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101. Yes, and it should be regulated and worker protections enforced.
I don't have high hopes for the latter, mind you, in an environment where countless workers in other types of jobs die unnecessarily because of greed and deregulation (think: West Virginia coal miners, Gulf Coast oil-rig workers).

But I really don't believe that sex has some nebulous woo-woo quality that makes it somehow different from all other human activities as far as paid services go; much less one that somehow "inherently" degrades people who do it for money.

Hell, I think listening to someone's problems at great length is something admirable that people who care for each other do, ideally--but that doesn't mean that therapists are somehow "degraded," nor are the people who pay them for their listening/advising services.
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  -Should sex work be legal? Stinky The Clown  Sep-05-10 06:14 AM   #0 
  - Yes. n/t  eShirl   Sep-05-10 06:15 AM   #1 
  - if it's work, it should be illegal. sex is supposed to be a pleasure.  Hannah Bell   Sep-05-10 06:16 AM   #2 
  - No snark/honest question:  Stinky The Clown   Sep-05-10 06:24 AM   #7 
  - Selling or auctioning off your kidney.  Dr. Strange   Sep-05-10 09:16 AM   #42 
  - all forms of cooking food qualifies...  NuttyFluffers   Sep-05-10 11:08 AM   #68 
  - Then you wouldn't want to be a sex worker. But that's not the question.  Sparkly   Sep-05-10 10:19 AM   #53 
  - The same could be said of reading.  Heidi   Sep-05-10 10:36 AM   #56 
  - lol. i didn't realize that stating my opinion = "deciding for others".  Hannah Bell   Sep-05-10 06:25 PM   #91 
  - Actually, you're making a great point ... life is about pleasure ...  defendandprotect   Sep-06-10 02:19 AM   #113 
  - This Is A Tough One  DemocratSinceBirth   Sep-05-10 06:17 AM   # 
  - That gets into the implementation  Stinky The Clown   Sep-05-10 06:21 AM   #5 
  - I feel the same way about health insurance companies. n/t  MindPilot   Sep-05-10 09:08 AM   #41 
  - Sure, if men get to be treated as subhuman sex toys for a few centuries.  gophates   Sep-05-10 06:17 AM   #3 
  - Absolutley  Dead_Parrot   Sep-05-10 06:19 AM   #4 
  - Yes, as long as there is no exploitation, etc. It goes on anyway, legal or not, so  RKP5637   Sep-05-10 06:23 AM   #6 
  - Why not? I worked as a prostitute for more than 30 years....  Scuba   Sep-05-10 06:29 AM   #8 
  - Reminds me of my favorite saying about my line of work  lapfog_1   Sep-05-10 07:02 AM   #13 
     - Good one to drop on my techie friends. Thanks.  Scuba   Sep-05-10 07:55 AM   #26 
     - Yep!!! LOL n/t  RKP5637   Sep-05-10 10:30 AM   #55 
     - One of my friends in hi-tech said about where we were working then, "you know, we're like a bunch of  RKP5637   Sep-05-10 10:38 AM   #57 
  - Anything between consenting adults should be legal.  hobbit709   Sep-05-10 06:30 AM   #9 
  - in a perfect world, where it wasn't generally a result of desperation  anarch   Sep-05-10 06:33 AM   #10 
  - Yes. Making it illegal just causes problems, exactly like drug use.  ixion   Sep-05-10 06:34 AM   #11 
  - If one wants to get rid of the abuses in the sex trade - then yes. Nt  xchrom   Sep-05-10 06:46 AM   #12 
  - Absolutely  NNN0LHI   Sep-05-10 07:11 AM   #14 
  - Yes...nt  SidDithers   Sep-05-10 07:13 AM   #15 
  - If making it illegal made it less common I'd say "No"  Recursion   Sep-05-10 07:15 AM   #16 
  - Yes, but there are too many interests that will fight it to be legitimized.  no_hypocrisy   Sep-05-10 07:22 AM   #17 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Sep-05-10 07:24 AM   #18 
  - Sounds like an insurance company I used to work for. nt  Dead_Parrot   Sep-05-10 08:31 AM   #36 
  - 'cause that is not happening now?  Warren Stupidity   Sep-05-10 09:43 AM   #47 
  - How is your scenario different from what happens now?  Sparkly   Sep-05-10 10:17 AM   #52 
  - History points in another direction.  johnroshan   Sep-05-10 11:10 AM   #69 
  - Do you also want to make politics, banking and preachin' illegal? (nt)  Heidi   Sep-05-10 10:39 AM   #58 
  - If sex work was legal and regulated, this wouldn't happen  LostinVA   Sep-05-10 10:55 AM   #63 
