Julie Bindel on prostitution, again

The right of men to buy sex appears to be paramount, according to Amnesty.

No love, that’s not it at all.

It’s the right of consenting adults to do as they wish with their fiddly bits which is paramount. Anal, blow jobs, troilism, straight old missionary two backed beast, these are all things which are entirely legal for any combination of consenting adults to do (except, weirdly, I think still, three or more men with no women present in the UK) in private and often enough in near public too.

That the consent is rented from one or more of the participants for cash money does not and should not change this legal position.

It’s not to my taste, and I’m under the definite impression that it’s not to Ms. Bindel’s. But this is rather the point of this freedom and liberty shtick, that what other consenting adults wish to consent to isn’t any of our damn business.

And there, really, is an end to the argument. Prostitution should remain legal on the very simple grounds that some people are entirely happy to do it. And it ain’t your or my business to stop them.

19 thoughts on “Julie Bindel on prostitution, again”

  1. My only qualm about the argument “what is legal for free should also be legal for payment” is organ donation.

  2. I hope Julie has run this by the myriad of women who quite happily sleep with (and marry) wealthy men in order to access their wealth…………….
    I suspect a ban on men in any way remunerating the women they were currently sleeping with would soon be removed at the demands of women, not men.

  3. “I hope Julie has run this by the myriad of women who quite happily sleep with (and marry) wealthy men in order to access their wealth”

    I expect Julie despises them for sleeping with men, regardless of intention or their wealth.

    Banning men would solve nothing – the Julies of this world would have to find another excuse for their miserable lives. Sooner or later they would be forced back to confront the real problem – themselves.

  4. “If you understand Feminism as a womens’ sexual trade union, prostitutes are scabs. Hence.”

    Haha! That’s brilliant.

  5. Wasn’t it Julie Burchill (the other disagreeable one) who stated that prostitutes will be the first ones up against the wall to be shot as traitors when the sex war is over?

    Lovely people. I wish I hosted dinner parties so I could make a point of not inviting them.

  6. “The right of men to buy sex appears to be paramount, according to Amnesty.”

    And the right of lesbian feminists to control heterosexuals should be paramount according to Julie Bindel.

  7. There’s also a practical argument, which is that legalising prostitution makes it much easier to catch the people who *aren’t* consenting to it, and more importantly their pimps and traffickers.

  8. @Ben S

    My only qualm about the argument “what is legal for free should also be legal for payment” is organ donation.

    I think I’m right in saying that Tim has written a few pieces about this, and the only evidence we’ve seen so far indicates that allowing payment for organ donation massively increases the availability of organs, and hence increases people’s chance of surviving conditions that necessitate a donor organ.

  9. Bloke not in Cymru

    In Canada prostitues argued that the current laws lead to them having to work in an unsafe manner/conditions which was a breach of their human rights (oversimplified version).
    The Supreme Court agreed and we are waiting to see what the government will though they seem to be trying to figure out a way of keeping current rules rather than just giving up and regulating

  10. BNiC-

    The Canadian thing has already been resolved. They brought in the Nordic Model instead, so that it’s now the punters who are illegal. You must have missed the news.

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