wanted to make sure that I passed on information to you today . . . of the utmost importance.

YOU are a prostitute!

I know, I know.  Hard to believe.  Here you thought you were living an upstanding, up right life.  Never asking or demanding money for the sex you enjoy, or bartering using it as an exchange.

Well, okay, maybe once.

And then again there are sometimes you may have wish that you had taken money for sex so you'd have gotten something worthwhile from the activity.  I mean you are sacrificing precious moments of your life here, that you'll never get back.  Sub standard sex is . . . . well time is money, right?!
In any case you may have never done anything you considered "hookerish" in your life.  Except dress like Julia Roberts, in "Pretty Woman" for that all important job interview.  I mean they don't call us "PRO-fessional Woman" for nothing. Right?
We're just bad girls.

But it wasn't any of that, that made you prostitutes, my sluts.  No, it was something much, much worse!

It's your . . . .

oh this is hard to say . . .

I hate to break it to you.  How and why you've become a "fallen woman."

It's your . . .

your being pro-choice.

There!  I said it.  I'm sorry.  I know it's hard to hear/read . . . the truth always is.  At least the truth in Idaho lawmaker Rep. Ron Mendive's  (R-Coeur d’Alene) eyes.

Since the ACLU supports a woman’s right to choose abortion, shouldn’t the organization also support prostitution, Mendive asked ALCU-Idaho executive director Monica Hopkins. Mendive then said that prostitution is “a woman’s choice.
- Idaho Press-Tribune
And who knows Hos and what makes them better than a someone from "I-da-ho."

But didn't you wake up this morning, or any morning since turning 18 and say "I think I'll become a prostitute. I yearn for the stability that profession provides."

And wasn't it  in the top three results of the "careers you are best suited for" test you took in high school?

Monica Hopkins pointed out that:

a woman’s right to access reproductive health care is constitutionally mandated, while prostitution is illegal. She also reminded Mendive that prostitution is not always a “choice,” noting that a bill targeting human trafficking could be presented to lawmakers during the legislative session.
- Idaho Press-Tribune
Rep. Ron Mendive though is determined to expose this horrendous "double standard."

What double standard?

Prostitution is a choice “more so than an abortion would be,” he said.
- Idaho Press-Tribune
“Because (in an abortion) there’s two beating hearts. And then there’s one,” Mendive said.
- Idaho Press-Tribune
I guess rape, incest and having a physiology that won't support a pregnancy (like a bad heart) is also a choice.

He later admitted he used a poor choice of words.

So go ahead, put that red light in your window and open for business!  

And while you're at it. . .

I know I'm not your pimp or your madam, but if you wanted to strut your stuff over to the man from I-da-HO, rub up against him and give him some tollop love, his facebook page is here.

Originally posted to Sluts on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:07 AM PST.

Also republished by Pro Choice.

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  •  Damn, Nevada's population is gonna skyrocket. (8+ / 0-)

    At least the Rural Areas.

    Maybe that's not a bad thing, might boost the numbers on the next census and get us a few more seats in the house.


    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:13:00 AM PST

  •  Actually, I'm kinda torn on this issue. (2+ / 0-)
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    Clytemnestra, jessical

    When I was a freshman at university, I went to a presentation by two Rhodes Scholars (I think that was their fellowship they won?) who were seniors.  They went to Amsterdam to study legal prostitution, and both hated the idea before they went and came home with mixed feelings about it.  I was ardently against prostitution until I saw their lecture.  After, I didn't know what to think.

    And seven years later, I still don't know what to think.

    "I don't want a unicorn. I want a fucking pegasus. And I want it to carry a flaming sword." -mahakali overdrive

    by Silvia Nightshade on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:21:44 AM PST

    •  prostitution really wasn't the issue of the diary (6+ / 0-)

      being equated to prostitutes because you are pro-choice is the issue of the diary.

      Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

      by Clytemnestra on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:25:52 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I think (3+ / 0-)

      that criminalizing prostitution isn't a very good answer, any more than criminalizing drug use is a good answer.

      But just about anywhere,  best information from the Netherlands, here in the US,  women don't so much choose the profession but have few other choices that allow them to support themselves.  Most studies seem to indicate the majority, possible 2/3 to 3/4 of prostitutes in the Netherlands are foreign born, from Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia, the epitome of women who have been exploited because they have few alternative financial choices, not in their homelands, not if they leave their homelands.

      As long as societies don't provide better education, equal pay, job opportunities to women,  prostitution ends up being employment of last resort for too many women.  Hardly a choice for most of them.   And all of this leaves out the sex trade marketing of young girls and boys who clearly have no choice.   That is simply criminal on the part of the adults who abuse them.

  •  Prostitution is legal... (6+ / 0-) many countries.  We are not in good company on this issue either.

    Prostitution legality by country

    Criminalizing prostitution hurts prostitutes and helps those who prey on them.