  - Sounds like any work these days  Morning Dew   Sep-05-10 11:40 AM   #72 
  - For anyone interested, here's a rundown of the NZ laws (it's legal here):  Dead_Parrot   Sep-05-10 07:25 AM   #19 
  - Are you in NZ earthquake territory?  rocktivity   Sep-05-10 05:03 PM   #89 
     - It's ALL earthquake territory  Dead_Parrot   Sep-05-10 06:33 PM   #92 
  - It already is, sort of - just say you are making a porn :) (nt)  The Straight Story   Sep-05-10 07:33 AM   #20 
  - Would you want this to become the default minimum wage job  ThomCat   Sep-05-10 07:37 AM   #21 
  - It's legal in holland, and this is not the case  comtec   Sep-05-10 07:49 AM   #24 
  - In holland, the majority of prostitutes are foreigners.  ThomCat   Sep-05-10 07:56 AM   #27 
  - So not the default job for school leavers, then  Dead_Parrot   Sep-05-10 08:07 AM   #30 
     - The economy there hasn't destroyed the job market  ThomCat   Sep-05-10 08:12 AM   #31 
        - Do you have the equivalent Dutch stats? nt  Dead_Parrot   Sep-05-10 08:23 AM   #33 
  - Really?  proteus_lives   Sep-05-10 10:30 AM   #54 
  - Didn't happen in NZ  Dead_Parrot   Sep-05-10 08:03 AM   #28 
  - I wonder if people though the same thing about porn.  ThomCat   Sep-05-10 08:14 AM   #32 
     - As I said, it didn't in NZ  Dead_Parrot   Sep-05-10 08:30 AM   #35 
     - There's nothing wrong with porn  potassiumnitrate   Sep-05-10 08:32 AM   #37 
  - Two words: Consenting Adults.  Sparkly   Sep-05-10 10:06 AM   #49 
  - Porn didn't explode because of the Internet. The Internet exploded because of porn .  Gidney N Cloyd   Sep-05-10 10:50 AM   #61 
  - What is the basis for your predictions?  USArmyParatrooper   Sep-05-10 02:50 PM   #78 
  - IMO, that would be the only effective way to regulate it  eridani   Sep-05-10 07:38 AM   #22 
  - Yes because it will reduce harm, but not nearly as much as many people hope for  aikoaiko   Sep-05-10 07:39 AM   #23 
  - After a lot of research  safeinOhio   Sep-05-10 07:49 AM   #25 
  - Yes, but regulate it for age, coercion, health, & benefits. (nt)  philly_bob   Sep-05-10 08:06 AM   #29 
  - Yes.  potassiumnitrate   Sep-05-10 08:24 AM   #34 
  - Oh, hell yes  Warpy   Sep-05-10 08:35 AM   #38 
  - Why does there even need to be a sex trade?  Xenotime   Sep-05-10 08:45 AM   #39 
  - I'm sure that's been tried.  Sparkly   Sep-05-10 10:11 AM   #51 
  - or put out for free?  woo me with science   Sep-05-10 05:07 PM   #90 
  - "Because we are just like animals."  liquid diamond   Sep-06-10 09:46 PM   #123 
  - I believe it should legalized and regulated - along with drugs.  Edweird   Sep-05-10 09:07 AM   #40 
  - Why should one support the idea that human relations can properly become commodities?  struggle4progress   Sep-05-10 09:27 AM   #43 
  - That's a valid opinion -- but should one person's opinion impact everyone?  Sparkly   Sep-05-10 10:09 AM   #50 
     - I guess you can attribute anti-prostitution laws to my one-person opinion, but I suspect the laws  struggle4progress   Sep-05-10 12:38 PM   #73 
  - Yes. nt  blondeatlast   Sep-05-10 09:34 AM   #44 
  - yes: legal and regulated.  Warren Stupidity   Sep-05-10 09:41 AM   #45 
  - Of course it should be..  Upton   Sep-05-10 09:41 AM   #46 
  - Yes. Regulated and that regulation strictly enforced but yes.  lukasahero   Sep-05-10 09:55 AM   #48 
  - Exactly -- I made the same argument up thread  LostinVA   Sep-05-10 10:57 AM   #64 
  - I dislike the idea of desperate women (and some men)  Lyric   Sep-05-10 10:40 AM   #59 
  - "another opportunity for people to consider it from a viewpoint that's a mile wide and an inch deep"  Stinky The Clown   Sep-05-10 12:41 PM   #74 
  - Yes. But first, we must dismantle the patriarchy via revolution (nm)  Book Lover   Sep-05-10 10:49 AM   #60 
  - I don't think there's any good argument against legalizing it, only against legalizing it ineptly.  Gidney N Cloyd   Sep-05-10 10:52 AM   #62 
  - Of course.  The Green Manalishi   Sep-05-10 10:58 AM   #65 
  - yes, for the safety of the workers primarily, and regulation of the market.  NuttyFluffers   Sep-05-10 11:05 AM   #66 
  - yes. nt  LWolf   Sep-05-10 11:07 AM   #67 
  - Yes. Nt  krabigirl   Sep-05-10 11:34 AM   #70 
