Consent Of Prostitution

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One of the topic we discussed in our women and gender studies class is prostitution, which happens with both sexes but is filled with mainly women. Prostitution can be forced or it can be chosen. The two articles I am going to use in my essay are; “Getting Away With Hating It: Consent in the Consent of Sex Work” by Charlotte Shane and “Prostitute 'Nancy' Shares Her Story: 'You Can Lose Your Life If You're Out Here'” by Rachel Cook. Both articles contain real life accounts from actual prostitutes and the way they see their profession. I am going to use both in my argument that prostitution cannot be just like any other job and therefore should not be made legal or be legal where it is. “Getting Away With Hating It: Consent in the Consent of …show more content…
Before prostitution she was selling drugs but realized there was more money in prostitution. Through the interview she was referred to as Nancy because she didn’t want to reveal her identity in part because she didn’t want pimps to know she worked for herself. Even though she can get another job, she hasn’t because she doesn’t want to have to wait for pay. She got into prostitution because of a guy’s lies which happens often in this profession. The same guy beat her up which lead her to go out on her own. Nancy says being a prostitute on your own can be very dangerous. Even though her profession is illegal, when the cop bust her she gets a misdemeanor and is held for nineteen hours and then gets right back out there. Another reason for the fake name is because relatives don’t know her truth. From what Nancy has heard from other girls, most do not want to be there but have to be mostly because of their pimp. At first, the younger ones try to idealize prostitution and don’t really understand how unglamorous it actually is. Verbal and physical abuse does happen from onlookers and Nancy wishes they would try and understand that most are working for survival including herself …show more content…
Even though my opinion that it should stay illegal stayed the same afterwards I still think that. Starting with Shane, even though she states that she likes her profession throughout most of her article she goes over all bad things. Like how she doesn’t actually want to have sex with her client and is not given enthusiastic consent. She also mentions how emotional connection is asking to much because she is still a human being. While I completely agree that prostitutes are still human beings, I can’t help but feel that because they are being paid does make it ok for the client to ask of this. The client isn’t just paying for sex but for sex that will get them off and maybe that is what it takes. So the line is very blurry when it comes to this aspect which can bring on other issues. In Cook’s article, Nancy points out that most prostitutes are being forced in some way and I feel like legalizing it would only make it easier for bad people to force it. If it isn’t forced it can more than likely be a mean of survival for those lacking options which is pointed out in Cook. In both articles there was a shame mentioned which makes me feel like they really don’t want to be a prostitute even if they say otherwise. I think these are reasons why prostitution should never be legal and in my opinion we should work harder towards stopping

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