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Thread: The Mainstream Alternative

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    Smile The Mainstream Alternative

    Have been thinking about the mainstream alternative for a long time - pre board days. A recent thread - Ottawa persecution.......... brought things in focus so I will outline what I see as the mainstream alternative.

    Members are welcome to define other alternatives such a legalization, de-criminalization, etc as they wish. Such definitions will not change what I see as the mainstream alternative. For this thread I will limit consideration to North America.

    The mainstream alternative. In North America a number of common everyday activities or professions were historically considered folly or viewed as wasteful. Professional or amateur athletics fit this description into the 1920's.Athletes were viewed as grown-up children, indulging themselves before getting on with their life's work. Likewise the theater or acting. In general activities that did not produce a tangible product were frowned upon

    Another example would be Playboy. Prior to 1954 you had various "wink , nod" girlie magazines. Playboy showed that an interest in sex was a normal and healthy activity that had a commonality with all stratas of society.

    Today, less than a century later, professional athletes are highly regarded, generating billions for themselves and related businesses and partners.

    Lindalee Tracey -

    and to an extent Xaviera Hollander showed that becoming part of the mainstream of North American society was possible.

    Were they the exceptions or were they trailblazers?

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    Join Date
    May 2004
    Never the safest place
    I'm not sure I understand your point.
    It's not an "alternative" to decriminalization. I don't think the sex workers advocating decriminalization are primarily after a higher level of societal prestige. What I think they want is to be able to work in a more safe and legal manner than allowed by the present laws. I don't see how that relates to athletes or actors 100 years ago. The sports and entertainment businesses were not illegal.

    New Zealand decriminalized the business a little over five years ago, and would probably the most relevant example for Canada to follow.

    I've never been there and I suppose it's possible that sex work may be thought of as a slightly more acceptable profession there, but I doubt it's really that much different in this regard.

    I would agree decriminalization is unlikely to occur here until the general public has a better understanding of the present situation. The media seem to be stuck 30 or 40 years in the past, unwilling to acknowledge the obvious reality that large cities have thousands of women earning their living as sex workers, who are not handcuffed to radiators or homeless crack addicts on a street corner in the bad part of town.
    Last edited by HaywoodJabloemy; 11-06-2008 at 12:26 PM.

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