Archive for the ‘Prostitution’ Category

George Washington University

In no area of the social sciences has ideology contaminated knowledge more pervasively than in writings on the sex industry. Too

often in this area, the canons of scientific inquiry are suspended and research deliberately skewed to serve a particular political
agenda. Much of this work has been done by writers who regard the sex industry as a despicable institution and who are active in
campaigns to abolish

In this commentary, I examine several theoretical and methodological flaws in this literature, both generally and with regard to

three recent articles in Violence Against Women. The articles in question are by Jody Raphael and Deborah Shapiro (2004),
Melissa Farley (2004), and Janice Raymond (2004). At least two of the authors (Farley and Raymond) are activists involved in the
antiprostitution campaign. Continue Reading…


C S Widom, and J B Kuhns

OBJECTIVES: This study examined the extent to which being abused and/or neglected in childhood increases a person’s risk for promiscuity, prostitution, and teenage pregnancy. METHODS: A prospective cohorts design was used to match, on the basis of age, race, sex, and social class, cases of abused and/or neglected children from 1967 to 1971 with nonabused and nonneglected children; subjects were followed into young adulthood. From 1989 to 1995 1196 subjects (676 abused and/or neglected and 520 control subjects were located and interviewed. RESULTS: Early childhood abuse and/or neglect was a significant predictor of prostitution for females (odds ratio [OR] = 2.96). For females, sexual abuse (OR = 2.54) and neglect (OR = 2.58) were associated with prostitution, whereas physical abuse was only marginally associated. Childhood abuse and neglect were not associated with increased risk for promiscuity or teenage pregnancy. CONCLUSIONS: These findings strongly support a relationship between childhood victimization and subsequent prostitution. The presumed causal sequence between childhood victimization and teenage pregnancy may need to be reevaluated.

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Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot*, Augustine Brannigan
Department of Sociology, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW,
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4

The emphasis on social learning theory and homotypic continuity of sexual abuse as a
predictor of prostitution behavior is not borne out by our data. The results of our analysis
indicate that those who have been sexually abused are at no greater risk of becoming
prostitutes than of becoming students. While we do not want to make light of the possible
trauma experienced by individuals who have been sexually abused, these findings suggest
that negative sexual experiences do not necessarily manifest themselves in future overt sexual
deviance, such as prostitution. Other research has suggested that those who have been
sexually abused may become very negative toward sexual involvement. Our results suggest
that rather than sexual misconduct, sexual abuse may be more likely to manifest itself in both
suicide attempts and school expulsion….

(To Read the full article, download the pdf from google search)

[This post also appears in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution and is posted here at the request of the author. Prof. Nussbaum’s arguments about prostitution made here are developed at greater length in an article entitled “‘Whether from Reason or Prejudice'”: Taking Money for Bodily Services,” 2 Journal of Legal Studies 27 (1998).]

Eliot Spitzer, one of the nation’s most gifted and dedicated politicians, was hounded into resignation by a Puritanism and mean-spiritedness that are quintessentially American.   My European colleagues (I write from an academic conference in Belgium) have a hard time understanding what happened, but they know that it is one of those things that could only happen in America, where the topic of sex drives otherwise reasonable people insane.  In Germany and the Netherlands, prostitution is legal and regulated by public health authorities.  A man who did what Spitzer did would have a lot to discuss with his wife and family, but he would have broken no laws, and it would be laughable to accuse him of a betrayal of the public trust.  This is as it should be.  If Spitzer broke any laws, they were bad laws, laws that should never have existed.

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הבורגנות מעולם לא אהבה את הזנות. מפני שהזנות עוקפת את האמנה החברתית שדואגת לקשור את המין עם אחריות – עם אהבה, עם הורות, עם משפחה. אבל מאחר שהאמנה הזאת לא ניתנת לקיום במלואה, בורגנים בדרך כלל סובלים את הזנות בשוליים. סובלים, אבל ממררים את חיי הזונות כדי להזכיר להן את מקומן.

אל העויינות הבסיסית הזאת כלפי זונות הצטרף בהדרגה סוג מסויים של פמיניזם שתופס את יחסי המינים לא כאמנה אלא כהסכם שביתת נשק במלחמה מתמשכת. והוא לא מוכן לסבול את הזנות גם בשוליים. מפני שבעיניו הזונות הן פחות או יותר מי שחצו את הקווים אל מחנה האוייב – אל הגברים. עבור הסוג הזה של פמיניזם מפתה לראות את הזונות כבוגדות, אבל בגרסתו המעודכנת הוא רואה אותן כקורבנות. ואז הן לא בוגדות, אלא שבויות מלחמה. תינוקות שנשבו, כמעט פשוטו כמשמעו: גם תינוקות, כלומר פחות מבני אדם שלמים האחראים על גורלם, וגם שנשבו, בדרך כלל פיזית ממש. יש כמובן מי שבאמת נשבו. לזה אנחנו קוראים “סחר בבני אדם”. אלא שהסוג הזה של פמיניזם לא מבדיל בין סחר לבין זנות סתם. בעיניו אין דבר כזה, זונות שהן לא תינוקות ולא נשבו….

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