- Politics and Social Issues
What if Society Halted Prostitution? Would society suffer?
Who’s to say that there would be consequences? Some people believe that rapes of women would increase. I don’t find the statement agreeable because rape isn’t about sex. It’s about power and control. Furthermore, if we did halt prostitution as a society, men and women would still find ways around it. That is the way we our as a society. When one thing works for us, we go for it. If it doesn’t work or something forbids us from doing certain things, we find ways around it.
Would there be consequences that society would face if prostitution were halted, absolutely. Some people, both men and women use this type of work to support their families, pay their bills, heck even send their children off to college. Without that means of supporting their families, many people in society would suffer with having to take extremely lower paying jobs. Poverty levels could rise even higher as well as the rise of homelessness. More and more people may end up on welfare, even suicide rates could possibly increase.
Prostitution isn’t about the exploitation of women because there are just as many male prostitutes as there are female prostitutes. Furthermore, if society wants to crack down on exploitation, that will not only include prostitutes, but it will include strippers of both sexes as well as pornography actors (men and women).
The law says that once we hit the age of eighteen, we can do whatever we want. Sure, prostitution is illegally in almost every state in the United States, except Nevada for sure. Also, there are brothels that are planning to be opened up to cater to women so they will have legal prostitution for males and females. Are these individuals exploiting themselves. Sure they may say they love their work and are making tons of money and are happy, but to the outside observer, they would most commonly think they were kidding themselves, because society tells us that nobody could possibly be happy selling themselves, when it is those same individuals who do it everyday at work whether they are modeling, trying to sell fashion or make deals. We are constantly selling in this society because it’s the only way to support ourselves. Look online, people are knowingly putting erotic images of themselves up for the entire world to see, once again, both men and women.
Am I saying prostitution should be legalized everywhere, god no. Too many times, women and sometimes men are forced into it and at such young ages and they find themselves trapped with no way out. Many end up dead. The question should not be “ Could prostitution ever be organized in such a way that it will not exploit women?” It should ask if we could ever have a society where prostitution was non- existent?