More than half the world’s countries now have legalized or semi-legalized prostitution. The sky appears to have fallen in, let’s see…none of them.
As everyone knows, the U.S.A. is not among these more permissive and enlightened nations (a few pockets in Nevada excepted), which puts us squarely in the company of China, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia — instead of in the group that comprises, say, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, etc. Fun, huh?
In the U.S., it’s legally OK to fuck for money if the sex is being filmed or photographed for dissemination — but money-for-sex when there’s no camera in sight, that’s the kind of filth up with which our Washington betters will not put. (Not that the law applies to our dear lawmakers, of course — otherwise many Congresscritters, from Barney Frank to David Vitter, would have found themselves behind bars. It’s both interesting and predictable that somehow the police and prosecutors never got around to paying them a visit.)
I see no compelling reasons for prostitution to be outlawed. No surprise, I guess, given that this blog was named after an eye-opening book called “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do.” The arguments for and against legal prostitution are advanced passionately in a current discussion over at the Volokh Conspiracy. Well worth a read.
Rogier is a Dutch-born, New-England-dwelling multi-media maven (OK, a writer and photographer) whose dead-tree publishing credits include the New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Reason.