We legalised it in New Zealand too. The women that do it and speak out say that they are safe, happy, healthy, and wealthy. The prostitutes in liscences brothels are under no obligation to sleep with someone if they don't want to. There are still a fair number of prostitutes that are in dangerous positions: ones on street corners, ones with bad pimps or in unliscenced and unsafe brothels, but for the most part these women are in safe, healthy environments since prostitution became legalised, and that's the main reason that it was done. Prostitution has been called "the oldest profession". It'll happen whether it's legal or not, so it may as well be legal.Lotus wrote: If I am not mistaken, Australia legalized prostitution and unionized it. Maybe someone from there who is on the board can address this.
There are ads in the paper: Women wanted! Friendly staff! $130 an hour! Full training provided! Honestly, when you're broke, and there are so few jobs, that sort of thing starts to look attractive
I say, do what makes you happy. If sleeping with a different person every night makes you happy, good for you. It raises your chances of STDs and you could wind up with someone dangerous, but if you're sleeping with someone new every night that sort of thing might not bother you. Which is fine with me. I don't believe that you always leave a part of yourself with the man you are with. I don't feel that sex should only be something you do when you're in love. When sex stops being fun and empowering and starts being an addiction or a problem, then maybe you should reasses your sex life. Likewise, when you're addicted to crystal meth and sleeping in a cardboard box, you might want to think about working through your drug problems. But if you're happy being stoned 24/7, then go for it. It's your life, and it's your body, and it's none of my business what you do with it.
I can't go around saying that someone has a problem because they are a stripper or a prostitute or a slut. I don't believe that. Many of these people are wealthy women with a good home, well-adjusted kids, and an understanding partner. Not all of them, not most of them, but many of them. So I can't look at a prostitute and think "she has some problems" or "she should get out of that industry while she still can", because that's unfair of me. After all, I am poor and she just got her kids into private school.
Now, personally, I am not in favour of girls going around with skirts the length of belts and sleeping with the first guy to smile at them. That, to me, lacks a certain amount of class. But they might find the concept of hanging from the ceiling with hooks through your skin to be an undesirable one. Personally, I think suspensions are awesome, but they can think I'm gross for it if they want. Likewise, they can do what they want and wear what they want and charge however much they want. It's nothing to do with me. I would happily go and watch "Manpower Australia" and feel absolutely no guilt or dirtiness about watching hot hot men take off all their clothes for my viewing pleasure. (Oh my, yes.) I have no problems with hiring a stripper for a mate's hen's night or something. Is it so different for female strippers? I don't think so. It's a bit more dangerous, admittedly, but no different from a moral perspective.
Conclusion: the sex industry might well be at odds with some views of Paganism. It's not with my own. It's not really related to my own in any way... I feel everyone should be able to do what they want to do. I know many women (and men) are not doing what they want to do, and can't get out of it. That is unfortunate, and I hope they find the strength to get out. Otherwise? Not relevant. As a woman, doing what you want and being happy with yourself and your sexuality is the important part, not the actions you take.[/b]