One of the hardest things in life is being a man. Seriously. It must be so exhausting making 23 cents more than women. Even more difficult is having feminism ruin a man’s sex life. Ugh, I couldn’t imagine a life filled with such hardships.
Luckily, the patriarchy has Dr. Catherine Hakim keeping the bigotry alive. Hakim has previously argued for marital couples to cheat on one another, and in her most recent published paper, she attributes feminism to sexually unsatisfied men.
The paper claims that as more women gain economic independence, their desires to have sex will decrease, leading men to pay for prostitutes, so we should just decriminalize prostitution.
With this theory comes the assumption that men have a sexual desire “manifested at least twice as often as female desire.” Clearly Hakim is relying on ancient research, because the women I know (including myself) are just as horny as any man. The only reason it seems women do not have a strong sexual desire is because we’ve been taught since the beginning of time to be “virginal” and to downplay what we’re feeling. After all, innocence is more desirable than being a “harlot.”
Sarah Green, the acting director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition put it perfectly when she said in an interview, “A contemporary teenager could explain to the author how and why men make greater claims about their sexual interests and experiences and women downplay theirs.”
Fortunately for women, Telegraph writer, Rebecca Reid points out the flaw in Hakim’s argument by saying the sex toy industry is dominated by females. Even Fifty Shades of Grey sold around 100 million copies with women readership outweighing men’s. Women want sex, and we want it in a legal way.
Along side these views is Hakim’s argument that stopping prostitution is almost impossible, but if we decriminalize it, we will reduce the numbers significantly (and prevent rapes and other sexual crimes).
There is no definitive proof that legal prostitution will lower sexual crimes, and this assumption is terrifying. Furthermore, justifying prostitution almost makes justifying rape okay, and obviously it’s not.
To read the madness in full, click here. If you agree with Hakim and her views of decriminalizing prostitution, leave your comments below.
Original article via International British Times.
Photo via the Telegraph and Huffington Post.
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