    Let's join the civilized world.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:28:23 AM PST

  •  The irony is that Idaho was one of the (6+ / 0-)

    last states outside of Nevada to get rid of prostitution. It wasn't legal, per se, but up until the Bush I administration there were plenty of cathouses working in north Idaho along Interstate-90. Having gone to college in north Idaho I would say at least half the guys I knew had gone to the cathouses in Wallace or Stateline at least once. Mendive is a little older than me; with Stateline being just minutes away from Coeur d'Alene, the legislator doth protest too loudly, methinks.

    There are two types of republicans, the rich and the stupid. The rich ones strive to keep the stupid ones stupid and the stupid ones strive to keep the rich ones rich.

    by frankzappatista on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:34:58 AM PST

  •  And here I thought this (7+ / 0-)

    was going to be an open letter to Congress.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:38:43 AM PST

  •  Many hundreds (12+ / 0-)

    of thousands of years ago, when I was in High School, I had a dear friend who had joined the Born Again movement, popular in the community of southern California, where we lived. We would argue about this one point more than anything else.

     He would say that being born again (as his group defined it) was a choice, and I should really consider the choice.

    “What is the choice?” I would ask him.

    “Accept Christ, or burn forever in hell,” he would answer.

    “That’s not a choice,” I would argue. “Would you like a baloney sandwich, or a turkey sandwich, is a choice. Would you like a baloney sandwich or would you like to starve to death, is not a choice.”

    Sometimes, in my opinion anyway, abortion is a choice, sometimes it is not. Sometimes becoming a prostitute is a choice, sometimes it is not. Now, it does not seem terribly inappropriate to try to draw comparisons between abortion and prostitution, but I believe you will be more successful in your comparisons if you look at those instances when it is not a choice, because that is where the problems lie. How these stupid, white, old men see women is repugnant, and really must change.

    I am embarrassed, once again, by a politician from a state that I now call my home.

  •  You know what else is for hookers? (3+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, Calamity Jean, irishwitch

    Bathing and washing your vagina everyday. Everybody knows you're only washing because a man is about to touch you or he already did. Just ask the people from 400 years ago. ;-P

    "It's not enough to acknowledge privilege. You have to resist." -soothsayer

    by GenXangster on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:49:38 AM PST

  •  More fun slutty music :-) (1+ / 0-)
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    There are two types of republicans, the rich and the stupid. The rich ones strive to keep the stupid ones stupid and the stupid ones strive to keep the rich ones rich.

    by frankzappatista on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:50:52 AM PST

  •  This form of argument comes up repeatedly (4+ / 0-)

    A social conservative will hold up the libertarian position that people should be left alone when not harming others (which the conservatives claim to believe themselves), and then appeal to emotion by saying "If you allow [something gaining acceptance], how can you stop short of [something victimless but emotionally repulsive]?".

    This tactic has been used against marriage equality, for example.

    There needs to be a standard response that doesn't get sucked into taking the libertarian side. In this case, it could be something like "Dude, we just want health care". Or "Dude, if you're insulting your constituents, you've already lost".

    •  Marriage equality (1+ / 0-)
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      I have discussed gay marriage with conservatives. Their counter argument is usually "well why not legalize polygamy and bestiality". I explain that bestiality is not acceptable as the animal is not exactly a consenting human. But polygamy is fine by me as one can still prosecute those polygamous cults where abuse of underage girls take place even if polygamy is legalized.

      The problem happens when some liberals will join conservatives in bashing polygamy too. I actually agree with right wingers on the validity of the comparison , but disagree on what I conclude(I support the issues while they use the comparison to oppose them).

      •  I support the legalization of polygamy & polyandry (0+ / 0-)

        both are still going on, legal or not

        but polygamy is happening with children who cannot consent.

        and both because all parties, including the children need legal protection

        Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

        by Clytemnestra on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:26:17 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Being pro-choice makes me a prostitute? (2+ / 0-)
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    starfu, Clytemnestra

    I feel  And I love it!

    But I'm not going to meet Rep. Mendive in the men's room of a major hub airport.  A working man-turned-lady-of-the-evening has to have some standards.

  •  I'm confused.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Jeez.  I knew the gun-crazy guano loco types had moved into northern Idaho, but Ron Mendive has apparently misplaced his sanity.

    Is this a backward way Ron Mendive is using to bring prostitution back to Wallace, Idaho, just east on I-90 across the panhandle of Idaho?  Or prostitution anywhere else in the state?

    Wallace, Idaho was known for prostitution for over a century.  On the Eleven cool things about Wallace, ID, it made the list at #5:

    5. Hookers! Until the late 1980's, Wallace had a thriving prostitution industry. the local police chose to ignore the brothels for over 100 years and it wasn't until the feds got involved that they were forced to shut down. The Oasis Bordello Museum gives $5 tours of an old whorehouse, left exactly how it was when the ladies had to scramble. A copy of People magazine is among the exhibits, its cover featuring Baby Jessica, the girl who had the whole country freaking out after falling down a well.
    Hey!  Mendive!  Grow up and grow a brain in your head (the bigger head, not the little mindless head)!
    No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg.
    -- Frederica Mathewes-Green

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:54:31 PM PST

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