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Why We Should Decriminalize Prostitution

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"Former Sex Worker Maggie McNeill on Why We Should Decriminalize Prostitution." Produced by Alexis Garcia. Shot by Garcia and Zach Weissmueller. Music by Lee Maddeford. About 30 minutes.

The original release date was July 14, 2014 and the original writeup is below.

"There is a very common form of rhetoric that's used against us … that sex work isn't work. That it's a dodge. That it's a scam. That it's a form of exploitation," says Maggie McNeill, a former sex worker turned activist who blogs at The Honest Courtesan. 

"We still pretend that there's a magical mumbo jumbo taboo energy about sex that makes it different from all other human activities."

McNeill sat down with Reason TV's Thaddeus Russell for a wide-ranging interview where she responds to the feminist critique of sex work, explains why research on trafficking may not be reliable, and says why prostitution should be decriminalized.

"The problem is that there are already laws for these things," states McNeill. "We have a name for sex being inflicted on a woman against her will. We call it rape. We have a name for taking someone and holding them prisoner somewhere. We call that abduction. … Why do we need [prostitution] to be laid on top of all these other things that already are crimes?" 

Produced by Alexis Garcia. Shot by Garcia and Zach Weissmueller. Music by Lee Maddeford. 

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57 responses to “Why We Should Decriminalize Prostitution

  1. More than that, I think employer health insurance should be made to pay for my non-prescription half and halfs.

    1. Fist, you should email me. So you can join the secret club.

      1. Is that last emoji a flower? Carl (checks) his (mail) for (flower)s?

        1. I think it’s a ‘splosion. Carl checks his deliveries for bombs.

          1. Be-penised gingerbread men.

            Did I just fail the Rorschach test?

        2. It’s not an anus?

          1. Warrren just passed his Rorschach test.

            1. What do I win?

                1. Not the Butthole Surfers.

                  1. Probably would’ve been better, but “chocolate starfish” popped into my mind first.

                    I’ll toss in some Fred Durst O-Face to sweeten the deal!

                    Because nothing says anus like Fred Durst’s sex tape.

      2. You people should know by now that I’m not really a joiner.

        1. So it was in fact you that emailed me?

          1. Great. Now everyone knows. This better be worth it.

      3. Can I have the chat transcript of you guys discussing why I should not be invited to the club?

        I am making a a Nixonian enemies list and that would help me compile it.

        1. Turns out he just wants to work out the logistics of wiring money from a Nigerian bank to your account. And ads for Viagra.

        2. Uh, I emailed you yesterday

      4. Your email ended up in my spam box. Am I going to have to download a special client to join the chat, or is it a web-site? And will it work with Opera 12, because I’m too damn lazy to open Firefox to do a chat.

  2. Hey Alexis, don’t you know this topic is Elizabeth Nolan Brown’s turf you’re muscling in on?

  3. OT; The Doctors at Fox are judgmental fearmongering dicks about alcohol

    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/…..6792395001

    Hard to stomach WITHOUT a drink. Christ, more than five at a sitting more than once a week apparently makes you as bad as a chronic methhead.

    What are the odds that life at either of those doctors’ houses is EXTREMELY DULL?

    1. It’s like anything. The nannies will methodically encroach a bit at a time until their ends are met. First it was 8 drinks, then 6, now 5… next year it will be 3.

      The legal BAC to drive was once .15, then .1, now .08. As long as one baby is killed per year, we’ll continue to call it a crisis.

      Look at the non-sequiturs used throughout that video. The misleading statistics. Alcohol kills x number of Americans per year, rolling drunk driving deaths into that number as though it was the alcohol that caused people to drive drunk. It’s the equivalent of saying guns cause shootings.

      It’s a CRISIS! SOMEBODY NEEDZ TO DO SOMETHING!

      Fuck these do-gooder shit-heads. (And, please note, it’s coming from the “liberty loving” right at FOX)

      1. “…the “liberty loving” right at FOX)…”

        Goddammit I nearly spit out my chewed up steak. It is a damn good steak too.

