Violent Sexists Support Legalized Prostitution?
It would be wrong, of course, to tar everybody who might consider the legalization of prostitution to be a positive development, but an advocate for the other side, Melanie Shapiro, raised a relevant point in Ed Achorn’s recent column on violent online imagery directed against Shapiro and her fellow activist Donna Hughes:
“I think it is unfortunate that they have resorted to such low-level comments, but I am really concerned about the women in the brothels who have to encounter men like these. It shows you what kind of men they have to face,” Ms. Shapiro said.
However much people — mainly progressives — wish to present prostitution as empowering of women, their customer base will largely consist of lowlifes who have no problem seeing them as objects. At least now, it’s no longer a transaction that the state considers to be legitimate.