Obviously this topic is very interesting for me. I wonder how the Netherlands should be viewed by other countries interested in changing how they deal with prostitution. Is there a way to improve upon this model so that other countries can regulate prostitution for the improvement of safety, health and social services? Or is it better to maintain prostitution as an illegal occupation but only prosecute the pimps and traffickers? I don’t have the answer.]]>
But as I read this post and started to consider my position more seriously, I began to see problems with my reasoning. First, it follows from the above philosophy that selling one’s body is like selling any commodity. It allows for the idea that a woman’s body and sexual favor can be bought and owned. I see these notions of objectification as fundamental to women’s inferiority. No matter how you spin it as empowering women to have control over their body, you can’t escape the fact that that control can be bought if the price is right and while I try (and mostly fail) to be practical rather than idealistic, I see no way of overcoming such injustice without enforcing what should be normal and everyday rather than idealistic: that women are human beings, not objects of sex.
Second, it presumes that sex work can be effectively monitored and its workers protected. The whole reasoning behind legalization is to eliminate safety concerns for women working as prostitutes and furthermore to help to eliminate illegal trafficking. However, from what was said in your post, neither of those goals are being achieved. Trafficking has increased and likely along with it more human rights abuse and more infringement on women’s choices. So, it seems to me that the legalization of prostitution is an ineffective means for fighting against social and practical subordination of women. So this leaves us with the question, if we can’t monitor a legal system, can we hope to monitor and illegal one?]]>