CMN 3105: Lecture #13 Nov 12th 2013
Media Biases and Prostitution
Review of Polygamy Articles:
Principal based ethicists▯
The rhetoric of harm trumps everything▯ this will allow legal systems to listen to your view and overrides
Weizter▯ his view is not a one size fits all.
For moral crusaders it is NOT about balancing the good and the harm , it is about ostracizing the
behaviour at all costs.
Social harm ▯ external motive
I don’t like these people▯ internal motive ( must keep this in check if one wants to persuade/ be published in
Prostitution is portrayed as an “unqualified evil,” and crusaders see their mission as a righteous enterprise
in both symbolic terms (redrawing moral standards) and instrumental terms (providing relief for victims and
punishing evil doers).
To get public sympathy and political attention, moral crusaders often rely on “horror stories” or “atrocity
tales” as a form of hyperbolic inflation.
The rhetoric revolves around:
A) saving lives
B) defending women’s freedom
C) stamping out the global sex trade, which is deemed immoral, a threat to the family, and oppressive to
#1 Prostitution is evil:
problem with this stance= oes not lend itself to evaluation with empirical evidence. #2 violence is omnipresent in prostitution:
The problem with this claim is that those being interviewed for information are part of “convenience
They were either known to be abused beforehand or were involved in organizations committed to getting
women out of prostitution.
#3: The customers are the personification of evil.
However, research on customers cautions against making sweeping generalizations.
#4: #4: Sex workers lack agency and could never provide proper consent for such acts.
Consent=nonconsent, nobody would possibly agree to this unless you are brainwashed
The prohibitionists to not what to hear the good stories▯ only the horror stories.
#5: Prostitution is really sextrafficking:
No empirical Data