It wasn’t easy for me to write this – it is the first time I’ve targeted a topic so controversial and have probably spent more time struggling to straighten out my thoughts than ever before. I have also never enlisted the services of a prostitute or approach them to speak in regards to their career, but let my prose be more than mere speculation. My English teachers back then always commented on my essays for being unsubstantiated with empirical evidence: which was fine, and like before – I wish to win you over (or at least have you read my prose) through my handling of Logic. Also, the content below might be a little NSFW.
It is as if their work renders them inhuman. They are “fallen women”, and what they have fallen from is humanity itself.
-Brooke Maganti on The Guardian
Prostitution is different from copulating with your spouse: it strips away a valuable part of an intimate part of a relationship, leaving only the bare minimum. Primitively, the copulation between males and females are largely dependent on a form of socio-economic exchange; pleasure for protection and survivability. Perhaps there have been more intricate details to the mating of two primitive neanderthals, but as extreme patriarchy would be present during that time due to the physically stronger male, perhaps it all boiled down to fulfillment.
And the female is no longer seen as an equal being, it would seem. She is objectified and lusted over, and what makes matters worst is that she allowed it to happen. She has willingly degraded herself from a human being to an object to be made use of; and this form of self-degradation is seen as an insult to her own dignity, abuse even.
Generally, our society tends to look upon such profession with disdain. We say that it abuses our invaluable dignity and no matter what plight should befall you, your self-respect should remain unshaken.
Well that’s pretty easy to say when you’re not in someone else’s shoes.
Group A: Women do so because they have no other source of income.
Group B: Women do so because they see it as a service in high demand.
Group C: Some do so because they enjoy sex and turning it into a source of income.
Group D: Forced prostitution.
The women in Group A do not want to become prostitutes, but are forced to do so under dire circumstances. Pressed by economic necessity, these women are forced into the career because they lack the skills to obtain a “reputable” career. Some others require that fast cash flow to either pay off a debt or to feed an addiction.
The women of Group B treats her vocation just like any other occupation – an instrumentally valuable form of copulating. Prostitution can easily pay higher than your average office job when you earn a hundred for a one-hour session. Desperation is not the cause, and they are probably able to secure other jobs if need be. But they choose to do so because it pays well; sexual services or not doesn’t matter.
Some women enjoy sex and see no problems in it being a career path; and are more than happy to do so. I do believe it is theoretically possible for a woman to love sex and actually does wish to turn that passion into livelihood.
Some unfortunate women, dealt a heartless hand by fate, are sold and forced to work in brothels with horrible working conditions. The criminal enterprises involved in prostitution rings often obtain their “goods” through kidnapping, blackmailing or similar illegal means.
A Personal Choice
Prostitution, at most times, is a personal choice.
For some, it is the only way for them to survive. They are only doing so because this is the best job they can do to keep themselves and loved ones alive.
I abhor the idea that, when these people are living excruciatingly painful lives, are still subjected to the psychological pressure of your subjective morale ideals.
It is easy to say from the point of view of a relatively well-off human being that prostitution is an abuse to one’s dignity; but until you know true hopelessness, you know of nothing of what you speak.
And what of the rest?
Those who willingly subject their body to the trade? We still face the same dilemma: is turning the human body into an object of commerce objectionable?
Truthfully, I find prostitution a must.
A man’s ability to attract women is highly correlated to his level of attractiveness and socio-economic status. Men who are neither physically attractive nor wealthy, and those with otherwise unattractive or struck with disability must endure years of grinding celibacy; or they can pay for sex.
And yet, I would never want to see my daughter work in the porn industry. And when if I were to sleep with a prostitute, I imagine something within me wouldn’t feel right.
Conclusion, and the Leftovers
So what’s wrong with girls working in brothels? Them being forced to work in brothels. You have a problem with human traffickers and their criminal involvements in prostitution? Then your problems are with human trafficking.
If I were to purchase a loaf of bread from a baker, and all I want is an amazing loaf of bread for my breakfast, and I using the baker as a means to an end?
And on the page of dignity, would you think that the grave-digger, the guy who pumps out sewage and the garbage man have any of their own?
It is a little counter intuitive to be using logic to dictate a moral compass, but perhaps the concern of a human dignity in regards to prostitution is misinformed. I’d like to see prostitution regulated, but as for legislation of prostitution, I’m not too sure. To bring legislation brings the fear that it might collaterally cause it to be normalized.
Some would argue that it is in their freedom to do what they wish with their bodies, but the other would admit that sometimes freedom tends to be misused.
There are pull and pushes in view of legislation; and with the gay-marriage movement, previously frowned upon and now frantically pushed for, perhaps there is now a pulling back. With the decelerating assault on the limits of decency, some are prepared to expand its limits.
This is an article written by PP1MT.
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He is also interested in your thoughts on the subject 🙂
p.s: used a stunningly low amount of images this time round; googling for prostitutes stock images isn’t very healthy…
Also, this video in particular helped me understand a lot more about the subject matter. It contains NSFW content, but is otherwise very enlightening. Please do check it out.