(04-12-2012 10:32 AM)Aseptic Skeptic Wrote: Aww, man, that would kill one of my two reasons for going to Amsterdam...
On a more real note, one of the things I admire most about countries with legalized prostitution is that the government imposes certain laws, such as protection MUST be used and sex workers MUST carry medical records of frequent STD checks. Make it illegal, and these safety measures are no longer imposed.
But be certain of one thing, making prostitution illegal does not stop prostitution. It's illegal just about everywhere in the United States and yet it happens just about everywhere in the United States. Making it illegal just means criminal prostitutes become victims of criminal pimps/madams, get no medical benefits, spread diseases, suffer the whims of their pimps/madams, and continue practicing their trade every day. None of that is good.
If these idiot feminist groups had even a shred of a clue, they would be DE-criminalizing prostitution so the prostitutes, who will be working regardless of the legality of their profession, can at least get the same basic benefits that all other workers in all other professions get.
I suspect that most "militant" feminists are women that couldn't even sell it (I know quite a few feminists, most of them are women I wouldn't pay for sex, in fact, I couldn't be paid to have sex with these feminists) so they, in their untouchability, are jealous of women who are being touched. Jealous of women who get attention that these feminists can't get. The rest of them, for reasons of sexual preference or belief systems that I would consider to be mental disorders, just don't want the sexual attention of men (or in some cases of anyone). This statement applies to almost all "militant" feminists I know, and I know way more than my share. Sure, it's a stretch to say this small sampling group is demonstrative of all "militant" feminists, but it's surely demonstrative of some of them. It seems to me that they're just taking away (usually for no other reason than simple spite) that which they can't have, or that they personally despise.
You are wrong about ugliness being at the heart of the problem. One of the things that made me most bitter when I was single was even the women that I found disgusting were married or had at least one boyfriend. Guys are really desperate all the time. What it is, is that if you pay for sex the woman has no power. Sure she can save money to buy property and other things. If she marries you knowing you have money, she can take you for every dime you have in a fairly short period of time.