Whose Body is it Anyway? Argumentative Essay by Suzannah

Whose Body is it Anyway?
An argumentative paper supporting the legalization of prostitution in the US.
# 147690 | 1,618 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jun 15, 2011 in Law (General) , Gender and Sexuality (General) , Ethics (General)

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This paper addresses the issue of whether prostitution should be legalized by reflecting on the way in which a common sense of morality continues to be shaped by cultural and traditional beliefs, thus denying people their human rights within the sexual arena. It argues that American notions of morality remain firmly entrenched in a cultural outlook that emerged from the religious idealism that has shaped U.S. law and legislation since its foundation. Instead of constructing a nation in association with the broad ideals of the American Dream, as was the vision of the Founding Fathers, the United States has been built on a Christian form of morality, thus condemning all practices and life styles that are not in accordance with its strict moral base. The paper concludes that since morality is socially constructed and that not all people share the same beliefs, prostitution should be legalized.

Conceptions of the American Dream

From the Paper:

"The United States was founded on the notions of freedom of speech, religion and trade. Indeed, the freedom of self-expression and religion are specifically mentioned in the Constitution and are understood as being inalienable rights, thus raising the question of why two consenting adults should be forbidden from making a sex contract? While the Founding Fathers may have envisioned a land in which all individuals shared the same rights and benefits, such a utopia remains a dream. Instead, American laws were primarily established in association with the religious beliefs of those in power, thus suggesting that American culture has been shaped by such notions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bovard, James. Article Title: "Safeguard Public Health: Legalize Contractual Sex."Magazine Title: Insight on the News. Volume: 11. Issue: 9. Publication Date: February 27, 1995. Page Number: 18+. COPYRIGHT 1995 News World Communications, Inc.; COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
  • Cornell University School Law (2011). Online article: "Rove v. Wade." Retrieved 06/03/2011 from:<http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0410_0113_ZS.html>
  • Hooker, Richard (1996). Online article: "The European Enlightenment." Retrieved 06/03/2011 from:<http://public.wsu.edu/~dee/ENLIGHT/PREPHIL.HTM>
  • Liberator, Mark (2005). Online article: "Legalized Prostitution." Retrieved 06/03/2011 from:<http://liberator.net/articles/prostitution.html>
  • Raymond, Janice G. Online article: "10 Reasons for not legalizing prostitution." Published by Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International (CATW), March 25, 2003. Retrieved 06/03/2011 from:<http://www.prostitutionresearch.com/laws/000022.html>

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