Black People : Prostitution: A Career Choice?

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  1. NNQueen

    NNQueen going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Sen. Hillary Clinton is said to be in favor of legalizing prostitution as a continuation and extension of her belief that women should have the legal right to control their own bodies.

    Here's an interesting perspective written from a White man, Christian point of view: http://www.breakpoint.org/Breakpoin...tCommentaries/A+Job+No+Woman+Would+Choose.htm

    Black Women, Racism, Sexism and Prostitution: Even here, different treatment
    http://www.bayswan.org/Racism.html

    Prostitution and the Sex Trade: Is it really another version of rape?
    http://www.rapeis.org/discussion/dsexwork.html

    Is this an issue that Blacks should be concerned about?

    Is prostitution harmful to our community?

    Was "Superfly" an exploitation film that should have been (or be) protested against?

    Recently HBO ran a "documentary" on pimps and prostitutes: "American Pimp." It was reported as a business venture. Is prostitution a profession that should be treated like any other?
     
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    Nfant_De_Milieu Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Women already have control of their own body. This is another bad product of the so called "2000 woman" or "Independent woman". Women want too much, know your role and play your part. If Hillary actuallys pushes for prostitution to be legal I bet she will win the presidency as a result of it. A lot of guys would love this.

    Of course African Americans should worry about this, everyone should. There will be an explosion of teenage pregnancies. A lot of girls from low income families will probably be 'tricking' to get money to live the life they see on Mtv cribs. The divorce rate will probably go down to from like 50% to like 2% because men will not want to get married. Men will not have to worry about getting divorce and the ex taken half. No more having to take a woman out and other courting things, just pay a hooker for some quick tail. It is absurd to put a price on a woman's intimacy.

    One problem was the glorification of movies like "Super Fly".
     
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    Yes, it is extremely harmful to our community.

    Nfant_De_Milieu is correct in stating that some men will prefer the quick thing to the work of a relationship, especially if it is drama-filled.

    What is the general feminist view on this issue?
     
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    Some women are already practicing legalized prostitution. If they have a child by a man and no longer married or in a relationship with him, they continually try to take from him for the rest of his life even when he is adequately taking care of his children.

    If a man tries to better himself and earn more money for his children's future, the woman takes him back to court for more and more child support. They feel he has to pay forever for the sex he got...
     
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    Nfant... imho, you paint a perception that men are very shallow beings in your statement:
    I hope you're not saying that the only reason men get married is for sex. People having affairs are not necessarily having them with prostitutes, so paying a hooker for some quick tail (legally or in it's current state) will probably have no effect on the divorce rate and the reason people are getting divorce. If prostitution was legal today, would you seek the favors of a prostitute? If not, why?
     
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    yes this hurts the community in whole if street hooker
    is to be and men will run to pay for a cheap thrill
    it will rob our men from homes & love one
    and we would be in trouble coz the spread of sex which many
    will do unprotected means a breakout of something most care
    not to have .....women been in control of their bodies long ago
    this also send a message to our young furture one that it's a
    job to get fast cash and that's to give some u know !
    this strips many of early lost virginity
    prostitution should be outlawed !
     
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    Queenie ... this is a great topic Sister, thanks for presenting it.

    While it hurts my heart, pains my soul, that so many of our Sisters have reached a point that they are willing to sell their bodies, it is a fact and happening every day. Our Sisters are "working" in dangerous conditions, putting themselves at very high risk for all kinds of devastating consequences. Some don't even realize any financial gain because there are pimps that take the money.

    I too saw the documentary on HBO and couldn't help but notice how much more safe and clean it was for those who chose this career by working in Nevada where prostitution is legal. Even though there was still the pimp, the ladies did receive financial gain, medical care, etc., for their hours worked.

    Is it an issue that Blacks should be concerned with? Of course. Any time Sisters have reached this mental, spiritual, physical, emotional low, that for a few dollars anyone can enter their bodies, we should be very concerned. Some Sisters are doing this to meet the basic needs of their families, to support ongoing drug habits, wallowing in the very bottom of life's existence, reacting to deeper issues not being addressed ... prostitution is only a symptom ... and we should want to know the root cause of women going this way, so we can remedy it. While there may be some Sisters that do it because they love the job, i can't imagine it's the majority.

    Should it be legal? I've heard it is the oldest profession, therefore, making it legal would provide some long overdue standardizations already provided to other professions. Making it legal would bring it out of the dark alleys where many of our Sisters perform this task.

    It's been suggested in some of these posts that making it legal would only encourage young women to do this. Look all around us, young women are already encouraged to engage in sexual activity via movies, television, songs, books, commercials, clothes, the Internet, everywhere you look. Everything reeks of the sale of sex. If you want to be guaranteed the "cha-ching," you better add some sex to whatever you are selling. It's legal for everyone to sell a woman's sex, except the woman. If we cared about the chastity of our young women, we'd not allow corporate america to bombard her all day with how well her sex sells and how lucrative it is for her to look, act, and play the part. We allow females to be taken all the way to "the line," until she's teetering over it, then admonish her if she crosses it??! We can't have it both ways.

    I admire Senator Clinton for taking a stand on this issue. It's much like the abortion issue. While one hopes they never need it, it's a good thing it's there. With abortion standards in place, a female is no longer subjected to the back alley deaths of times gone by. With prostitution, the back alley deaths are still occurring and all too often, it is our poor, young, uneducated, Black Sisters that are dying.

    :heart:

    Destee
     
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    Legalize It.

    The legalization of prostitution would be actually a good thing and not a bad one. Pimps could no longer be abusive, women who prostitute will not be getting pregnacy by accident, and they wouldn't be subjected to STDs. Things will not be like people think, because once it is legal, it will have to be come well-organized because it will become a multi-million dollar industry just like porn. As a fact the same women you see in porn will become your high-class prostitutes. Prostitution will still be looked down upon by many people, just like sex, and it will be tried to be keep on the low, but I don't think it will have any effect overall on society. Sluts will be sluts. I don't think this is a serious issue to worry about, accept for prostitutes, pimps, and business men.
     
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    Well with it being regulated to some degree and the supply of customers for the illicit prostitution will go down and the prostitutes will be MORE protected and even a little more respected that law enforcement and the judiciary will take all complaints from prostitutes in a more serious fashion. For all religious and moralists-did you know that a prostitute and madam is in the lineage of the house of David or Jesus's human lineage-Rahab? And it was not sex with Delilah that sapped Samson's strength-it was intimacy. Look in the Bible-Samson was a judge and in an incident -Samson got up OFF a prostitute and SLEW many Philistines? Hey, prostitutes should not be looked down upon nore than a doctor or a psychologist.
     
  10. NNQueen

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    Interesting point of view

    yaphet, Destee...your perspectives are among the 'minority' when it comes to how prostitution is looked at. Here's another interesting commentary I thought you'd like to consider...

    "Legalization of Prostitution" . . . (the oldest profession legitimized)

    http://www.liberator.net/articles/prostitution.html

    Is this really a moral issue and if so, why? If not, should it be?
     
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