March 13, 2008 at 8:21 am | Posted in politics, read this | Leave a comment

Here is Nicholas Kristof’s eloquent explanation for why we can’t “just” decriminalize prostitution, and why penalizing the johns or the customers is more effective than penalizing the women.  Prostitution is not really as an inevitable or potentially empowering (for the prostitutes themselves, some argue) institution as recent discussions over l’affaire Spitzer might lead us to believe.  Nevertheless, as good as Kristof’s column is, as the mother of a daughter, I need to remain idealistic and vigilant.  I can’t really espouse even finding the best solution.  I feel passionately that as long as we are casual about pornography and prostitution we endanger vulnerable girls and women.  I wish that every man who had a daughter would read Kristof’s column and make the connection. 


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