[Marxism] Prostitution and socialism

Bonnie Weinstein giobon at comcast.net
Sat Jun 30 13:24:22 MDT 2012


Dear comrades,

I think this is a serious question. I think the solution--with prostitution and drug addiction--is to decriminalize them. Not to make them legal, and continue the exploitation, legally; but to treat these street crimes and addictions as a disease. And, of course, to demand jobs, education and other social services to help those who are caught up in these activities to get out of them. 

Certainly, jail is not the answer--it not only punishes the person in jail, putting their lives on hold, but it punishes their whole family. And even the decriminalization of these activities is not the final answer. The final answer, of course, is a world socialist revolution that would end the need to earn money off the misery of other fellow workers. The cause of drug addiction, prostitution and most other "crimes" carried out by the poor against the poor is the poverty enforced by the slavery of capitalism. Rich people steal from the poor and from each other. The poor don't steal from the rich in any significant way--they never get the chance. The wealth of the rich is protected by the state--the police, the military, etc.

The question as to how a socialist organization should handle these issues is to demand the decriminalization of these behaviors and full, free social services for the rehabilitation of those involved. I don't agree that people don't know of the dangers of these activities or that it is "the party's" responsibility to point out the danger of these activities. Those who are in involved are well aware of the dangers but are in denial because they see it as their only road to survival. They put the dangers out of their minds out of psychological necessity! Because, the fact is, there are no alternatives for them, no free education or good-paying jobs available to them.

Not to mention, that most of those who participate in these activities have already been deeply wounded by the very lives they were born into in this sick society of capitalist slavery. Many stood no chance of doing well in school or learning a good-paying trade. These people need extra social services to help them to realize their true potential. To make them see that they have all kinds of other abilities and talents. 

The drug addicted and the prostitute need more services, more help all across the board. Just like the schools that the children of the poor attend should have smaller classrooms, the very best teachers. They should have tutors and there should be aid to their families like free healthcare including eye and dental needs, good housing that meets the needs of each family, meals and childcare and activities for their children. Need I say that food, housing, education and healthcare should be free to all who need it!

The role of "the party" (and by that I mean a revolutionary socialist party based upon the working class and its allies) should be to educate workers about how capitalism breeds exploitation, poverty and illness among the poor and, most of all, how we workers actually do have the power to change all this for the benefit of all!

Basically, comrades, capitalism has to go! The only solution is world socialist revolution! And, there ain't much time left, folks!

Comradely,

Bonnie Weinstein


On Jun 30, 2012, at 10:37 AM, Ken Ranney wrote:

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> I am wondering about what should be the socialist attitude to prostitution in general, and specifically in relation to the risk of disease from contact with prostitutes.
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> Recently I introduced a resolution to a convention of the Socialist Party of Ontario.  The resolution did not condemn prostitution but stipulated that an SPO government would publicize the hazards associated with paid sexual encounters while emphasizing the relatively high prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in people who trade sex for money.
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> The reaction was as though I had touched a raw nerve.  There was strong condemnation and outright hostility.  A more moderate member called for referral of the resolution to a committee, and I moved that the motion be tabled. .  Both motions were resisted in no uncertain terms.
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> The resolution was submitted because the media of the rich do not tell us of the hazards of prostitution, and it seems to me an elementary kindness to inform unsuspecting people.  Kindness is an essential part of my agenda for socialism
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> My feeling is that those who resist telling the truth about prostitution, about which it seems they have very little information, have been brainwashed by the capitalist media into thinking that prostitution is benign.  They seem to like the term "sex trade", currently in vogue in the capitalist media, which to me is a contradiction in terms.
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> I should perhaps point out that I am a retired physician, that I spent 11 years in general practice following which I became a pathologist and eventually laboratory director, and that microbiology was one of the services for which I was responsible.
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> I'm interested to know what you think.
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