TITLE

Prostitution and the Ideal State. A Defense of a Policy of Vigilance

AUTHOR(S)
Vicente, Agustin
PUB. DATE
April 2016
SOURCE
Ethical Theory & Moral Practice;Apr2016, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p475
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The debate concerning prostitution is centered around two main views: the liberal view and the radical feminist view. The typical liberal view is associated with decriminalization and normalization of prostitution; radical feminism stands in favor of prohibition or abolition. Here, I argue that neither of the views is right. My argument does not depend on the plausible (or actual) side effects of prohibition, abolition, or normalization; rather, I am concerned with the ideals involved. I will concede to liberals their claim that prostitution is not harmful in itself. Yet, I will argue that prostitution cannot be thought of as 'just another job'. Even if prostitution is not harmful in itself, it can do much harm. I will argue that a policy of vigilance is the most adequate one to adopt with regard of prostitution, given the risk of harm associated with prostitution. A policy of vigilance tries to discriminate between those who take a certain course of action willingly and those who do not. It puts no restraints on those who exercise their genuine will, but protects those who are openly or subtly coerced.
ACCESSION #
114309019

 

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