By Peter de Marneffe
Civil libertarians signify prostitution as a "victimless crime," and argue that it must be legalized. Feminist critics counter that prostitution isn't victimless, because it harms the folks who do it. Civil libertarians reply that the majority ladies freely decide to do that paintings, and that it truly is paternalistic for the govt. to restrict a person's liberty for her personal reliable. during this publication Peter de Marneffe argues that even though so much prostitution is voluntary, paternalistic prostitution legislation in a few shape are still morally justifiable. If prostitution is often destructive within the means that feminist critics continue, then this argument for prostitution legislation isn't objectionably moralistic and a few prostitution legislation violate no one's rights. Paternalistic prostitution legislation in a few shape are accordingly in step with the basic ideas of latest liberalism.
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A Paternalistic Case for Prostitution Laws 35 So it makes sense to claim that prohibition fails to respect sexual autonomy in a way that laws that prohibit vote selling do not threaten political autonomy. Some might protest that selling one’s vote also has distinctive meaning as a political act—as an expression of contempt toward the political process. There are, however, other ways for individuals to express contempt toward the political process that do not threaten to undermine the integrity of the political process in the way that the legality of vote selling would.
I do not claim that the available evidence establishes with certainty that sex work commonly causes the psychological harms I have identiﬁed. It is possible that the psychological damage seemingly caused by sex work results instead from prior psychological conditions, which may have led a person to choose sex work in the ﬁrst place. None of the evidence I have cited conclusively rules out this possibility. My position here is that the claim that prostitution is commonly psychologically destructive is supported by credible evidence, and is consistent with what we know for sure about prostitution and human nature.
A sex worker, however, cannot maintain these boundaries consistent with her occupational role. 42 This reduces the kind of control she can have over her relationships and the quality of her social life, a kind of control that it is very important for most of us to have. Presented as part of a defense of prostitution laws, these observations might prompt the sensible response that prostitutes have some control over their clients, and that if they ﬁnd someone disgusting they are not required to serve him.