  - I think it should be. Expecially when it comes to married men wanting  notadmblnd   Sep-05-10 11:36 AM   #71 
  - That brings up something interesting  Warpy   Sep-05-10 04:10 PM   #79 
  - I'm very torn on the issue.  Odin2005   Sep-05-10 02:41 PM   #75 
  - Absolutely!  USArmyParatrooper   Sep-05-10 02:44 PM   #76 
  - Yes, with safeguards  DrSteveB   Sep-05-10 02:46 PM   #77 
  - No, it should not be legal  Rochester   Sep-05-10 04:15 PM   #80 
  - Nobody is "entitled" to sex, free or otherwise, from anyone else.  eShirl   Sep-05-10 04:28 PM   #81 
  - Sex is an entitlement like food water and healthcare.  Rochester   Sep-05-10 04:29 PM   #82 
     - A date rapist would agree with you.  eShirl   Sep-05-10 04:39 PM   #83 
     - I'm pretty sure he was referring to consensual sex.  USArmyParatrooper   Sep-05-10 04:45 PM   #86 
     - Really?  TheManInTheMac   Sep-06-10 01:44 PM   #120 
  - That's *your* moral view, fine.  USArmyParatrooper   Sep-05-10 04:44 PM   #85 
  - That's a very reasonable position to take .....  Stinky The Clown   Sep-05-10 08:19 PM   #94 
  - Haha, you won't last long here.  joshcryer   Sep-06-10 01:43 AM   #108 
  - To paraphrase the late, great George Carlin  Hugabear   Sep-05-10 04:42 PM   #84 
  - Just as an aside, you're racing over the differences between an actual relationship....  defendandprotect   Sep-06-10 02:18 AM   #112 
  - If everyone involved is a consenting adult, I can't for the life of me see why gov't should care.  Warren DeMontague   Sep-05-10 04:47 PM   #87 
  - Yes  Synicus Maximus   Sep-05-10 05:00 PM   #88 
  - Sex is the one thing that's ok to give away, but  Recovered Repug   Sep-05-10 07:45 PM   #93 
  - I think it is disgusting, but should not be illegal  Skittles   Sep-05-10 08:37 PM   #95 
  - Illegal because it is disgusting?  Stinky The Clown   Sep-05-10 08:44 PM   #96 
     - nothing disgusting about sex  Skittles   Sep-05-10 08:55 PM   #98 
  - Yes, but I think there should be regulations in place to protect  Luciferous   Sep-05-10 08:52 PM   #97 
  - Sure.  Zavulon   Sep-05-10 09:10 PM   #99 
  - Fuck, yes. If it's not legal than we can't protect those involved. n/t  Orsino   Sep-05-10 09:31 PM   #100 
  - Yes, and it should be regulated and worker protections enforced.  Withywindle   Sep-06-10 01:22 AM   #101 
  - Why not? Selling is legal, fucking is legal. So why shouldn't selling fucking be legal?  Initech   Sep-06-10 01:29 AM   #102 
  - Yes, anything that prevents women from having to use the streets  HEyHEY   Sep-06-10 01:32 AM   #103 
  - Very few women grows up wanting to be a prostitute.  RandomThoughts   Sep-06-10 01:35 AM   #104 
     - Obligatory 'toon:  Dead_Parrot   Sep-06-10 01:41 AM   #106 
     - Well, obviously...  HEyHEY   Sep-06-10 01:42 AM   #107 
     - Heh, money causes a lot of fucked up problems, sadly.  joshcryer   Sep-06-10 01:44 AM   #109 
     - It is part of the thread topic.  RandomThoughts   Sep-06-10 02:07 AM   #110 
     - Lots of things "get done for money"  Stinky The Clown   Sep-06-10 12:39 PM   #117 
  - Yes, but I'm against all forms of work, which means I'm against sex work.  joshcryer   Sep-06-10 01:40 AM   #105 
  - It shouldn't be criminal -- however, the question of protecting  defendandprotect   Sep-06-10 02:14 AM   #111 
  - A final word from 50 cent:  Dead_Parrot   Sep-06-10 05:10 AM   #114 
  - Looking at what the Florida Legislature does for money,  Dr.Phool   Sep-06-10 06:12 AM   #115 
  - A cautionary "yes", but what does this say about our humanity?  DailyGrind51   Sep-06-10 06:25 AM   #116 
  - it says that both humanity's sex drive and its need for an income is so high - no amount of  Douglas Carpenter   Sep-06-10 12:47 PM   #119 
  - Decriminalized  ismnotwasm   Sep-06-10 12:42 PM   #118 
  - Yes.  saltpoint   Sep-06-10 09:23 PM   #121 
  - Yes. Legal, taxed, regulated and unionized.  flvegan   Sep-06-10 09:30 PM   #122 
  - It is in Australia, and you rarely if ever hear about any problems  depakid   Sep-06-10 09:53 PM   #124 
  - Yes - god knows it will be one of the few high paying jobs around here soon  Taverner   Sep-06-10 09:54 PM   #125 
  - Yes and regulated  LatteLibertine   Sep-06-10 10:15 PM   #126 

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