On July 12th we ran our first opinion piece in the Chronicles. Written by Isabella Carter, it argued that prostitution should be legalized in Santa Ramona Valley. We asked for people to submit their own opinions.
We have published a number of replies. Today we publish the first reply submitted by a woman.We welcome responses, from both men and women, to the original article or to the responses.
From Ianna Snow:
While reading the article discussing prostitution in Santa Ramona, and the responses, I am drawn to an interesting conclusion. Men want it, but don't want it to be overt. What's that mean? If you keep it criminal, there are no records, no documentation. The rich and powerful can just go down to the local street corner and pick up a girl and do the business out of sight. Out of sight of their families, out of sight of the public. And if they are of a known stature, out of sight of those they claim to govern, protect, represent. It gives them a out.
But, what does the money buy? Sex is illegal as a business it's said. But, buying someone isn't.
In a nation that is supposedly filled with freedoms, the male dominated society makes the choices. Who made these laws?
"California outlawed prostitution in 1872, with a law defining 'every common prostitute' as a 'vagrant'."
How many woman were part of the Legislature in 1872? None. None would be elected until 1918.
Undersheriff Brentt takes a different tack. "Sex is something that should be shared intimately between people who are bonded together not sold like a commodity." So morality enters into the conversation. A male view of morality. Why is a woman called a slut if she sleeps with multiple partners? And a man? A "stud".
Father Morrow, has no place to judge. Look inside your own house Father before you judge others.
A properly regulated sex trade can be a benefit to both society and the public at whole. First, without even mentioning, you bring in tax revenue that is not even documented as of today. Regulation is funded from this tax. Medical coverage, and medical standards are put in place. The corner and the alley are no longer a place of business. Those who have a need for sex but not a want for "companionship" now have a outlet. A Legal outlet.
Why is sex considered so out of bounds for being made legal? Maybe we should ask the politicians and lobbyists. They are familiar with selling their bodies for money.
They are the experts.
Do you agree with this letter, or any or the others we have published? Let us have your opinion, on this or any other subject. The Chronicles is always interested to hear your views, and will print the best articles.