But we aren't talking about changing laws on sexual assault, but rather whether or not to decriminalize prostitution, and to what degree.
And there is a big difference between sexual assault and sex for work, even if we agree that the latter can be very damaging for some people in some circumstances. I understand the argument, but I don't accept the equivalency that it attempts to draw.Quote:
If sex is just a service then it is unreasonable for rape to be considered such a serious crime.
Rape is a serious crime. That has nothing to do with whether or not sex is in some cases a service.
Many former prostitutes have the same symptoms as women who were raped. Some women claim that for them sex is no different than giving a foot massage but they are not the norm. Perhaps not for all women but certainly for many women prostitution is experienced as paid rape, even more devaluing than rape because it was consentual. I know of no tests that could determine how prostitution will affect a particular woman until after she experiences it.
Prostitution is paying a woman to have sex who would otherwise not have sex. The emotional experience of having sex when you don't want to be having sex doesn't change based on having accepted money to perform. I acknowledge that for some women having sex with strangers for money doesn't bother them anymore than flipping burgers but I don't believe that they represent a significant percentage of the population, so much so that their desire for that particular job should outweigh the damage done to other women who are not so blasé but who are driven to it out of desperation.