It's hard to resist the conclusion that the "world's oldest profession" is so old, not only because of the nature of men, women, and men and women in the world, but because of the nature of the professions themselves.
Humans rent the use of their bodies, minds, and spirits. We call that a wage (by the hour) or a salary (by the life).
Humans rent the use of their bodies, minds, and spirits for sex. We call that an evil. But what is the difference?
If I sell the use of my hands and my head, I'm a worker. If she sells her cunt, she's a whore. But what makes one part of the body more or less sacred than another?
Humans use their skills in language and empathy to earn their living. If I lie on a couch, alone, with a psychiatrist who's known hundreds of souls, and then pay by the hour because otherwise I won't value the service, then lie on a bed, alone in another way, with a whore who's known hundreds of souls, and then pay by the hour again, is there a real difference?
A service provider is well-paid to tell clients what they want to hear. If what they want to hear is a PowerPoint slide show, we call the provider a consultant. If what they want to hear is some thwacking and grunting and moaning, we call the provider a whore. If there's a difference, what is it?
I know love can't be bought (my psychiatrist loved me), but pleasure can be, and trust and respect often flow from business transactions. Even affection, and intimacy.
Tell me again why whoring is different?
hi there. i definitely agree with you--there is a break in consistency in what we're legally allowed to sell. as far as i can tell, the biggest problem society has with prostitution is that the woman's sexuality belongs to no one man. she uses her sexuality as she sees fit, and profits handsomely from it (at least the high class courtesans sure did--but if she has a pimp, then this description goes out the window). a rich housewife basically trades sexual access (and fidelity) for a nice house in the burbs' and vacations in the hamptons. so how exactly is she morally superior to the "working" girl (in the classical sense)?
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