Prostitution: The Evolution of the World’s Oldest Profession Prostitution, by Miriam-Webster’s Dictionary, is clearly defined as the act of having sex in exchange for money. It is also the oldest profession in our civilization that still exists in today’s society with no end in sight. Perceptions and opinions of prostitution have changed dramatically from one extreme to another over the decades and even centuries. What was once accepted as a common if not glorified profession has slowly degenerated into one that is generally scoffed at today because women’s rights and equality have increased. Yet many women still belong to this profession, some by choice, and unfortunately many others by force. Prostitution has been a contributing factor to more serious issues that plague society such as human and sex trafficking, especially with underage females. Sex workers have been associated with sexually abusive childhoods, various forms of exploitation, drug and alcohol abuse among other negative connotations. So one would think that the natural way to combat the issue of prostitution as a whole is to criminalize it entirely, making it illegal to buy or sell sex as a service the same way it is with illegal drugs like cocaine or heroin right? Wrong. As prostitution evolves, so should government, law enforcement, and society’s methods of controlling it. Because prostitution will always exist, abolishing is near impossible. With a better understanding of prostitution from society, the evolution of the laws and enforcement surrounding it, and the need to socially develop sex workers who wish to remain in or exit their way of life, this world can truly co-exist with Canadian culture. In general, society has a particular perception of prostitution that is rather skewed and uneducated. The way that prostitution is depicted on television typically garners a negative reaction from people as it encompasses mostly street walkers dressed in scantily clad attire whilst a potential buyer or “john” approaches, usually by vehicle, to purchase sexual services. At times, although rarely, does television depict the use of higher class escorts, through agencies or privately via the internet, to convey a plot device about prostitution as it is not as blatantly obvious as the aforementioned street walker example. Society mostly believes that prostitution consists mainly of negative attributes and experiences for women. A 2002 study sampled a group of individuals arrested for soliciting sex from sex workers and it was found that “57% of their sample believed prostitution is dangerous, 45% believed that most prostitutes have a drug problem, 37% believed prostitutes are forced by pimps to engage in prostitution, and 29% believed most prostitutes enjoy what they do” (Morton, Klein, & Gorzalka, 2012, pg. 232). If potential buyers believe these types of statistics then imagine a conservative citizen’s view on prostitution. The lack of acceptance of prostitution as a legitimate profession, although at times understandable, is an albatross for the sex workers that goes far beyond reputation and self-esteem. The more prostitution is rejected, the more it is driven into the underbelly of society effectively making it a more dangerous life. This concept makes it extremely difficult for sex workers desiring to leave the profession to seek help. For sex workers who choose to remain because they entered the field of their own volition are afraid to seek out the same medical and social services that citizens on social assistance or who are unemployed have the benefit of receiving. In 2004, an advocate of prostitution awareness by the name of Dawn Hodgins stated “having lived within the trade myself for over a decade and having talked with hundreds of women formerly and currently involved in “the life”, I have heard countless stories of judgmental bedside manners by members of the medical profession. The bottom line is that many women across the country would like to
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Dec. 16, 2011
Have you ever wandered why our government is in debt by so much? Have you thought to yourself that it needs to be fixed before something really bad happens in America? How about what caused this ginormous debt? I have the answers to your questions. Our government has made some wrong turns and passed some bad laws to make this happen.
The reason why this debt even started in America is because, like people, the government…
Catherine Pritchard Childress
My mother was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease twenty- three years ago during a routine ultrasound while she was pregnant with me. Polycystic Kidney Disease, also known as PKD, is a genetic disorder that consists of numerous cysts in the kidneys that eventually causes the kidneys to fail. A person without PKD has kidneys that are about the size of a fist. My mother’s kidneys are the size of footballs…
What would happen if the famous African American have a national holiday? In an article says that Richard Allen, A famous African American should have a National Holiday. In my opinion I think he should have the National Holiday. If he doesn’t have it, it will be unfair because he helped a lot in the community, so I agree with the idea for the following reasons (A) He founded the African Methodist Episcopal (AME), (B) He was a minister, educator and writer, (C) He opened the…
22 October 2014
Growing up in a single parent family has been viewed different for many years. It seems that being raised by one parent is impossible to many, over decades it has become usual. Today’s society children have grown to become emotionally stable and successful even if they had one or two parents to show them a rocky road. The problem lies in the difference of children raised by both mother and father versus by single parents. Do children…
Samantha Landry March 24,
Language Arts 3, 7Pre
Did you know that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States?
The risk of dying from cigarettes has increased for both men and women over the last fifty years
in the United States. Smokers have a greater chance than non smokers to develop lung cancer…
Persuasive Essay: Should recycling be mandatory?
Recycling has come a long way to help protect our environment. Although many people don’t recycle, they should. I believe recycling should be mandatory, because it would keep our community cleaner, we could reuse instead of use more limited resources, and it would help our environment as a whole. Recycling is very important, and if we work together, it could change many circumstances with trash.
Recycling has already helped…
English Persuasive Essay
My generation may seem incredibly stupid and narcissistic but not everyone is like that. I understand why people don’t have faith in us; it’s probably because of the majority of us that have our nose in our phone or a camera always pointing at us. But some of us actually act like members of society unlike others that have our head in “the cloud.”
I feel like if people knew that a majority doesn’t make a whole they’d understand us. But hey, a lot of us…
Persuasive Essay Final Draft
Free Daycare in Colleges for any Students
Having a free daycare for any students in colleges, it has been a recent issue to debate. Also there are people that are in favor and against to have free daycare in colleges. Free daycare will bring benefits for students or people who work in colleges.
Students that are in favor to have free day care will not to be worried about the care of their children. Professional and skilled workers…
ELL152 ELL152 Effective Written Communication
Lecture TEN: Topic 8a Part 1: Critical Analysis: i 8 Cii l l i Persuasive Texts Persuasive Texts
Language strand Language strand
Review of the text types presented in the previous topics the previous topics
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Purpose Organising & classifying information Recording what has occurred
Text type Information Report Chronicle
i) ii) iii) iv) v)
Personal recount; Autobiographical recount;…
November 11, 2013
Crucible Persuasive Essay
How many people in history have sacrificed themselves for their beliefs? How many of those people have seen what they stood for be put into action? Disregarding those who commit suicide to willfully hurt others, sacrificing oneself or risking one’s life for a strong belief is something respectable. Sacrificing oneself shows one’s willingness to stand by their belief through thick and thin. It…