Prostitution and Meth: A Tale of Two Crises

It looks like the world’s oldest profession continues to be attacked by the newest crop of do-gooder liberals. One example comes from an editorial in Al Jazeera where the author, one Simon Hedlin, asserts that the “Swedish model” is the best means of tackling sex trafficking/prostitution. Basically, the Swedish model decriminalizes the selling of sex – which lets the hookers off the hook – while penalizing buyers. I’m not really interested in delving into the whole debate over the morality of prostitution itself, as the late George Carlin said it far better than I ever could.

However, from a purely logical standpoint, such an argument is asinine, and can be illustrated by a simple thought experiment. Imagine that there’s a meth epidemic in Albuquerque, which is the epicenter of the drug trade in the American Southwest. Let’s also pretend that Walter White (ie. “Heisenberg”) from AMC’s Breaking Bad is in fact a real person. In response to the corrosive effects of the meth business, New Mexico’s governor enacts a new law called the Albuquerque Arrangement. Under this new law, emaciated meth heads are penalized for trying to get high, but the likes of Walter White are left alone.

I’m sure that concerned human rights activists would cry foul, insisting that there’s a significant difference between a kingpin such as Heisenberg and a desperate and exploited run-of-the-mill prostitute. For the sake of argument, I’ll concede such a point. In that case, the Swedish model applied to drugs would be akin to busting druggies while turning a blind eye to the activities of struggling street dealers. Either way, you can’t target demand while completely ignoring supply.

This is yet another example of the left absolving women of any and all responsibility. To hear them tell it, women involved in prostitution are exploited victims completely devoid of agency. Seldom do we hear about the enormous economic incentives for women to engage in the flesh trade. High-end escorts, for example, can make over a grand per hour. That’s right, in the weakest economy since the Great Depression (the so-called “recovery” notwithstanding), a woman can make more money than the overwhelming majority of the population just by being sexually available. I’ll grant you that she is being objectified, but exploited? Certainly not. Sure, not all prostitutes are equal – just like not all drug dealers are equal. Yet the financial allure of both professions is enough to entice many people to take up those respective trades.

At the end of the day, feminists, SJWs, and even many liberals want to make having a vagina tantamount to diplomatic immunity. Somehow, I don’t think that such immunity will be afforded to various street dealers.

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3 Responses to Prostitution and Meth: A Tale of Two Crises

  1. Quartermain says:

    Many strippers make more money a night than most shlubs make in a week. In SJW eyes, the shlubs are exploiters and the strippers are exploited. Who is exploiting who, and is my concern on account that the shlubs and the strippers volunteer themselves for it? A thin hazy there. What use to be called titty bars are now called gentlemen clubs. (The only politically correct use of the word gentleman, I’m sure)

    In reference to the meth business, the modern school system plays a part. Giving “problem” kids Ritalin is not much different and threatening parents with lawsuits even jail sounds worse to me. Can you imagine Heisenberg having the legal right & power to sue people in order to get them to buy and use his product? I wonder how many kids on Ritalin become future meth heads.

    That’s my short rant for the day.

    • Bay Area Guy says:

      Nothing wrong with a little ranting here and there, and you make some excellent points.

      Many strippers make more money a night than most shlubs make in a week. In SJW eyes, the shlubs are exploiters and the strippers are exploited.

      I actually once got into a debate with an Asian girl – not an SJW, but with some feminist leanings – in my college social circle over the issue of prostitution. She insisted that prostitutes are horribly exploited and that sex work is degrading.

      In response, I countered by saying that most work is even more degrading; just observe any fast food, retail, or other low-wage service job – the main category of jobs that the so-called “recovery” has created. Back in the day, I worked such jobs just to get some spending money. Every time I worked, I felt like a little part of me died inside. Between having to put on fake smiles, accommodate unreasonable customer demands (because the “customer is always right”), and getting bossed around by different managers, I can confidently say that prostitutes do not have a monopoly on degrading work. I can only imagine what it’s like for the unfortunate souls who work such shitty jobs for their entire lives.

      At least strippers and escorts get generous compensation for their degrading work. They don’t have to count dollars and worry about making rent on top of enduring humiliation.

    • Bay Area Guy says:

      Re: Ritalin

      I consider Ritalin an abomination. It’s just another manifestation of our overly feminized schools. Women have always been overrepresented among the ranks of teachers in American society (as documented by Richard Hofstadter), but they used to let boys be boys. Thanks to feminism, however, they’ve now remade schools to cater to female sensibilities.

      They don’t like energetic men, so they dope them up with Ritalin in order to make them more docile and obedient.

      So much for “male privilege.”

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