Technically Speaking


The Whore Of The Bronx may have a point, for once:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Tuesday declared that “sex work is work”

We need to examine her statement a little.  Let’s postulate that “work” is something you do that you’d rather not do with strangers, for money.

Which sounds like every job I’ve ever had in my entire life.


    1. A particularly good classification for politicians,
      who are paid by third parties to screw us.

  1. In my youth I had a girlfriend who was convinced by one of her friends to try being a “Dancer” at a downtown Bar owned by someone she knew. Both of them had only narrowly graduated high school and displaying their considerable “assets” was their most marketable skillset. I’m not so sure that ” rather not do with strangers” was a valid description their mindset. It’s more that they previously had no access to people who wanted to help them find a better entry level job with some future potential where they could make anywhere near as much $. ( all cash – and not reported ) It was more money than their parents made.

    The turn over in that line of work is very high. The girls usually either find a “Sugar – Daddy” — or save enough $ to get out …… or the third option is not so good.

    That kind of work frequently ends badly. Both girls I knew escaped after about 6 months.

    The main problem is the sleazy people who exploit the girls. Legalizing will change nothing except makeing the people who run the business more bold.

    1. What would the situation be if the unemployment office said that was the job you had to take?
      What is Government-based pimping called? I wonder if this is happening in Germany where prostitution is legal?

      1. In pre-war Japan, they called you a “Comfort Worker”, and in many cases it was a death-sentence, particularly if you were “recruited” from the occupied countries/territories.

        I served in the USAF in the ’60’s, and some of my fellow members told of being stationed at outposts in Turkey that were co-located with Turkish Prisons for women, which were brothels for the convenience of them and the Turkish Army base across the wire.

  2. I’ve occasionally made the comparison between professional sports players and prostitutes – i.e. they both exploit their bodies for money. In the case of athletes they are celebrated for ingesting steroids and engaging in brutal contact sports that can cause life-long injuries and end their career early. To spend a few years in the limelight making great money and the rest of your life hobbling around crippled is a choice they made. Is prostitution a worse choice? Assuming it’s really a choice and not forced trafficking.

      1. Having spent most of my 35 year career as an IT consultant, I had the following sign on the wall for decades:

        I’m not allowed to run the train, the whistle I can’t blow
        I’m not allowed to say how far the railroad cars will go
        I’m not allowed to shoot off steam, or even clang the bell
        But let it jump the God-damned track and see who catches Hell.

  3. Much depends on wha t “legalization” would entail. There’s a big area between crime and commerce that seems to attract politicians – who generally are too stupid for the one and too cowardly for the other.
    Hmmm. I wonder which is which.

  4. I’ve always been pretty libertarian when it comes to prostitution, but have become less so as so many of those “workers” wind up being trafficked; a shocking number of them are children. There are more people enslaved today than at any time in human history. If you’re feeling charitable, you could do worse than contributing to Tim Ballard’s non-profit: Operation Underground Railroad.

    1. I’m agnostic on ‘Sex Trafficking’. In the first place, is sounds, looks, and smells an awful lot like the ‘White Slavery’ panics of the Victorian and Edwardian eras (there were several). Historians (including back before all History Departments got the Woke dementia) have long concluded that all this White Slavery panics were largely based on middle class women who couldn’t play the ‘do as I say or you don’t get any’ game if the men they were trying to control could skive off down to the local brothel and get their ashes hauled. Since modern Feminists clearly and loudly want to control all male access to sex, the resurgence of the White Slavery narrative with the serial numbers filed off doesn’t surprise me.

      In the second place, every time I dig into a Big Story about a win by the forces of Good against the Evil Traffickers, it turns out that there is a lot of complication that spoils the narrative.

      In the third place, several prominent Anti-trafficking activists have been shown to be frauds. Not that this stops them, any more than being exposed seems to stop third rate televangelists.

      And lastly, I note that most of the evils that Trafficking supposedly visits on women would be ameliorated if prostitution were legal. A woman who is trafficked now cannot go to the law without being arrested for prostitution.

      I may be wrong. Actual sexual slavery certainly exists; much of Islam is based on it. But I don’t think it is anywhere near as widespread in the West as the panic-mongers would have us believe, and I think that the panic distracts from actual issues such as Islamic treatment of women.

      1. There are none so blind as those who will not see. I admit to being mystified at your knee jerk race pandering. Go to youtube & type Tim Ballard into the search utility. You can watch any number of ops he’s conducted all over the world, not a whole lot of white victims being liberated. Whitey tends to be the perpetrator, though. America is the largest – by far – consumer/driver of this evil.

    1. I think that almost all ‘illegal drugs’ should be legalized. Not the ‘it’s still illegal to sell, but not to use’ nonsense now making its way around Wokeland, but actually legalized. In so far as I understand the data (and I admit I may be wrong) the vast majority of ‘overdoses’ are caused by uncertain strength and quality, which legalization would solve. Worse, a lot of ‘opiate overdose’ cases are a matter of Overdosing on the Tylenol (or generic) that the government insist (or insisted, they may have changed) be mixed with legal opiates. Yes, junkies are sad, wasted people. I’m not convinced that the War on Drugs, which has been waged to some level my entire lifetime without noticeably choking off supplies, is addressing that at all. It costs a lot of money, it inspires erosion of civil rights (No-Knoch Warrants, civil forfeiture), and doesn’t seem to accomplish much.

      And, hell, if legalization turns out to be a mistake, we could change back.

  5. As Ralph in The Sopranos would say: “C’mon, she was just a who-ah!, for goodness sake!”

  6. Can we get Kamala Harris to weigh in on if this is really work? Considering her experience with getting her career off of the ground by servicing Willie Brown, she could provide some insight.

    THe libertarian side of me says legalize and regulate it but the industry is too prone to kidnapping, trafficking in people, drugs etc.


    1. > THe libertarian side of me says legalize and regulate it but the industry is too
      > prone to kidnapping, trafficking in people, drugs etc.

      The last three are already illegal. All that you do (in those cases) by legalizing it is make the victims less fearful about coming forward.

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