California’s economic state can be described in one word: despondent.
Something has to be done to revive the state's financial situation, and fast. Well, the medium for financial conversance is simple. It’s an industry that has been around since the beginning of mankind and will stay around until the end of it. Legalize prostitution.
There’s an old Hollywood saying that goes, “There’s no business like show business.” Whoever said that clearly had no knowledge of hoe business. In the land of Silicone Valley, the porn hub of America, prostitution is still illegal. What sense does that make? It’s illegal for a man to pay a woman to have sex with him - unless they put it on camera.
When I talk of prostitution there’s a negative stigma associated with it, but why? Why do we feel the need to tell a grown woman that she can’t use her body to generate a profit? Why do we put these women in a position where they are susceptible to be controlled by pimps who want nothing but her money and her mind?
Why do we put these women in a position where a sadistic trick can rape them or worse, kill them? Why do we put these women in a position where they are susceptible to S.T.Is that they can then spread to the tricks that lay with them? Infections that they can then spread to their wife, girlfriend, or mistress, depending on how he gets down?
Because we believe it’s morally wrong for a woman to sell her body? It’s morally wrong for pharmaceutical companies to spend millions of dollars in advertising drugs that can do more harm than good to its users. It’s morally wrong for tobacco companies to sell a product, which serves only to addict and kill its user. It’s morally wrong for a nation to set up a multi-billion dollar a year industry based on incarceration. Yet these are all legal practices that occur everyday that are far more harmful than sex.
Prostitution is a victimless crime. Who is being harmed from this act? Legalizing prostitution under certain parameters can eliminate all the dangers that come with it.
Make it legal in certain shops that have obtained proper licensing. Make sure that all hookers and johns undergo STD testing before they engage in sexual activity. Mandate a security presence at all whorehouses to ensure the prostitutes' safety. Finally, make sure the girls get a generous percentage of the income they generate. This will allow for a fun, safe, and adventurous environment for adults.
California absolutely needs a new industry right now. The State can look at Nevada, Amsterdam or Australia as an example of how the industry can benefit the state. Not only will it generate millions of dollars of much needed tax revenue, the tourism generated from it will also increase revenue of other businesses in the state.
It’s not like I’m suggesting a completely unnatural act. Our bodies are genetically engineered to procreate and survive. Sex is just as natural as breathing. Therefore, any stigma that has been associated with consensual sex has been wrongly attached.
We label whores as shameless, irresponsibly promiscuousness, and dirty, yet we look at their male doppelgangers with praise and admiration. In the 21st century, there is no reason that we should continue to live under this double standard.
California is been viewed as America’s liberal epicenter. As a country, we are gradually moving towards a more open minded and accepting society. Frankly these new ways of thinking and acting will ultimately make for a more effective society. California has so much to lose and everything to gain from legalizing prostitution. I challenge anyone to name one good reason why California should not say hello to the hoe business.
Garvey Ashhurst is a young up and coming poet, songwriter, and blogger. He is the reason that the system is afraid of a black man in a library. His aim is not to be Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, or Ghandi, but he hopes to make them proud by keeping their ideals alive through his lifestyle. He hopes that one day young brothers will one day say I want to be the next him.