Repeat after me: “Prostitution is NOT empowering!” Next time someone gives you that bullsh*t line tell them to up shut because prostitutes are forced, coerced, threatened, bribed, lied to, and sold into the sex trade. The few women(1%) who CHOOSE to sell their bodies for sex do it for MONEY, not empowerment. Women are not a weak and stupid gender, we can be just as greedy as any male. That said, men are the major buyers or JOHNS that support this crappy job/enslavement industry.
When I worked at the domestic violence and sexual assault resource center we trained about prostitution and sex slavery. They have become the same thing. Whether you talk about prostitution in the “good old”(eye roll) USA or some brothel in any so called “third world” (more eyes rolls) country, it sucks sweaty stinky balls.
Women may be the majority of prostitutes, but men can be victims (or survivors) as well. So I am not on some anti-male rant right now. It is not our nature to ‘buy sex’, but our nature to want and crave sex. Before you brush off sex trade as the worlds oldest profession(that’s a lie, it’s agriculture and the trade of food and supplies for survival and what does being a profession have anything to do with it being okay?) let’s look at the effects. Prostitution objectifies people as a product to be used and not humans with feelings and brains. It increases the spread of venereal disease, including that deadly one, AIDS/HIV. It encourages and promotes violence against women. It can lead to drug use, crime, and hatred towards the opposite gender. It helps cheaters cheat which breaks your little sisters/best friends heart. If none of that bothers you, why are you reading this?
Now it is time for some resources. Get your ass off the couch and GET INVOLVED with ending prostitution. But, what can I do? You can support these programs with TIME and ENERGY or donate money. You can tell your friends that jokes about prostitutes are not funny. You can use your voice to tell your government officials that YOU care about the problems prostitution cause.
Learn all that you can at The Coalition Against Trafficking In Women: http://www.catwinternational.org
Contact your government officials and tell them your concerns: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/
Get out of prostitution or help someone get out with these resources at WomensLaw, http://www.womenslaw.org/gethelp_national_type.php?type_id=1063
What bothers YOU most about prostitution?
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