Morning Links

Thursday, May 28th, 2009
  • Yes, Tasmanian devils really are that mean.
  • How shutting down the “Erotic Services” section on Craiglist will make prostitutes less safe, and make it more difficult for police to investigate actual crimes committed against sex workers.
  • Texas DA gave his secretaries hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses from asset forfeiture fund.
  • The evolutionary psychology behind behavior in elevators.
  • Conservative legal icon Tedd Olsen joins the fight for legalized gay marriage.
  • Oklahoma state troopers pull over ambulance as it was taking a patient to the hospital. Officer is then caught on tape choking an EMT in the ensuing altercation.
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  • 52 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  old | 

      Prostitution should go back to the temple where it belongs.

    2. #2 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #48 Bob

      Ok, here we go with the prostitution again.

      You guys are deluded about the dangers of prostitution. It’s not like drugs at all, prostitution is not a “Victimless crime”

      The core mechanic of prostitution is manipulation.

      I don’t buy the exploitation argument against prostitution anymore than I buy it for any other outlawed “vice”. The concept that an activity must be banned because people are too weak willed to look after themselves is one of the corner stones of the nanny state. It’s bad enough when used to outlaw gambling and drugs, but in the case of prostitution, I find it sexist as well. Manipulation and exploitation of women is the primary argument the feminist movement makes against pornography and it doesn’t hold water in that case either.

      If I were a woman, I’m pretty certain I would be insulted by the idea that the state needs to make my decisions for me because I’m too easily manipulated by the opposite sex. I would also consider laws against prostitution an assault on my right to use my body and brain to put food on my table and a roof over my head no different from a physicist, construction worker, or sports star.

      I’m sure there ARE prostitutes that enter the profession fully in possession of their reasoning ability, and of their own free will… but all available data indicates that the vast majority do not.

      How generous. Sorry, but I think you have it backwards. I’m sure there are women who are manipulated by men just as there are men who are manipulated by women. The risk of manipulation is a part of every single human interaction on the planet, but people are still allowed to make their own choices.

      I don’t know where you’re getting your statistics, but it’s not very meaningful to argue about how women are victimized by prostitution in places where it’s outlawed. Ask the women who work the profession where it’s legal and has the protections that the law allows for any business. It’s not the profession that victimizes prostitutes. The real persecution of prostitutes is at the hands of legal establishment in places where it’s banned, not to mention the “vast majority” of a sexually repressed population who condone that persecution.

      If the phrase, “My body, my choice” means anything at all, it means a woman can use her body to earn a living. It doesn’t matter whether it’s coming from a militant feminist or some misogynist moron who thinks a woman’s place is in the kitchen, laws that restrict people’s choices are antithetical to freedom and, last time I checked, women have as much a right to freedom as men.