Interesting article

Community Leader
Registered: 05-23-2003
Interesting article
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Wed, 07-27-2011 - 6:53pm

There was an interesting article in Newsweek recently about a new study done dealing with prositution and other related issues - here's a link to the article:

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/07/17/the-growing-demand-for-prostitution.html

It said that the people who were doing the study had to loosen their criteria in order to get a 100 person control group, because they could find so few men who met the criteria as a "non-user".

Powerful article.

Kim

    

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Wed, 07-27-2011 - 7:32pm
Wow. A lot of that just made me sad, especially the parts about trafficking minors and how young these girls start sleeping with men.

I never thought about strip clubs as being prostitution. I think there has to be an exchange of sex for me to define it that way. I have been to a strip club (a friend begged me) and it wasn't all that exciting. Here, women aren't able to remove much and they can't serve alcohol, so it's basically what you'd see on a beach. That hardly compares to what goes on on the streets.
Community Leader
Registered: 05-23-2003
Wed, 07-27-2011 - 8:47pm
Yes, it had the same effect on me as well. So sad, and chilling really.

I was happy to read that some police departments are trying to do things differently. I've always felt it was strange that there were far more arrests of the prostitutes rather than the johns. It always seemed like the girls were punished twice.

Kim

    

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-06-2007
Thu, 07-28-2011 - 4:00am

Very interesting article. I was disappointed, however, that the authors (or researchers, I'm not sure which) chose to jumble up phone sex, pornography, strip clubs and prostitution into one big pot and then report the statistics as if it were all the same level of exploitation. I think there are huge differences. I also thought this paragraph was interesting:

Although sex buyers saw prostitution as consensual, other men acknowledged that more complex economic and emotional factors influence the “choice” to prostitute oneself. “You can see that life circumstances have kind of forced her into that,” said one nonbuyer in the study. “It’s like someone jumping from a burning building—you could say they made their choice to jump, but you could also say they had no choice.”

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2009
Thu, 07-28-2011 - 6:52am
The article was a hatchet job.........So many different things were conflated into one mass so that it applies to almost all men........for the purpose of labeling men as a group "defective". Same as if you labeled all women who eat salad as profiteers on the backs of the slave-like labor of lettuce pickers.
Community Leader
Registered: 07-07-2008
Thu, 07-28-2011 - 7:52pm
It's an interesting article, but I agree that they put too many things into one study. They talked about people buying sex and mention a growing demand on prostitution, but then they say that buying sex also includes using porn or going to a strip club, neither of which I consider prostitution. That makes it hard to really believe some of the numbers they came up with. Sure, there are probably a lot of people that watch porn, but not all of them are going to be visiting prostitutes.
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-06-2007
Thu, 07-28-2011 - 11:37pm

One other thought about this article:

If women who become stars in Playboy make millions of dollars and are less "broken" than the millions of 16- to 30-year-old men who buy the magazine, who is exploiting whom? For every sad story from women who feel exploited by the sex industry for sex, how many sad stories are there from men who feel exploited by it for money? Are men less vulnerable?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Fri, 07-29-2011 - 12:56pm
I don't necessarily see women who pose for playboy as being exploited because they aren't being forced into it at a young age. I'm sure there are some women who feel like their bodies are all they have to offer, but I think the majority of them choose that lifestyle because they enjoy it. The men who buy those magazines or any kind of porn are also consciously making that choice. No exploitation there either.

I'm most saddened and disturbed by the young girls (and boys) who are brought into it at a young age, are beaten and threatened regularly, and who risk their life daily while doing their job. They are the ones who need help.

I think there is a huge difference between the "public" sex industry (magazines, videos, strip clubs) and the "private" sex industry, which I consider to be true prostitution and where the true exploitation takes place.
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Community Leader
Registered: 01-25-2010
Fri, 07-29-2011 - 6:10pm

The real answer is to legilize most forms of prostitution.

dragowoman

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-06-2007
Sat, 07-30-2011 - 12:49am
shywon wrote:
The men who buy those magazines [Playboy]
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-21-2004
Sat, 07-30-2011 - 6:52am

One doesn’t have to be forced into something to be exploited. You can be nicely paid for work rendered and still be exploited in the process.

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