  4. I eagerly await UberPIMP.

  5. OT — Stuffwhitepeoplelike.com on white prog politics:

    if a white person really, REALLY, doesn’t like something or
    someone, he or she may angrily say something to the effect of, “This is exactly the same kind of thing that Hitler used to do!” accompanied by varying levels of profanity based on blood-alcohol content. No matter what your gut reaction may be at that point, do not disagree with that white person. Otherwise, well, you love Hitler.

    This time-tested white-person maneuver may seem so awesomely useful to you that you are tempted to go out and try it right now. Not so fast. White people have spent the last 30 years perfecting this technique. There are cultural guidelines.

    It’s also critical that you avoid the fatal mistake of getting creative and comparing people you don’t like to other evil dictators, such as Joseph Stalin or Fidel Castro. With few exceptions, white people are actually fond
    of almost any dictator not named Hitler, and your remark that “this is just like something Mao Zedong would do” will be met with blank stares and possible social alienation. This is because, with the exception of Hitler,
    oppressive dictators share a passion for many of the things white people love- such as universal health care, conspiracy theories, caring about poor people while being filthy rich, and cool hats. Stick to the script and
    compare things you don’t like to Hitler, and Hitler alone.

    1. You know who else resorts to Godwining?

    2. oppressive dictators share a passion for many of the things white people love- such as universal health care, conspiracy theories, caring about poor people while being filthy rich, and cool hats.

      If you wear an ironic trucker hat you are worse then Pol Pot.

  6. Why We Should Decriminalize Prostitution

    Best reason of all: Why the fuck shouldn’t we?

  7. They use to call it (rape) a fate worse than death.

    They still do.

  8. OT:

    Today is a sad day. I got this in my email:

    Dear Buckyballs Customer,
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing the voluntary recall of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes high-powered magnets. The CPSC warns that these products contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to children and teenagers.

    Fucking best refrigerator magnets ever invented. And “the man” says i should not have them.

    1. and teens? I get that you shouldn’t give high powered magnets to anyone too young to not-eat them, obvious enough. But teens? Driver’s license, just fine. Magnets, too dangerous.

    2. What happens if you choose not to comply? Is it still voluntary?

      1. I assume nothing….i mean aside from my buckyball constructing a time machine and going back to my childhood to kill me retroactively.

        Anyway I guess i will find out. The CPSC would have to pay me a shit pot more then I payed for my buckyballs to get them from me.

    3. Add it to:

      1. More expensive lights that aren’t as bright as I want.
      2. Toilets I have to flush twice.
      3. Showerheads with flow inhibitors so I can shower longer getting the soap off
      4. Toasters that take 6 minutes to toast a slice of bread
      5. Washing machines that take forever.
      6. Dryers that need to be run twice to dry my clothes
      7. Dishwashers that the dishes come out wet, because heating elements waste electricity
      8. Fuel containers without vent valves so it doubles the time to fill my mower.

      Isn’t “progress” supposed to mean innovations that improve upon existing products and actually make people’s lives better?

      Instead we have government ensuring the shit I bought two decades ago worked better than shit I’m forced to buy now.

      1. 3. Showerheads with flow inhibitors so I can shower longer getting the soap off
        …..

        8. Fuel containers without vent valves so it doubles the time to fill my mower.

        Francisco….get a drill man, get a drill.

        1. They sell conversion kits that provide a vent hole and a new funnel without the button.

          Wife and I found a shower head that advertized the option of being able to remove the inhibitor for the purposes of “cleaning” it.

          I was so happy with them that I wrote them an email about how pleased I was with their “cleaning” option and that I “cleaned” it as soon as I opened it and anticipated not needing to ever “clean” it again.

          1. Ah, ok. We got a shower head we really liked and as soon as I saw the choke in it I went and got a drill and a 3/8 bit. We love it.

            1. Some of them have it set up so you can’t drill it out without fucking up the rest of the unit.

              Why a company would make it hard for the customer to get around such bullshit is beyond me?

              1. Because the government is going to fuck them over otherwise?

            2. Is this shitty shower head thing a national deal or is it limited to certain states? My wife and I bought a house about a month ago and our handyman replaced the shower head, and you could spray down and elephant with this thing. Maybe it’s a black market shower head….

