Calling all Feminists: Legalize Prostitution
Those who support a woman’s right to choose to abort an unborn fetus have a number of stirring arguments to support their position. The most compelling (and most frequently proffered) rationale goes something like this: “A woman should have the right to do with her body what she wishes. She is the master of herself — not patriarchal society, not fundamentalist Christians, not the federal government. Choice should rest with the individual woman, not with the external apparatuses that seek to control her.”
Why then, we wonder, don’t pro-choice advocates feel similarly about legalizing prostitution? Surely if a woman may choose to terminate an inchoate human life she should be permitted to accept money in exchange for sex. It is her body, after all. And, as the argument goes, “A woman should have the right to do with her body what she wishes.”
Feminists of the world unite: While you’re fighting to keep abortion legal, don’t forget about fighting to legalize prostitution, too!