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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Government, church legalizes prostitution across the world

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That headline is not a typo. It is not an error. It is a fact.

Stone. Cold. Solid. Fact.

Regular readers of this blog have sense enough to not call me a liar. They will keep reading to see what kinda point I am gonna make. For the new people reading, you may call me a fabricator of fantasy and say the US federal, every state and local government with that power, Canadian and other governments have not legalized prostitution nor has any church.

Wanna bet? Betcha I can out-monkey wrench you...

A formality first. There are two kinds of law under discussion here:

Government fiat law. This is law those running government make.

Ecclesiastic law. Law of the church.

M'kay? Monkey wrench time - Sometimes the two are the same.

Now, define prostitution. I'll help ya. Google's first result:

pros·ti·tu·tionˌ prästəˈt(y)o͞oSHən/
noun: prostitution -
1) the practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment.
2) the unworthy or corrupt use of one's talents for the sake of personal or financial gain.
Synonyms. the sex trade, the sex industry, whoring, streetwalking, sex tourism; the oldest profession, hooking, hustling;

Let's stick with the first definition.

Here's the where yer gonna need some lube (heh heh) and the next monkey wrench.

Two people have sex. At some point money is exchanged.

Is this prostitution? Are you sure?

MW time. The two people are married and have sex one night. The next morning Partner A gives Partner B $20.

Prostitution?

"Baker, yer not being fair. You didn't state they were married."

Ok. They are not married, according to government law. Prostitution?

Here flies another Primate Hand Tool. What about Mormon marriages in which one man has multiple wives? Statutory law says this is illegal, but case law says statutory law can take a flying leap. The First Amendment covers that one. Under ecclesiastic law, they are married.

Posit they are not married under any law. Partner A gives Partner B money. Prostitution? Monkey wrench. What if they are living together and share the expenses of running a household?

Lean this way. I have another monkey wrench. What is "payment?" Cash? Moola? Deniro? Dead presidents? Certainly. As Grandpa called 'em, here's a Stilson Wrench. Can payment be something else? It certainly can for me. I have performed various kinds of work and received food, guns, fishing gear etc etc etc instead of money.

So define payment as "cash, goods or services received in exchange for something." That "something" can be anything, including cash, goods and services. And sex. Yes indeedy! Sex!"

Cash for sex. Simple enough.

Lemme monkey wrench you again.

Partner A and Partner B are married. This is a heterosexual marriage performed in a church by a genuine minister with the necessary state licenses properly obtained, filled out and recorded. As married as two people can get.

They make the beast with two backs. Is this prostitution?

"Baker, you are a blithering idiot. Of course not." At least some of you are thinking that. Some veteran readers are waiting for the Howler Monkey Wrench to come flying through space.

Some people get and stay married for the security and benefits a marriage provides. This can be economic (money), emotional, mental, physical or some other form of benefit and security. Whether or not these people like sex, they have sex in order to preserve the marriage. In other words, these people are exchanging sex for a "something" which can include money.

No sex, no "something."

Is this prostitution? Sex is being exchanged for money. They may be married, but the base equation remains.

What's the real difference between a person who has sex with many people for money to make a living and one person who has sex with one person for money to make a living?
Anna Nicole Smith (dead) and her equally dead husband.
Governments around the world and every church I know sanctions unions between two people for strictly economic reasons. Money is why they got married. One has it and one doesn't. No money, no marriage. Sex for money.

How many people does one person have to sleep with, in exchange for money, before that person is a prostitute? How much money must change hands?

Reality says we've already established who is and who ain't a prostitute. Now we're just negotiating a price.

Reality says prostitution is, was and will be legal. Some folks can't handle reality.

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