    4. I’m going to make huge money by smuggling these into the country.

      I’ll swallow a bunch and walk right through customs.

      And then collect them later.

  9. Slighty on topic:

    Inside Stardust, you’ll find things like high heels, swimsuits, lingerie and massage lotions. But it’s what’s tucked away in the back of the store that has the city of Brookhaven so upset.

    Michael Morrison said the adult items consist of 15 percent of his merchandise — well within the city’s legal parameter of 35 percent.

    “We are not a sexually orientated business and to go take a eight or nine dollar an hour worker and give them 500 tickets is just insanity,” Morrison said.

    Aiesha Eaton is a minimum-wage store clerk who now faces tens of thousands of dollars in fines and possible jail time for 210 citations she said she received from Brookhaven’s code violation division.

    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/n…..cit/ngjQd/

    Fucking authoritarian assholes from Georgia.

  10. Slighty on topic:

    Inside Stardust, you’ll find things like high heels, swimsuits, lingerie and massage lotions. But it’s what’s tucked away in the back of the store that has the city of Brookhaven so upset.

    Michael Morrison said the adult items consist of 15 percent of his merchandise — well within the city’s legal parameter of 35 percent.

    “We are not a sexually orientated business and to go take a eight or nine dollar an hour worker and give them 500 tickets is just insanity,” Morrison said.

    Aiesha Eaton is a minimum-wage store clerk who now faces tens of thousands of dollars in fines and possible jail time for 210 citations she said she received from Brookhaven’s code violation division.

    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/n…..cit/ngjQd/

    1. Warren…

      It is you?

      You are Shrike?!?!

      Say it ain’t so!!

      1. No, just stepping on his dick.

        1. Or whatever is down there…

    1. Something smells fishy about this deal.

    2. “I____________hereby incorporate my uterus and vagina with the full expectation that I will now be given the rights and protections equal to corporations by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

      Uh….what the hell does that mean? Proggies really have no understanding of the hobby lobby ruling at all, do they? Not a clue.

      She also thinks the supreme court gives rights to people FFS.

      Someone please unplug her keyboard.

      1. But on the other hand now her vagina can be taxed, regulated, and even nationalized as a public commodity if the government so chooses.

        It’s almost like she’s so stupid she inadvertently managed to prove our point about what real government interference looks like.

        1. I wonder how they would react if government officials called for a more equitable distribution of pussy.

        2. I left this part out. She also has no understanding of how corporations doing business in the US are taxed. She has no grasp of any part of this issue from any angle.

          “This incorporation is officially in the Cayman Islands; thereby relieving my corporation of tax burdens in accordance with most other U.S. corporations.”

        3. Hey, public accommodations laws. Her vagina can no longer refuse service to anyone.

      2. As a matter of fact I saw a debate on the subject this morning. One woman was rambling on about the war on women and women being denied BC and the other woman very pointedly asked her “Can you tell the difference between me saying I won’t pay for that and saying you can’t have that?”

        First woman simply evaded the question. I don’t know if she refused to answer because she knows the whole war on women BS is a calculated lie or if she genuinely does not understand.

  11. Yeah, my only complaint is that it seems like the progs simply see ‘decriminalization’ as just Phase 1 before something is actually ‘mandated and subsidized

    Perhaps the quest for Liberation of the ‘Hos should be put into the larger context of “taking the government out of individual free exchange”, and stop insisting the government have a say in every aspect of human activity across the board.

    I am aware this would be a non-starter for the limited-alliance with the Progs that emerged with Pot-Decriminalization, but i think that schism is inevitable anyway, and we might as well be clearer now about our goals to ensure that people understand it isn’t just about helping losers get nookie from time to time, but a nobler cause of enlarging the areas of human life that are free from government proscription.

    1. “….Liberation of the ‘Hos should be put into the larger context of “taking the government out of individual free exchange”, and stop insisting the government have a say in every aspect of human activity across the board……..enlarging the areas of human life that are free from government proscription.”

      Prediction: As soon as you put it like that they will fight you tooth and nail.

  12. That makes a lot of sense dude.

    http://www.AnonToolz.tk

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