Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's a woman's right to choose, kinda???


If asked, most of us would say we support the right for women to do what they want with their bodies.  In fact, it’s pretty much a no brainer, wouldn’t you say?  I’m assuming most women would be offended if someone had the audacity to make demands on what a woman should or shouldn’t do.  From vaginal probing to Roe v. Wade, women’s issues – well, at least abortion issues – have been just behind the economy as a campaign issue.  We’re not going to agree on the issues in this election; it’s probably a safe bet to assume that this topic will likely continue for many elections to come.  But who are we kidding?  This argument isn’t about the right of a woman to choose what she wants to do with her body; no, it is about making political statements.  Your position on this issue is more about your political ideology and less about your views on a woman’s decision-making ability. 

You either support a woman’s right to an abortion or you don’t, right?  What about – oh I don’t know – a woman’s right to pose nude?  Do you support her right to do porn?  Do you support her right to sleep with whom she wants when she wants or?  Most of you would say yes.  You’d support her right to make that decision even if you disagreed with it.  But what if I asked you if she had the right to collect a fee for sleeping with someone???  WHAT???  The AU.DAC.IT.Y!!!  How DARE this woman sleep with a man and take money for it.  How DARE she make a decision to do that with her own body?  Someone needs to step in and stop this tragedy RIGHT NOW!!!  Where is BIG government when you need them!
Apparently, they are in Maine. 


Before we move forward, let’s be clear: today, it is en vogue to conflate of human trafficking and prostitution.  However, they are NOT the same thing.  Human trafficking involves kidnapping a person and forcing them into slavery to give up their body with NO choice in the matter.  Prostitution involves grown women making grown decisions about what to do with their own bodies – is it not? 

Take the latest case to make (national news): Alexis Wright, a 29 year old woman, who – from what I’m learning – hasn’t been kidnapped from a foreign country and isn’t under the mind control of a pimp (or the Albanian mafia).  Instead, she is a grown woman, with a paying job, who decided to provide extra… “benefits”… for those who paid for it.  Disgusting as it may be to some of you, why does she not have the right to make this decision for herself?  If she did this free of charge, this wouldn’t even be a story.  She would just be talked about as the town hussy.  Or, ironically speaking, if she decided to get a porn permit and did EVERYTHING exactly the same but add a camera, she’d be called an artist and her actions would be protected by free speech.  Why aren’t we defending her right to make this choice for herself?

Why is sex so taboo in this country?  We spend MILLIONS pushing sex education and the “right” or “pure” way to have sex; however, turn around and spend BILLIONS on engaging in the very things we shun. 
This is not a call for anarchy or for reckless living, but it is a call for consistency.  If the liberal left is truly accepting, then shouldn’t they be accepting?  If they are ardent supporters of an individual’s rights, should they be fighting for Alexis Wright’s rights?  Shouldn’t they be fighting instead of remaining silent? 

I’ve heard the arguments against legal prostitution (the leading being human trafficking) the other involve the “concern” for all the back-alley violence and the “inherently demeaning” nature of it all.  Well, except for Nevada, of course.  Because – you know – geography is a determining factor in what is and isn’t… demeaning (and back-alley-ing). 


So my question, where does the support for a woman’s right to choose stop and your disapproval of what she does with her “rights” start?  There is some ground being made towards busting through taboos; how many women have joined the new constitutional frontier: of going topless (NSFW)?
Thoughts?


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