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Caveat Emptor

Letters from Johns:

I drank some beer, became inebriated, and found the courage to call an agency. I could barely speak on the phone. She came over. She noted I was drunk and charged me what seemed to be a high price but I was desperate. I wanted to go down on her and her do the same to me. She apparently did not bring protection. That still baffles me to this day as my subsequent encounters showed that to be a total anomaly. My first experience was unprotected sex with a whore. What a moron I was.

I spent the next month absolutely racked with a fear that I had picked up aids. I went to a local health care provider to get tested. They asked me questions and stupid me answered that yes, I had sex with a whore. Whatever. The nurse just stared at me like I had three heads. I felt so stupid.

This blog is worth its weight in gold, sociologically speaking. In a more personal respect, I find them ranging from obvious and natural to hilarious and pathetic. Many of these men are also cheating on their spouses, but that’s beside the point. The concept of personal responsibility applies to all things, great and small.

Come to think of it, I know very few men who haven’t paid for sex, many of whom are able to procure in a more natural manner. Is there something about justifying it or making it seem reasonable that sets them apart? I think so.

And having visited countries where it is practiced legally and witnessed both the social impact and reactions to it by both locals and visitors, I think it’s safe to say that there is a little bit of shock tied to it. In the US (and a few other countries) you are viewed as a pariah; everywhere else, it is acceptable.

If I recall correctly, one of the big reasons (along with religon) for the ban on prostitution in the United States was health: when it was made illegal to trade money for sex, Syphillis infection rates decreased dramatically. The results, along with the early women’s civil rights groups, helped the law to be passed in 49 of the 50 states. There is no federal law concerning prostitution.

But if several states decided to repeal said laws, how fast would there be a US Senate bill on the floor? Mere hours.

Like any black market product, everything involved with it would be safer (and taxable) if it were made legal. But, like the topic of this post, buyer beware. But hey, us libertarians are evil like that, I guess.

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