Lately, I've had to unsubscribe from some feminist blogs where women were speaking favorably about legalizing prostitution, a philosophy I vehemently disagree with as liberal and progressive as I think myself to be. Prostitution is a form of male violence against women and children and should not be legalized any more than it already has in some states here in the US. We should be going after the johns and penalize the demand. We should not send out the message that it's OK to allow women and children to be bought and used like drugs or alcohol. Prostitution creates more demand and trafficking--legalizing it is not the answer, and furthermore, to say it's a way to protect our loved ones from male violence while turning our eyes from other women and children who are "willingly" becoming the victims/slaves to the aggression, is also a way to perpetuate this cycle of male violence and the slavery of women and children on a global scale. Legalizing prostitution is not a progressive act but going backwards. If you care about human rights and the future for our daughters, please stand against it now and let your voices be heard.
(Image: Cover of the book, Prostitution, Trafficking and Traumatic Stress by Melissa Farley, author of Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections and co-author of The Myth of the Victimless Crime By Melissa Farley and Victor Malarek,
Published: March 12, 2008 in The New York Times.)
Also read this article, Pornography and Its Apologists
Published by mkanderson, March 9, 2008 on Human Trafficking Watch blog.