Prostitution: Empowering or Degrading?
Question of the day.
I’d love to hear how others feel about this topic.
On a feminist page I belong to on Facebook, there was an article about a brothel being sponsors for a soccer team in Greece. The women, who are feminists on this page, got into a big argument (that turned ugly) about prostitution. Some even espoused the idea that prostitution empowers women. (I’m not sure as opposed to what? Jail time?)
Perhaps, I am a prude, ignorant or what have you……I get that these women (supposedly) “choose” to be in this industry, and (supposedly) they are happy making lots of money doing it. I am for the freedom in doing whatever you choose with your own body as long as you are not hurting anyone else. I would never try to enact legislation to stop prostitution even if I was in a position to do so. This is simply my feeling about it.
BUT I long to see the day that women are not objectified and that a woman’s body is NOT a commodity to be bought or sold. This position has nothing to do with religion or morality. It has to do with societies having respect for women and women having respect for themselves. Sex is great whether for love, lust or fun or even just an anonymous good time, but I have an issue when it comes to any woman’s body being FOR SALE. Women are NOT “objects” to buy or sell.
A couple months ago, I received a notice in the mail that all Florida massage therapists (which I am) would now be required to show identification (what about a massage license?) on demand if authorities show up to the spa. This is a part of Florida Statutes 787.06 – Human trafficking. It took me quite a few minutes to piece this together (I was totally mystified at first, but then again, I can be pretty naive) and then suddenly it hit me. There is apparently human trafficking taking place, where people are being forced to work in the guise of “massage therapy” and perform sex acts. Of course, being in this industry for the past 13 years and literally breaking my back to do my legitimate work, having prostitution associated with therapeutic massage really pisses me off. (Sorry, got off topic and onto another tangent.)
So, would love to hear what other people feel about this topic. If you dare to comment. *smile* Is prostitution degrading to women or empowering?
~Kathy Lee 10/19/2012