Sunday, June 5, 2011

One Strong Belief #Trust30

The third challenge in the #Trust30 Challenge is inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote - 'It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude'.

Buster Benson poses the challenge - What's one strong belief you possess that isn't shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?
Wow what a challenge. A true challenge.

I believe in and have passion for a lot of things but most of them are shared by at least some of my friends. 

I seriously sat here thinking about this for over half an hour. I then went to bed making sure I had a notebook and pen on my bedside table.

It came to me this morning. The mister and I had spoken about it last Saturday on our date night so it definitely is a strong belief of mine. I'm not saying my close friends and family don't believe in it rather I haven't made this very public.

I believe that street prostitution should be legalised in certain 'safe' areas. These would be a street in entertainment precincts that included security, a nurse/doctor room, rooms to have sex in, and education facilities so the women can get out of the industry through education, if wanted. I believe this would be safe for everyone involved. 

Street prostitutes are not safe. They are usually the desperate girls, the lost girls, and even the enlightened girls who believe that brothels aren't always the best place to work. These girls know they are risking their lives every time they step out onto the street but they are willing to. Shouldn't the government be willing to help them? 

My proposal is like the red light district in Amsterdam but safer and not as seedy. I have my original proposal tucked away somewhere but it was over six years ago so I can't remember the intricate details but that is pretty much the gist of it. 

I know what everyone reading this is thinking 'where's the money going to come from'. Sponsors, government and, when I'm a millionaire, me. I will be a millionaire, multi, one day.

I understand that there is a stigma surrounding prostitution but it's not going away, it's the most ancient profession. I also understand that some people think it's demeaning to women but I think it's empowering. I believe it could be liberating. I also believe that if someone thinks it is demeaning and they prostitute themselves then they need help and we shouldn't turn our backs on them. They are people too and could easily be someone we know.

That is my belief. I know it is debatable especially as a lot of people don't view prostitution and prostitutes as I do and that's fine. It won't stop me believing in this and I'm not here to say your belief is wrong or try to convert you to my belief, I'm simply saying this is my belief and no one else's.


  1. Actually I totally agree with you. Why shouldn't prostitutes have a safe place/area to work in? They ARE providing a service, no matter what people say or think of them.

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  3. this IS a tough challenge. I am racking my brains here, trying to think what I would find to write for this challenge. I would need a good long time to think about it. Very impressed with you not only coming up with something but also having the courage to write about it - this is a controversial subject for some, yes? But I do find I am nodding my head in agreement as I read - I think that the Amsterdam example is something we should pay attention to. Don't they have a much lower sex and drug crime rate? I am not sure of all the facts, so better stop there...

    Also stopping by to thank you for joining up to Write On Wednesdays at Digital Parents and to let you know that if you are still keen, the first writing exercise should be ready to go this Tues/Wed. Looking forward to reading more of you blog! Gill xo

  4. You know what? I'm probably one of those people that would say " where would we get the money ? "... bu that doesnt mean i think its a bad idea.

    Nor do i think badly of prostitution - i also think it must be empowering for those who consciously choose it ( but for those who choose it as a last, desperate resort, it must be somewhat demoralising... ) and that those men and women deserve to able to practice their trade in a safe work environment.

    So kudos to you Ames for giving voice to an issue most people on gloss over, or daren't talk about at all in case they offend someone else. Great thought provoking post!


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