On scantily-clad women and prostitutes

Before you read any further, please note that it is not my intention to pass judgement on anyone. I am merely musing aloud and considering the different sides of a coin. Kthx.

Recently, a blogger received flak from the blogging community for posting a picture of a sexily-dressed woman and calling her a prostitute. The blogger has since removed the post.

For background, you can read the following posts:
A prostitute takes the bus (cached page)
Cowboy Caleb Killed A Sex Blog Yesterday
Sex blogging can ruin your offline reputation

Okay, my thoughts on this.

First side of the coin:

I applaud people for stepping out and defending the integrity of sexily-dressed women. The general consensus is that you can’t assume a woman is a prostitute just because she’s scantily clad. I couldn’t agree more.

Women should be able to dress however they like without having people pass judgement on them. In fact, I have so many readers requesting that I stop wearing cutesy outfits and start wearing more sexy outfits. Will they call me a prostitute if I did that? I don’t think so.

Other side of the coin:

Do you people realise that, by defending the sexy woman taking the bus, we are dissing prostitutes? We are saying that prostitution is such an unsavory profession that you’re insulting a woman by calling her a prostitute. But, by saying that, aren’t we insulting prostitutes?

Admittedly, prostitution has always had a negative aura around it, but that isn’t really the point. I just find it amusing that, by trying not to stereotype sexily-dressed women, we end up stereotyping prostitutes.

Consider this statement: “Just because a woman dresses sexily, it doesn’t mean she’s a prostitute!”

By displaying a tolerance towards sexily-dressed women, you are in fact negating the very same tolerance by offhandedly condeming prostitutes.

Hilarious, right?

If the blogger had posted a picture of a woman in a suit taking a bus and said, “A lawyer takes the bus”, nobody will raise any hell over it because lawyers are respectable and being called a lawyer could even be a compliment.

Why the rubbish is that?

Sure, I have on occasion stereotyped and made jokes about prostitutes, but I bear them no malice and, really, when I think about it, they’re just doing a job. If anyone should be condemned, it should be the people who create the demand for prostitutes in the first place.

So… let’s not stereotype sexily-dressed women. Let’s not stereotype prostitutes. Let’s love your neighbours and promote world peace and live happily forever more.

Riiiight.