I’ve heard folks complain that some laws simply “legislate morality” and as such, those laws should be stricken. After all, just because my mom thinks it’s wrong to do heroin, that doesn’t make it wrong for others, right? Well, I hate to break it to you, but all of our laws legislate morality, and it seems like prostitution is a more obvious piece of moral legislation than most. After all, everyone can agree that rape and molestation are wrong, but the grey areas involve crimes that do not, on their face, harm others. The Libertarian in me says, hey, if you want to inject yourself with enough heroin to have a Near Death Experience, go for it (NDE for short, and, doesn’t it legitimize things when a string of words has an acronym? Yes, it does, don’t fight it). The problem is, how far are you willing to take this idea that an individual’s drug abuse doesn’t affect anyone else? (aren’t we all ‘connected’?) I’m guessing that most heroin addicts have no medical insurance to pay for the ambulance ride to the morgue, so the rest of us end up paying for someone else’s rock star lifestyle. And yes, you can find a better analysis of this topic in some overpriced college textbook in philosophy, political “science”, or religious studies, but I prefer a band called Cake:
“Aging black leather and hospital bills, Tattoo removal and dozens of pills. Your liver pays dearly now for youthful magic moments, but rock on completely with some brand new components.
. . .How can you afford your Rock N’ Roll lifestyle? . . .Excess ain’t rebellion, you’re drinking what they’re selling” – Rock n Roll Lifestyle, Cake
One of the “crimes” that I think shouldn’t be a crime is prostitution. The previous sentence may offend all the good people out there, but I’m just saying, consenting adults should be allowed to pay for basic human needs. Why reserve the basics for paraplegics who can afford sex surrogates? What I do like, though, is the idea of health insurance companies paying for sex, it’s what Marvin Gaye was talking about in his track Sexual Healing, right? Continue Reading