Unit 2: Writing Assignment
The assertion that Prostitution Essay is a social institution that
reinforces the idea that “women are the property of men” (Meier, Geis, Pg.
43), is a common idea among most radical feminists. This view attempts to
equate prostitution with slavery and to place the blame on men and society.
The major problem with this viewpoint is that the prostitutes themselves
are not being held accountable for what quite simply is a choice that they
made for themselves.
Some of the biggest problems with this type of thinking is that it is
too narrow minded and does not look for various causes or reasons, it
instead focuses it’s attention on one group, that group is males.
of trying to find out why a young woman enters the world of prostitution,
whether it is to support an addiction, to make money, or if she is forced
into it, these feminists would rather point the finger at men and blame
them for the choices that the prostitute made. To imply that prostitution
is mans way of owning women is absurd. It is important to remember that
most prostitutes work for themselves, set their own prices, choose which
customers to serve, and choose what acts that they will preform. This does
not sound like the actions of somebody who is the property of another.
Another problem with this assertion is the comparison between
prostitution and slavery. To compare a job where the majority of its
workers are voluntary and get paid for their services to slaves who were
taken from their homes and forced to work for nothing but scraps of food,
is not only absurd, it is insulting.
Once again the feminists need to
realize that most of these women choose this lifestyle, the fact that they
had a bad childhood or were victimized, is irrelevant. Many people go
through the same type of things and grow up to get good jobs and lead a
The only point in the feminist point of view that I agreed with was
that prostitution can violate a woman’s dignity. The woman’s dignity may
very well be violated, but it is violated because of the lifestyle that
they chose to lead, not because men violate them. The men are simply
taking advantage of a resource that is already there, they are not forcing
the women to accept money for sex.
In conclusion, the feminist view that prostitution reinforces women
as the property of men, quite simply has no merit.
While I do not deny
that women still live in a somewhat unequal world, blaming men for the poor
choices that women make is not right. The feminists must realize that men
are not to blame for all of the problems facing women today. If a young
women choose to become a prostitute, it is her choice. To try and make a
connection to men and find a way to blame them for that choice is a sexist
act. Feminists complain about how society is biased towards women, maybe
they should look in the mirror and see how biased they are towards men. .