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  1. Feb 23, 2004 #1
    world's oldest "profession"

    Referred to as the world's oldest "profession," prostitution is defined as the act or practice of selling oneself for sexual purposes. It is also defined as an unworthy use of a talent, quality, or the like, especially for personal gain. What's interesting is that the former is illegal in all states except Nevada while the latter has been morally and culturally accepted since the beginning of time. This begs the question: is there any difference between a street walker/escort and a person who uses their physical beauty to attain a lifestyle that others labor very hard to attain? Too often in our society we see evidence of the "trophy spouse"; a reward received by those who achieve success in business or entertainment. The marriage consists of a person who sees a beautiful spouse as something to obtain and a person who deliberately shops lifestyle by any sexual means necessary.

    Some would argue that prostitution should be made legal so that (just as with drugs) it can be regulated by the state and become a source of revenue enhancement. Furthermore, sex between strangers would be safer since the government (as in Nevada) would require regular medical examinations to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The problem facing this country is that we haven't reconciled these two definitions thus creating the existence of a double standard. We are quick to arrest and condemn the street walker/escort but would never think to shun a sexual opportunist. In many ways, prostitution already is legal in our society. People pay to watch two people have sex with each other but yet cannot pay each other for sex. I recall two people comparing their lifestyles while waiting in line at the airport. One person told the other "the difference between you and me is that you pay for your sex with cash and I pay for it with dinners, clothing and jewelry". The problem with this country today is not that we are a nation of laws but rather a nation that continually contradicts itself when it comes to morality.
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  3. Feb 23, 2004 #2
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    The government pimping the people. That is the most interesting thing ive heard all day.

    I guess one can view it from the vantage point of Valentines Day. Its a typical stock situation and occurs all the time on sit-coms: The guy spends money on the girl (flowers, chocolates, etc.) and hopes to "score" later on during that night *cough* hubba-hubba *cough*. Is this not prostitution? My argument may seem extreme (to point of absurdity) but in a sense it is true.
  4. Feb 23, 2004 #3


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    Not really, that sounds more like low stakes gambling to me...to make it an appropriate comparision...if the guy doesn't "score" later that night...the dates big "Daddy" beats the crap out of her and kicks her out into the street. "No daughter of mine is going to live here and not put out!" (absurd I know, but you get the point)
  5. Feb 23, 2004 #4
    I admit that the two are very similar. It's an interesting comparison, certainly. However, regardless of the ethics, legalizing prostitution (the legal definition, anyway) is horribly impractical. Society isn't organized properly to allow such a thing without significant consequences.

    Imagine there being no social recourse for bringing up a daughter under the premise that her only value lies in servicing random men for money.

    We'd probably end up having to spend more money in social services and regulation than it's costing us.

  6. Feb 24, 2004 #5
    How many places did you post this?
  7. Feb 24, 2004 #6


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    Why not kill wto birds with one stone? You can legalise both and have a real "corperate pimp" relationship by using addiction to keep yer ho's in there place!
  8. Feb 24, 2004 #7
    So, buying dinner for a lday is only done at the expectation of sex. I'll not touch this one.
  9. Feb 24, 2004 #8
    I don't think he was saying that this is always done with the expectation of sex. Just that it does happen and is a much more accepted way of "purchasing" sex.
  10. Feb 24, 2004 #9
    Exactly, as kat mentioned earlier, it is like low stakes gambling. The guy may or may not get it but it is certainly far more legal than 'direct' prostitution.
  11. Feb 24, 2004 #10


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    Gambling is also illegal in most states.
  12. Feb 24, 2004 #11


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    Lol, unless it's state sponsored!
  13. Feb 25, 2004 #12
    I'm confused by what some people have posted. The point was to show the similarities between gold-digging/romancing with money and gifts and prositution and then point out the oddity of the legal difference, wonder what the distinction is that justifies the legal difference, and people responded by saying that the legal difference is the distinction!
  14. Feb 27, 2004 #13
    Re: Prostitution

    NOT! The world's oldest profession is farming/gardening.
  15. Feb 27, 2004 #14
    Jobialek, I happened to drop by the forums on Bill Maher's site, just for the hell of it, and I noticed a very familiar-seeming post...
  16. Mar 1, 2004 #15
    Make it legal
  17. Mar 1, 2004 #16
    He's posted it about 120 different places.
  18. Mar 1, 2004 #17
    Here, here! (or "Hear, hear!"?)
  19. Mar 2, 2004 #18
    Do we have someone to second this decision?
  20. Mar 2, 2004 #19
    Heck, I think it is a fin eidea...and then we can tax it!
  21. Mar 2, 2004 #20


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    It would certainly make accounting more interesting.

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