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Tired of waiting for CoRo to get their act together and put up some more dates for their upcoming UK tour, I've just gone ahead and booked my flights. Not my train ticket to Liverpool yet, because for some reason Qjump won't work from my PC at home. Oh well.

So, if there's going to be more shows and they fall outside of my visit: tough. I'll just have to learn to live with that.

Interesting article in the newspaper today: apparently, in Italy, they are now convinced that we have just sanctioned the murder of small children in our laws . This isn't the first time the Italians get it wrong, get on their high horse and denounce us for a morally defective, ethically suspect and criminally insane nation. Whatever the issue, whether it be legalisation of prostitution, gay marriage, or abortion, the Italians are quick to devote reams of articles and precious minutes of prime time television with ill-informed diatribe against the Dutch -- and it all has one source: the Osservatore Romano. Which has its own agenda: a world-wide return to the state where God was not only in His heaven, but present here on earth and living in the Vatican.

I am a Catholic. But I see no harm in allowing prostitutes to ply their trade without having to fear exploitation by pimps or brutality by police, or stigmatisation by the public at large (while their clients get off with a slap on the wrist at most); of reducing the risk of not just AIDS but the spread of any STD by advocating the use of condoms; by allowing men and women, all things considered, whether they wish their bodies to be kept alive, hooked up to machines, when all brain functions have ceased or deteriorated so badly that they can only remain in a vegetative state for years; for gay couples to have the same rights as different sex couples (mainly in the areas of inheritance, family and tax laws); and for anyone to make up their own mind about any of these issues, and speak it freely.

And for the record: there are no Mengeles going around Dutch hospitals routinely injecting overdoses into helpless babies, invalids, mental patients and old people with impunity and without so much as a by your leave.


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Feb. 5th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
Have you read any of ginmar's rants against prosititution?

I agree with her fundemental point that it legitimises a male belief of women as objects, there to serve their lusts or else. But being against its legalisation on that basis doesn't deal with the real world. Prostitution won't go away, and it makes sense to hve some control over it.

Still it does seem a bit icky to me to have government sanction for the sale of sex.
Feb. 5th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
government sanction for the sale of sex

Government sanction? There is no government sanction. It's just not against the law. I don't even know if it ever was.

I can only see the advantages of it being regarded as a service as any other. It can be regulated -- Health and Safety rules applied. Men and women who prostitute themselves, and their customers, are protected against exploitation, intimidation, and blackmail. They can go to the police and have full protection of the law if they so require. Their income is taxed, same as everyone else's, and benefits the whole community in that way.

Of course, it's not all rosey. There are these gangsopearting that bring in women from the former Soviet states or from South America, who don't know their rights and are bullied into prostitution -- but the police and judiciary do everything in their power to stop this human trafficking and get the criminals convicted.
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