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Department
Communication
Course
CMN3105
Professor
Stuart Chambers
Semester
Fall

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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  everything.  Prostitution:  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   the media)  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  women. #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  samples.”  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  #
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