I can’t say with any certainty that I’m the first blogger to ever quote both Radley Balko and David Neiwert in the same post, but I bet I’m one of only a few.
So, here we go.
From Balko, we learn that, in Chicago, cops more often fuck prostitutes in exchange for not arresting them than they do arresting prostitutes. So, in effect, police in Chicago have a vested interest in keeping prostitution illegal because, if it’s legal, they lose a large pool of women they can coerce into having sex with them. Remind me again how this is better than just regulating the industry?
It seems to me that there’s no question that the only feminist response to the way the world is right now is to advocate for the legalization of prostitution. We can argue all day about how, in a perfect world, women should have other choices as to whether to sell their bodies for money. We can argue all day about whether or not it’s moral. But, in the meantime, bullshit like this is going on and these women have no recourse.
Make it legal, get it regulated, and then we can worry over the morality of it and the proper feminist position to have on it*.
From Neiwert, we learn (and you all may, if you haven’t already seen this, have to sit down. Remember when I theorized that Nate, the Pan-Galactic Blogger Blaster had to be working for the FBI because his persona was just too good? This tidbit is like if that turned out to be true, but moreso.) that Hal Turner may be an FBI informant.
Yes, let me say that again: HAL TURNER may be working for the FBI.
If this is true, it is the equivalent of the FBI hiring a bombmaker to make bombs, to hand said bombs to mad bombers, and then to turn around and tell the FBI which bombers he gave bombs to. Because, of course, he’s proved himself to be such an upstanding citizen in the first place.
*My opinion remains that a woman should be able to do what she wants with her body, whether or not I approve of it and that, if prostitutes were able to have a public voice–which they’d have if prostitution were legal–they could spearhead for themselves the reforms they need.