While prostitution, the oldest profession in the world, is legal in some areas of Nevada, for the most part it’s outlawed in the United States. Even though there is often a libertarian argument made that prostitution only affects those in the private transaction between consenting parties, is that something that we really want unleashed on society?
If you were to ask the editors of Teen Vogue, a publication directed at, well, teenagers, the answer is an empathic “yes.”
The magazine recently published an article written by a medical professional in which she advocates for legalizing sex work, calling jumping into bed with a stranger for cash a legitimate career path.
The article says:
This situation in Amsterdam, and the continued criminalization of sex workers around the world, is yet another example of how we disregard the needs and opinions of the people most impacted by policies. But even more so, it’s another example of how we misunderstand what sex work actually is. I am a doctor, an expert in sexual health, but when you think about it, aren’t I a sex worker? And in some ways, aren’t we all?
The doctor goes on to say:
The clients who seek sex workers vary, and they’re not just men. The idea of purchasing intimacy and paying for the services can be affirming for many people who need human connection, friendship, and emotional support. Some people may have fantasies and kink preferences that they are able to fulfill with the services of a sex worker.
She then says:
I find it interesting that as a medical doctor, I exchange payment in the form of money with people to provide them with advice and treatment for sex-related problems; therapy for sexual performance, counseling and therapy for relationship problems, and treatment of sexually transmitted infection. Isn’t this basically sex work?
She finally ends her article by appealing to women’s rights:
Further, the impact of continued criminalization of the majority of sex workers, most of whom are cisgender women and transgender women, mean that sex worker rights are a feminist issue. If you support women’s rights, I urge you to support the global demand for sex work decriminalization, and fund evidence and rights-based intersectional programs aimed at sex workers and their clients.
No matter how you may feel about this subject of legalizing prostitution, how is something like this appropriate to include in a publication directed at teens?
Read the full article here.