Reactions over Prostition
For those of you who may not know school is back in session.As such I’ll probably be better at writing in my blog now (i hope).
This week in two of my classes the topic of prostitution came up. One of these classes is Philosophy (It’s 101 so there are a lot of freshman in the class) However even if the class was a bunch of freshman I still don’t think they should be let off the hook for the natural reaction that they gave when the subject of buying prostitutes and doing what you want with them came up. The class laughed. Something about purchasing a prostitute was hilarious to them. At the end of class I rose my hand and addressed the class about being offended by their laughter. I informed them that you don’t ‘buy’ a prostitute you buy their services. Buying humans is known as slavery. I also informed them that I didn’t believe there was anything wrong with being a prostitute if the individual is doing it of their own free will. The professor thanked me for my input and told me that he shared my beliefs. None of my classmates challenged what I had said.
Perhaps they’re immature and still laugh when they see condoms. Therefore the idea of sex work is treated as a joke and something to make fun of, patronize, and of course to be stigmatized. Which I find sad and wish they could take the time and gain new perspective.
Moving on to my next class that talked about prostitution….Gender and Race after Hitler aka post war ’45. One of the readings we had to do this week was about US army relations with French prostitutes and the spread of VD. I could probably do a whole post on all my thoughts about the article, but this is not that post. In class we were discussing the reading a classmate shared with the class that the article had offended him because his grandfathers were stationed in France at this time, and they would never have slept with prostitutes. I immediately mumbled to myself “How do you know?” The girl in front of me heard me and chuckled. I was serious though how did he know his grandfathers didn’t sleep with any women while over in France? That’s not even the part that is most worrisome to me…it’s the fact that he was so upset at the thought of it. So what if he slept with prostitutes in France. These women needed money to put food on their tables and survive. I was more pissed off at the US for destroying the regulated sex trade that France had set up just to save public face. That’s just me though.
Was this classmate upset at the article or the thought of men sleeping with prostitutes? If it was the latter it begs the question of why? The stigma surrounding prostitutes is so high I would be very interested in what people think of when they picture a prostitute…
All of this just furthers my desire to break stigmas and get the people around me to truly think about why they’ve attached certain negative concatenations to certain people.
Those are my thoughts for the moment. I’ll try and post more since a couple of people actually read this now . As always feel free to let me know what you think.