Pro Legalization, Porn, and Prostitution

The response many have toward things they find offensive, such as, Rap Music, Public Nudity, Pornography, and Prostitution seems outrageous to me when they decide it all simply needs to go away. Damned be the result, but just get it out of my sight as if it were a bug I was just startled by. To hell with whether people’s rights are being ignored, dismissed, or trampled upon, we just do not like it, so hate the Federal Government and throw it out with the trash. I see politicians who seize upon these opportunities to manipulate people by taking advantage of their knee jerk reactions to win elections in the face of rational entreaties that a lot of us have, encouraging them to respect people’s Constitutional Rights. It is irresponsible and immature to encourage Americans not to consider the effects of making things illegal at the drop of a hat. For example, smoking is legal, now. Most Americans consider smoking a health issue. It is, but did you know that if you made smoking illegal, it would not just vanish into thin air? People would not stop smoking. What would happen is it would become the province of the underground. Cigarettes would be sold on the black market, and crime would rise because the underground criminal organizations do not care whether their customers go to jail or prison. They only care about making untold amounts of money with impunity, because they have established themselves quite neatly, often with the tacit agreement of corrupt cops. The deal is that if you make something illegal, that means, plainly more money for the criminal justice system. It is unethical to make money off of crime, but that is how these sneaky politicians do it. They get you to think that cigarettes, rap music, pornography, prostitution, and public nudity are posing such dangers to society that anyone who dares indulge him or herself in any of these, (and they use hyperbolic terms) “VICES” should be thought of as a bad person. They encourage people who do not participate in fundamentalist religions (for example, with cigarettes) that even they can get on the band wagon and hate VICE. Banning cigarettes is the sneakiest example I have seen so far. In a country in which we can choose to be religious or not, you have these, “ambulance chaser-like” politicians managing to convince otherwise intelligent people that they, too can believe. They take advantage of men and women who are hard working by trying to appeal to their sense of goodness. Good versus evil, right? Do you think it is always easy to tell the difference between good and evil? Do you not go to your therapist or preacher or teacher to ask him or her to help you figure it out? That is because we cannot always tell at first glance what is good and what is bad. It does not make you ignorant or stupid. It means that you are busy, you have familial obligations, and that you cannot possibly figure everything out on your own. It is why the expression, “there are no stupid questions” has value. My mother taught me that after I graduated from college, I was not to behave as if I knew it all. I was to learn how to ask better questions and how to look things up. She taught me that I was to think before I acted. At sixty-five years of age, my mother was still using the dictionary to look words up, and her IQ was above normal.

I am imploring people to consider what I have said in consideration of this year’s election, because there are several Propositions on the ballots that are trying to just do away with these so called, “VICES.” Some are local, some are statewide, and some are national. I do not want the condom initiative to pass in Los Angeles, because it will drive pornography underground and out of L.A. It is bad for business and bad for the industry. The laws in place, now are sufficient in dealing with health issues and porn stars. I do not want Proposition 35 in California to pass, either. If there is a chance that one victim of Human Trafficking be branded a sex offender, it needs to be re-written. In addition, this Proposition, if passed will perpetuate the myth that only poor, mostly Hispanic women become Prostitutes and should be dealt with as criminals, not victims. It is racist, elitist, and hateful. It is another example of America’s hegemonic obsession. It suggests that only white, American women deserve to be treated as worthy of having rights. I am white, myself, and I have never considered my value to be higher than any other woman on Earth simply because of the color of my skin. If you do not like cigarettes, then do not smoke. Otherwise, you are suggesting that people who smoke or do drugs of any kind be treated as inferior and as criminals. I mentioned my mother. Her IQ was 160, and she had addiction issues. She smoked for a large part of her life. I never thought that she became an addict, because she was dumb. We have gone from the Rehabilitative model in the 1970’s to the Retributive one, now, and it is not working, because we treat all things distasteful as if they are sins and not social issues. We use, “shaming,” public or otherwise to condemn productive, intelligent, and interesting people. We turn Freedom of Expression and Speech into trivialities when they are cornerstones of our stalwart Democracy. Please, before you decide to set fire to the Constitution, simply because you need to get things off your desk, read about these serious issues and do the right thing, even though you may think it is easy to see the difference. It is not so easy.

Thank you,

Stephanie J. Golden, B.S.W., M.S.R.C.