Monday, November 01, 2004

Everyone's a prostitute

Yesterday, I was watching a news magazine on Danish TV. One of the stories was about prostitution and while I am sort of undecided on the whole criminalization of the customer-issue, there were a couple of things I would like to question. If you look in a dictionary, the word ‘prostitution’ is explained with “the act or practice of indulging in promiscuous sexual relations especially for money” not “paying for sex with a woman”. But in this program, the issue at stake seemed to be if it was okay that men paid for sex with women (or maybe, going on a limb, with other men). I do realise that it is not as big a market, but there are women out there who pay for sex with men. But somehow that’s just not the same, is it? And why? Why isn’t male heterosexual prostitution considered oppressive and exploitative? Why do people assume that men have enough free will to choose selling sex while women have to be coerced or manipulated? I just found that really insulting…

And, hands up, who thinks the same will apply for the new Manic Street Preachers-album? The insulting bit, that is… It’s out today and I’m still considering whether or not to buy it at all.