I was thinking of writing about the current and unpleasant impasse between the teachers’ union and the retaliatory government, but then I thought those kids are better left in the playground. No, I won’t take sides in the matter.
And then there’s the pipeline thing. Well, wasn’t that a foregone conclusion? And the antagonism – justified-justified-justified – is equally a foregone and I think the matter is close to dead in the waters that must stay pristine barring all else. That’s my opinion and I am entitled to it.
So, I thought I would leave those subjects at rest and write of something ridiculously inflammatory and one about which I have opinions that I hope don’t leave me looking like an unpleasant sort of the type you don’t want to have for tea. I am going to talk about prostitution.
That’s right: ladies of the evening, femmes de trottoir, hookers, good-time-gals, fallen women, and so on and so on.
And in this matter I can only say, despite what Stephen Harper and the ludicrously uptight and prissy Peter McKay think about it, prostitution has always been with us, in every society, and always will be. ‘Love for sale,’ is part of the human condition, at least with certain elements of society, at least, and possibly more elements of society than we care to acknowledge.
While I am not a big fan of the late Pierre Trudeau, his view that the government had no business in the bedrooms of the nation was essentially my approach to matters carnal. And in that I will say that the government has no business interfering in a contractual agreement between a woman (or man) and a client in return for sexual services.
Did anybody really ask for Eisenhower-era uptightness in the matter?
Does anybody of sense really care what others do with their wobbly bits and how they choose to exercise that very human function? I know I certainly do not. And if somebody chooses to sell some comfort time and somebody else chooses to pay for it, then what business is it of mine, or yours?
I have known women “on the game’ (as the Brits say) and they were perfectly pleasant human beings working in a realm that isn’t always pleasant by its nature. I am not suggesting I knew them ‘professionally’, but I knew them as a journalist wanting to gain some insights into what they do, or did, if it was in past tense. It was in the name of journalism. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I also knew a couple of women who worked their respective ways through college by hooking. Beats working at a fast-food joint, I suspect.
Here are my thoughts about prostitution. They are not ones that will sit entirely well with the Harper regime:
– it will always be with us and no amount of legislation will take it away.
– get rid of the pimps. String ’em up as far as I’m concerned. They are parasites and nothing more and are of no value in society.
– establish ‘safe’ brothels wherein those who ‘choose’ to be in the trade will be unthreatened and also subject to regular clinical checks. Ideally the Nevada model with the Mustang Ranch kind of thing seems to work. They bust hookers in Vegas, but it’s OK out in the ranches.
– get rid of street prostitution if possible. Those girls (and boys) are invariably the ones at greatest risk.
– Stop regarding bought sex as something sleazy and lowlife – as McKay protested it was in Sunday school teacher voice – but an expression of an unattached individual seeking a sexual outlet. Those of us who are partnered or married need not go in that direction. But, if attached people choose to, it’s none of my damn business. I won’t judge.
– Those who connect with prostitutes aren’t, to the surprise of the lawmakers no doubt, not even seeking sex in all cases. The operator of an escort agency (such a lovely euphemistic reference that makes it look like the girls are prom dates; it’s kind of sweet) once told me that they got clients who were looking for nothing more than conversation with an attractive woman, since nobody at home wanted to talk to them. Sad.
– Primarily the role of the state in the matter should be to keep those in the business as safe as possible, and I see nothing wrong with restricting prostitutes from certain neighborhoods.
– Maybe it’s time we became real grown up people about it.