Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I Wanna Be a Hooker When I Grow Up!


Prostitues have always had a bad rap. They are "loose women", cold, calculating, and most likely the victim of some kind of abuse. Or maybe they're welfare moms, with no man in the house, just trying to feed their family. Sometimes(rarely) they are "escorts": beautiful, glamorous, and very expensive. No matter what their title, hookers are definitely on the bottom of the social food chain. Not to mention, destined for an eternity of fiery torment in whatever afterlife one may believe in (when it comes to ladies of the night, the religious status quo is pretty uniform). What few people consider is the useful and undervalued service these ladies provide. When you're sick, you can go to a doctor. If you're hungry, you can find a chef in a restaurant to make you anything your heart desires. Feeling a little...unhinged? Your friendly local therapist would be more than happy to take your money in exchange for listening to you pour your heart out. Priests are available for reassurance of a spiritual reward for not going to the club last week. Almost every need that we have as human beings can be serviced by one of the various branches of the American commercial industry. So, why is sex, another human necessity, left out of the loop? It's pretty widely accepted that the majority of people have sexual needs that they are going to handle in one way or another, so why not leave it to a professional?

Now, I'm not saying go out and pick up one of the hookers that strolls the back alleys behind that club or call the number on the late-night television ads. What I'm suggesting is that perhaps our country would benefit from a legalized, regulated option for sexual fulfillment. Prostitution could be like any other government job, with a paycheck, benefits, training, and references from a previous employer. If getting laid was as easy and safe as ordering a pizza, would the statistics about sexual assault be different? Of course, tragic situations like rape are very rarely about sex, but about an exercise of power over another individual. But why does sex have to be equated with power or control? Is it possible for society to develop in a way that does not stigmatize sex, but instead treats it as a human need that deserves as much attention as hunger? For now, it doesn't seem possible, but it is still nice to imagine..."Thank you for your order. Would you like whipped cream on that?"

3 comments:

  1. I'm all for it. The reason why sex has such a stigma attached to it is because we are still trying to have a good wholesome family buzz about America. American sex ideals are double edged in one sense the thought of ordering sex as easy as you would a pizza would give pause and question why is this so easy? People would then wonder if there is something wrong with this person (std, HIV, too experienced, etc)? Then on the other hand such easy access to sex would limit sexual assaults and violence since you "can have it your way" and plus both men and women would not need to beg for sex from their committed partner or from a friend. But the more important questions would male hookers be available on the menu too? And do male hookers even exist in America?

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  2. Male hookers absolutely DO exist!! Some people call them gigolos. And the beauty of a regulated system for sexual fulfillment is that it would be safe. People could not just put a sign in front of their house that says "hooker for hire". There would be a training and screening process, just like any other job. Making sex accessible and safe would take the guesswork and worry out of what should be a fun, pleasurable activity! If you order a pepperoni pizza, what are you going to get? A pepperoni pizza! And if they get your order wrong? You send it back...or get a free pizza. Either way, your needs as a customer come first!

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  3. I'm not sure if legalizing Prostitution is such a good thing. Sex is supposed to be something thats sacred and holy, something that is natural but not to be abused. If prostitution was legalized all of our vaules about sex would go out the window. I'm not saying I agree with everything that society believes about sex but when I comes to prostitution I can't agree. I'm not so bold to say that prostitutes will burn in hell, they have to do what they have to do to survive but making it legal won't change anything execpt maybe prostitutes now having benifits. They will still be looked down on, male or female and they will remain at the bottom of the food chain. Not something that should happen.

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