John speaks out at Overcoming Bias November 7, 2010Posted by Summerspeaker in Feminism.
After Robin Hanson makes a post about the inefficiency of anti-prostitution laws, commenter These days, those days defends buying sex at length. For instance:
I am a customer of prostitutes. I suppose that the typical customer of prostitutes is not some guy for whom the prostitution turns into a close personal relationship in an incredibly easy manner–nevertheless, that’s exactly what it’s like for me. And I definitely defend the idea that neither I, nor a more typical trick who never forms a close relationship with his hooker, is doing anything wrong. The fashionability (yes, Andrew, your opinion is quite politically correct rather than a truly unpopular one) of this condemnation is probably in large part due to a lack of pity for the sex-starved: Being deprived of sex is not seen as being an affliction that should be removed, it’s not seen as understandable that someone would take desperate measures like getting together with a prostitute.
He also describes prostitution as an essentially lower-class problem and then goes on to criticize the Swedish model of prostitution legislation as well as anti-trafficking activist Donna M. Hughes. There’s so much male supremacy here I don’t know where to begin. In accordance with the framework laid out by Hanson, participants either ignore, downplay, or dismiss the radical position of prostitution as a horrific example of economic coercion and misogyny. (As the anarchist militia says in the film Libertarias when they take over the brothel, “El amor debe ser libre, no comprado. [Love must be free, not bought.]”)
I find the expressed male sexual entitlement and view of women as a resource especially telling. Andrew Kieran responds to These days, those days by joking that he’s “totally drowning in pussy” and thus cannot relate. The argument centers on the personal effect contracting a sex worker has on the dudely buyer rather than analyzing this patriarchal conception of sexuality or the structural economic conditions involved. This whole sex starvation thing never fails to baffle me. It’s patently absurd to equate not engaging in sex acts with other humans as frequently as desired to lacking sufficient nutrients to sustain metabolism. Nobody ever died from not getting off, and most folks can orgasm happily without assistance – or would be able to without the silly taboos against masturbation.
In conclusion, I blame the patriarchy and await revolution.