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    Economist Tyler Cowen on why it's not wrong to pay for sex


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Snark View Post

    Watch the whole debate (it's long but worth it)!
    Note the "It's wrong" side won (in the sense of changing more opinions, the end vote was about even).

    I must admit that I have heard before stats (even here on MERB?) about the proportion of women in sex work who were abused in their childhood. It would be disturbing to think this rate was high. I guess I just continue to hope that most girls fall into this for economic reasons and, while some may not be as fully aware as they might be, on the whole they are making what certainly appears to them to be a rational choice. I wonder how many would still feel it was a reasonable choice ex post. I think one problem is that the girls who are most likely to end up in studies are those who have suffered in this activity.

    The "It's wrong" side keeps saying that there "must be a double-standard" cause there are almost only male clients. They seem to ignore the fact that the main reason, it seems to me, is that women aren't willing to pay for sex in general. I think men would offer their services to women for money but that women aren't willing to pay because the physical act isn't what matters to them. The fact that most prostitutes are women isn't, IMO, any proof that there is sexual discrimination in the rest of the work force.


    Otherwise though the "it's wrong" side does make some very strong (and deeply felt) points.

    Personally, I think the way the question is phrased means that The "It's not wrong" side must be the winner because it's implicit in any generalisation that it can be contradicted by a single counterexample. Thus, if ever there has been a mutually beneficial and 100% satisfactory exchange of sex for money then it can't ALWAYS, NECESSARILY be wrong.
    Last edited by Dr Edgar Who; 07-24-2009 at 12:20 AM.
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    The "its wrong" side won because............................

    In Germany they first came for the Communists,
    and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Catholics,
    and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

    Then they came for me —
    and by that time no one was left to speak up.


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    There are many people that are on the "its OK side" that prefer not to give an opinion and not speak up.
    Last edited by GTA refugee; 07-24-2009 at 08:49 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Edgar Who View Post
    ...women aren't willing to pay for sex in general....
    Otherwise though the "it's wrong" side does make some very strong (and deeply felt) points.
    It's also a lot easier for even unattractive women to "pick up", so there's much less need for them to pay for sex.

    As to the other side's arguments I felt they were emotional, but of very poor quality. Like when they said that handicapped people would have no problem finding "normal" women to date!?! On what planet are these people from?


    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Edgar Who View Post
    if ever there has been a mutually beneficial and 100% satisfactory exchange of sex for money then it can't ALWAYS, NECESSARILY be wrong.
    This is a great point, it's too bad no one on the panel raised it.

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