This is the second part of the series “Legal or Illegal“. Please read that article first if you want to understand the base of these arguments.
Today in almost all the societies, modern or otherwise, western or eastern, world’s oldest profession is illegal. In the conservative societies, choosing this profession is like living the worst form of life, it is suppose to be he last resort of poor women.
But the question arises, if having sex with a partner of your choice is legal, how come exchanging money for sex is not? What changes when money is exchanged between two people for Sex? Its definitely not exchange of money because there is nothing wrong in exchange of money between two people. Its not sex either because two consenting adults are allowed to have sex (except for countries like India, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan where there are some restrictions).
So coming back to the killing kittens example, when I suggest people that in a society of pure Liberty, prostitution will be legal, people just revolt, the first knee-jerk reaction “but won’t evil people force women to work as prostitutes?.”
Well first of all, forcing women to work as prostitutes in such a society will still be a crime, irrespective of whether you make prostitution legal or illegal. Just like forcing someone to work in your fields is a crime, forcing someone to do computer programming for you on a gun point is a crime, forcing someone to work as a prostitute will be a crime. Like forcing someone to work in your house as a maid is slavery, forcing some girl to work as a prostitute will be slavery too.
So you see there is no change in status for that act which is certainly a crime. Now if prostitution is made legal, then only the women who wish to work as a prostitute will be in the profession. If there will be enough number of women in such a profession, there will be no incentive for those criminals who force women to become prostitutes do continue doing it. The prostitutes will be well paid, kept much more healthy, and be less exploited.
There will be a licensing of prostitutes by voluntary unions, monthly checkups by doctors and numerous disease prevention measures will be taken.
The second knee-jerk reaction I get from people is “Oh so would you like to see your sister or mother work as a prostitute?” People, people! There is a big difference between supporting the decriminalization of a voluntary act, and wishing to see my own family members do the same act without consent. Despite of the fact that prostitution is illegal, there are prostitutes all over the world; your sister might be working as one without your knowledge. Oh do you find that idea disgusting? Why not? Because you think you have given your sister some values? Well then why would they be becoming prostitutes just because it’s legalized now?
Objective Perspective: Let’s have an objective perspective of what prostitution is really. When you gift your girlfriend precious gifts and she returns it back with sexual favour (which could be making out with you, or even full intercourse), that is prostitution in objective terms according to the definition of prostitution. Would you really be in a relationship with a girl (or marry one) if it’s made clear that you are NOT getting any sexual favours from her? Or if you are a girl, then would you be in a relationship with a man (or marry one) if its made clear that he is never going to give you any gift or material benefits, you both have to pay your rent separately, you will have to buy your own clothes, jewellery etc, and just keep on giving sexual favours to him?
This, my friend is prostitution from a pure Objective viewpoint. A girl is merely being a prostitute if she accepts gifts from a guy, and then is at some point obliged to return sexual favours. Having a marital contract does not changes anything because if you don’t have sex with your spouse then that can become a grounds for cancellation(divorce) or even nullification(annulment) of the contract(marriage).
A voluntary trade benefits both the parties, take for example a milkman gives a baker his milk, and baker gives milkman his cake. Both the parties are not better off without the voluntary trade. Baker now has milk which he needed; milkman has cake, which he wanted to eat. Similarly, prostitution is a voluntary trade, and it benefits both the parties, and it’s no more just or unjust than a milkman-baker transaction. A prostitute has her sexuality; her client has money, after the trade both are better off than before. We never hear a guy being pushed into heterosexual prostitution against his will, not because everyman loves to be in that situation, but because the supply greatly outweighs the demand.
When there is a demand, somehow it will be fulfilled by the supply, whether you make it legal or illegal. In former case it will be met out there in open, in latter case, it will be met in a black market, in closed alleys. Whether you live in Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan or USA, prostitution is everywhere, do not take a moralistic viewpoint that our culture does not support these things. India has highest numbers of AIDS patients despite of its glorious 5,000 years old moralistic culture, its all because of back-ally illegal prostitution.
UPDATE: Well I just read about an experiment in Yale University with Monkeys.1 A bunch of scientists tried to train monkeys into using money. The monkeys exchanged stuff with each other using those coins, they even showed their preference by offering different amount of money for say Jel-O vs Bananas.
The best part was that female monkeys were having sex with male monkeys in exchange for money. Prostitution! It exists among monkeys too. Now it didn’t happen because of some inherent characteristic fault of money, after all just because monkeys traded with money doesn’t mean that it was some inherent characteristics of money which made them to those things, rather it means monkey brains are wired too for understanding and performing indirect exchanges.
Similarly it simply means that female monkeys perceive prostitution no different than any other exchange, secondly, its always males who have to give something to the female in order to have sex with her. When training a bunch of monkeys for using money, it comes up explicitly as prostitution.
Because if money wasn’t used in this concept and monkeys were only observed in their natural environment, people would have concluded “Awwe look that monkey is seducing that female monkey by giving her that shiny stone”.
- Chaos! Legalizing prostitution will create chaos everywhere – I am sorry but this is a de facto argument given to whatever I suggest. It comes basically because of what psychologist describe as “Fear of the unknown”. If you think legalizing prostitution will create chaos in the society, well then think again because according to psychologists you are saying that because you are unable to envision such a scenario.
- Girls will be immoral, guys will become corrupt – I don’t know where you come from, but prostitution is pretty wide spread in contemporary society, its just that girls won’t admit it to anyone because of its in-acceptance in the society, and guys won’t admit it because its emasculating to admit.