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Prostitution and Pornography Are Not Victimless Crimes; They Are Slavery

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Posted on December 27 2010 10:00 am
A life-long conservative Reagan Girl and conservative feminist, Lisa holds a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. Lisa is a staunch, unapologetic, Christian supporter and defender of Israel, who considers herself a spiritual Jew. Lisa resides in CT with her family and assortment of rescued pets.

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Many people consider prostitution and pornography victimless crimes.  This excuse deems both as sanctioned or permitted sex between two consenting adults.  If this is true, why are many women and children trafficked and forced into sexual slavery?  Why are many prostitutes victims of violent physical abuse and murder by those they work for?  Further, if porn and prostitution are victimless crimes, why does the porn industry have an HIV/AIDS problem?

Those who view prostitution and porn as harmless sexual pleasure, say it’s no different than a man taking a woman out to dinner, spending the evening getting to know her as a potential girlfriend, and winding up in bed having sex. That is no different than paying a prostitute for the night?  Every excuse is used to reach as far as possible in order to unearth more ways to declare porn and prostitution harmless and victimless.

Many consider prostitution and porn non-criminal, yet decry America’s history of slavery.  What about sex slavery, which prostitution promotes?  What about human trafficking, the selling of women and children’s bodies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.   Despite evidence, some call the industry empowering to women. Unless, of course, hookers and female porn stars receive less pay then men. In November, Salon quoted radical feminist Amanda Marcotte as saying:

The idea behind the ‘porn is empowering!’ argument is that women who work in porn gain power in a pragmatic way, playing by men’s rules, and feminists should support this for pragmatic reasons, because at the end of the day, women have more real power. And that would be a legitimate argument if the women involved had more power at the end of the day. But what power do they have, exactly?  Joanna Krupa cites the big paychecks you get for nude modeling in Playboy, but since those paychecks stop coming when you’re a hag of 23 or so (or possibly younger), then it’s a false form of power.

Salon’s Kate Harding said Marcotte’s column proves that men, no matter their age, are paid better:

See, the underlying principle of feminism is equality.  As things stand here in the country that produces Playboy, women and men are not equal.  Men, for instance, are favored for all sorts of powerful, high-paying jobs, and often respected more as they get older and better at those jobs. Women, on the other hand, can sometimes make a bunch of money by taking off all their clothes when they’re young and most attractive to a large number of heterosexual men, but then they are less respected in that profession as they get older, no matter how much valuable information they’ve learned about posing naked by that point. Do you see the difference?

Do these “actual feminists” see the underlying danger of porn and prostitution?   Human trafficking is a billion dollar business inside the porn and prostitution industry.   Radical feminists angry over equal opportunity pay for porn stars should be screaming about the threat porn and prostitution poses—sex slavery, HIV, and murder. Harding does admit radical feminists have “arguments against porn” she says she did not mention in her column.  I wish Harding did.   Her colleague Tracy Clark-Flory did this week, exposing how Las Vegas pimps and clients have beaten, raped, and murdered many prostitutes, whose “bodies were chopped up…strangled, shot in the head by or ‘disappeared’ by their pimps.”  Feminists, be they conservative, liberal, Right or Left, must speak out about the dangers porn and prostitution creates.  Women must fight violence of every sort against women, taking a stand against porn,  prostitution, and the selling women and children as tools to be used until useless and disposed of through violent means—death.

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  1. December 27, 2010

    Hillary C. states that she will not run for president and focus on women and children. If she is really for women and children, she is in a position to help stop the porn, trafficking industry.
    Thanks for the article. Truth is powerful.

  2. December 27, 2010

    Happy New Year Lisa!

    A couple of observations I'd like to add that have really annoyed me over the years.

    Why does the media deify Hugh Hefner? Like he's some kind of "pioneer" for being the first guy to routinely post pictures of nude young women. The MSM fawns over this clown like he invented the female form.

    And as for "legitimizing" adult entertainment, I really loathe the double standard that is displayed when shows feature the male strippers (Oprah comes to mind) like it's somehow clean, harmless fun. But guys who go to a topless bar for a bachelor party are considered perverts.

    Yes I admit, I'm a man, and I adore women. But paying for the "mechanical act" is sickening, as is attempting to force or drug someone to have your way. But if Anne Hathaway threw herself on me (as likely to happen as "global warming") I'd have an interesting conversation with St. Peter (after my wife sent me his way!)

    • December 28, 2010

      No, Heffner is no hero, he's a glorified pimp who is convincing women that it is art to take off your cloths and pose naked for the world.

      Doing so for his magazine is considered to be such a great honor. What honor? It only contributes to the porn industry that is connected to human trafficking and that is slavery. Male strippers is neither harmless either, since boys are trafficked and forced to perform sex acts on sleazy adults. To glorify it as a wonderful thing for women to do at a party is insulting and ignoring what really goes on inside an industry of slavery and murder.

  3. December 27, 2010

    Prostitution is a specific act, rightfully governed by local or state legislation; pornography remains a judgment call, though still governable by the states under the Constitution.
    Whether or not the governed behaviors are associated with specific “victims” beyond the practitioners themselves or society as a whole misses the point.
    When the supreme court of the land can rule that sodomy is constitutionally protected behavior (as will be homosexual marriage be soon protected); and can ingrain the wanton disposal of unborn human beings (pornographic?) into the same constitution, then the petty, feminist concerns about prostitution and pornography are of little relevance.

    • December 28, 2010

      Abortion NJ is just as vile as porn and prostitution. Both involve murder. Both destroy the life of children.

      Just because porn and prostitution are legal in some places does not negate the fact it is the sex slavery industry inside of it that is trafficking humans, forcing them to perform sex acts, and then murdering them as I showed with all the links to stats proving just how dangerous the entire industry is. We should reject all vile inhumane things, not just some, or legitimize some, while we ignore others as a woman's right to her body. Not all women in the business are doing it out of rights. Those who are, are harming everyone.

  4. December 28, 2010

    Cliffy,

    So true. Heffner is treated as if he a former president who did something great for America, when in fact he simply has encouraged women to use their bodies for money. This in itself is not empowering at all to women, but sets us girls backward in time and looked at as sex objects. There is nothing great in one's saying she posed for Playboy. All she did was get paid to take her cloths off and not do anything intellectual.

  5. December 28, 2010

    NJ,

    You're wrong. Just because the Supreme Court rules on something and not another does not excuse the fact that the porn industry is a massive sex trafficking industry that uses women and children and then when done with them, murders them.

  6. December 28, 2010

    Thank you for taking the time to research and write this. If I understand you correctly, this in your opinion is less about what the laws are and more about the underlying morality of those laws. So NJ's comment about it being a states’ rights issue misses the larger point that as fellow human beings we should not do anything that supports this kind of vile behavior, right?
    Thank you Lisa for doing the research on this, I probably always knew this to be true, but you made me take off my blinders and confront a behavior that really is morally irredeemable.

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