Private Practice

On Private Practice Wednesday evening, the show moralized about prostitution and how the women were being exploited because, even though they were adults making adult decisions, they were damaged people (eg, victims of child abuse) and therefore incapable of making good decisions…


Look, everybody has baggage. Each and every one of us is capable of making bad decisions, based on our past experiences and upbringing. For example, do we cut drug addicts any slack because they made the bad decision to have fun by trying cocaine, meth, or heroin?

Do we say that adults who choose a life of crime were victims of their past?

These are adults making adult decisions. How they got to this place where they make bad choices is irrelevant. While we may think they are “damaged” and deserving of help, they are no less responsible for their decisions.

Prostitution as a trade is neither moral nor immoral. It is a profession based on the principle of supply and demand. Religious admonition has no place here.

There are practical considerations that need to be addressed, such as STDs and violence from out-of-control “johns.” But these are solvable problems.

In the show, college girls were hooking in order to pay for their expensive education. This is not as uncommon as you might think. And certainly no one can say that all these college women were victims of sexual abuse.

Adults making adult decisions.

Why is prostitution being made the scapegoat here? Why is it immoral? Why do we judge these college women, or any other woman who chooses to sell her body? It is commerce, nothing more and nothing less.


(This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)