In my opinion, a person should be able to charge for services that they can give away if they want. Who are they hurting? Two or more consenting adults make an arrangement that is between themselves.
Why is it that women and men for that matter, are still being controlled by governments in the bedroom? Is the bible or religion running our societies?
Who or what decided on things that are moral or immoral?
Just because a person doesn't want to do something themselves, I for one, doesn't give them the right to "Preach" to others what to do..
Many of us want the best outcomes for human health and thus far, making prostitution illegal seems to have done little to that effect. Not only has it not put an end to prostitution, it may also have put up barriers to making the prostitution that does exist safer. I think what many of us advocate is a regulated industry to help prevent trafficking, pimping, transmission of disease, and sketchy work conditions for the workers.
You can say that women should go to college, but that costs money that not all women (or men) have. Even if they did have the money, it's not like all college grads find financial success or that no prostitutes are, in fact, college grads or students already.
I'm not sure that anyone stated in the thread that they want people to become prostitutes. I wouldn't want my son or daughter, if I had one, to work in porn or prostitution, but ultimately that wouldn't be my choice to make. If they did make that choice, I would want them to have the best guarantees of health and safety possible in that job. That would likely mean work regulations and protections from the government. Not going to happen if the government declares prostitution illegal. To be honest though, I could sub out 'prostitution' with a number of jobs I wouldn't want my children to work.
On one final note, I'm sure some percentage of women and men degrade themselves through such work, but not necessarily all. I don't think that sex is so sacred that doing it for money should automatically be considered degrading. At any rate, such degradation and self-esteem issues are their demons to deal with if they experience those feelings. I'm not going to add to that by disdaining them myself. I don't. They are human beings, and I will give them equal respect until I have a reason not to. You might personally feel insulted if someone offered to pay you for sex, but you aren't soliciting clients.
I'm not asking you to change your understanding, but before you get so repulsed, try and understand that advocating the legalization of prostitution is not necessarily the same thing as promoting or celebrating prostitution itself.
Well then why don’t we legalize gang activity, and all drug dealing they make tons of money too…where do you draw the line?
You should legalize drugs and drug dealing, then there wouldn't BE gang activity you see. It would be regulated just like everything else and taxed so no one could make that kind of money of drugs in the street. They would be cheap and it wouldn't be worth a "gangster's" time at all. Hell like I said there wouldn't be gangsters with no black market product to sell. Gang activity has been illegal forever, it is called racketeering and should not be allowed because it is a group of people who conspire to do illegal acts together. You draw the line when what you are doing is AGAINST the wishes of the other peoples' wishes. I want to buy drugs, you want to sell them, no problem there. You want money for sex and I want to pay, no problem there. I want to kill you and you don't want me to kill you, fucking problem.
Make sense yet?
Or is there still a need for anything to be legal or illegal...? Does legalizing prostitution bring a positive aspect to society that we cannot do without?
Tanya, I think you are missing the intended point of this threat (Robin, please correct me if I am wrong). Legalizing prostitution would have allow eliminate the back-alley dangerous encounters that happen every day in every city across this country. Under our current archaic laws, we force prostitutes into a position in which they have no protections, they have limited access to medial care, and the laws waste an enormous amount of out tax dollars.
Making prostitution legal, would allow us to control the activity, and ensure the safety of those individuals that choose to participate in it. Additionally, we could reduce the spread of STD's, reduce the tax dollars spent fighting an institution that will always exist.
You mentioned morals, but morals are relative; each of us have our own morals that as atheists we should not be forcing on others at the end of a gun barrels or with handcuffs.
Moral relativity is a paper argument. So many people use this to justify actions, but this argument falls apart so easily. If you came home from work one day and saw some guy in bed with your wife would you still defend moral relativity. This guy isn't directly causing you harm; your wife wanted it and both of them are experiencing great pleasure from the act. Adultery is only wrong because the Bible tells us it is. What we consider to be right or wrong is relative, but it is obvious some things do more harm than good. If something isn't a net positive for everyone involved it should be avoided. Porn is legal and regulated, but one doesn't need to be a doctor to see the psychological damage done to these women. Even famous porn stars have been open about the damage caused by porn and are trying to help people avoid the industry. Why do we think prostitution will be any different.
Marriage is a civil contract between two people, to protect the financial aspect of their relationship. It's a partnership Why just two people? I have no idea...
What goes on in their marriage is no one else's business..
That's another issue...
Someones morals should be left up to the individual.
As for the porn stars.. Were they drug addicts that are now in poor health as a result or did they catch an STD from not using protection?
They regret it, do all of them?
I regret alot of things..
"I should have stuck to that diet" . Should that be outlawed, will overeating be a crime next? It's bad for you... Is it morally right to over eat when people are starving?