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Finance jobs in Munich - where to look for work. Best ways to invest money in Germany. Trying to calculate child support payments. In the course of my clinical work I have come across men who employ sex workers because they are unable to find a partner due to pathological shyness, personality disorders, or severe mental or physical challenges. Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if accommodating partners, or professional sexual surrogates who employ sexuality exercises and psychotherapy were widely available?
Instead, such men often turn to sex workers. As a psychologist I do not judge them nor those who provide the services. Neither do I judge those men who have fulfilling sex with their partners but seek out sex workers for variety, sexual frequency, or erotic acts their partners might consider unsavoury. The job of a psychologist is to effect healing — if you criticise, patients will just walk out and not receive the treatment they need. As a woman, though, I am appalled by aspects of prostitution, especially human trafficking, prostitution of minors, and the negative effects on the children of sex workers.
In the course of my therapeutic work I have become all too familiar with the complexities of women forced into prostitution by abusive, controlling men, gangs — or by their need to support a drug habit.
A few years ago I visited the red light district in Mumbai and saw sex working conditions at their most hideous. I find it far easier to provide therapy to survivors of human trafficking than to counsel those who use or abuse them. But healing people involves providing a safe place for them to express their vileness.
Once that is achieved one can gradually educate — but not before. Take the recent, controversial Sexual Healing column. In writing acceptingly of the letter-writer's visits to sex workers, I increased the likelihood that this man would listen to my subtle warning that he was conditioning himself to having paid sex and reducing his chances of an intimate sexual relationship.
Those who felt my suggestion he seek advice about female pleasure from his next sex worker encouraged him to further burden an already disadvantaged and abused woman missed the point; this man would never have imagined he could ask a genuine question of an escort, so to display vulnerability and treat her as human being would be a step forward.
There are those who believe sex work will always be around and that the workers are the architects of their own lives — not victims as the stereotype suggests.
I have seen a certain amount of clinical evidence to support that view. But some studies have shown a high level of sexual abuse in the backgrounds of young women who enter the trade.
This raises questions about how voluntary taking up sex work is, no matter how outwardly in control the women appear. Then, many transgendered sex workers are saving up for sexual reassignment surgery; on the street this costly operation could be achieved after a couple of years, compared to a decade working in a bar.
The few male sex workers I have seen in therapy tended to suffer from mood disorders, to have a history of sexual abuse, and to be as much under physical threat from their customers as the women are. Yet this does not answer why, as a society, our views about sex workers are so polarised and volatile? Protecting women is a noble cause — but there is something else at play. Sex workers, including transgendered workers, seem threatening to many women.
Because we shy away from learning about sexual behaviour in all but the most basic terms, few of us become truly skilled in the art of giving pleasure. Is it possible that our fury at the notion of "normalising" sex workers is based on fear that they might know more about how to please a man? That all our faithfulness and "loving, wifely sex" might count for nought when the crotchless knickers come out or her blowjob sends him wilder than you could ever manage?
I once attended a lecture by a Beverly Hills sex worker for women who wanted to learn how to beat "the girls" at their own game. It was utterly illuminating and, I can assure you, I was later thanked for listening. In her reply to a man who wrote in asking for advice on his "addiction" to brothel sex , Pamela Stephenson Connolly failed to challenge any of his beliefs about prostitution or the sex industry.
Her reply gave the impression that paying for sex is as unproblematic as buying a car or eating in a restaurant. She did not question his obvious belief that sex is a right — something that all men are automatically entitled to. She did not challenge him on his use of the word "hooked" as a justification for his continued use of women in prostitution, even though it looks to me very much like a choice rather than an addiction he says he is "unlikely to give it up because [he has] great sex"....
The Biblical story of Judah and Tamar Genesis In this story the prostitute waits at the side of a highway where she waits for travelers. She covers her face in order to identify herself as a prostitute. Instead of being paid in money she asks for a kid goat.
This would have been the equivalent of a high price, showing that only the wealthy owner of numerous herds could have afforded to pay for a single sexual encounter. Under this system if the traveller does not have his cattle with him he must give valuables to the woman as a deposit until a kid goat is delivered to her. The woman in the story was not a legitimate prostitute but actually was Judah's widowed daughter-in-law, who sought to trick Judah into impregnating her.
However, since she succeeded in impersonating a prostitute her conduct can be assumed to accurately represent the behaviour of a prostitute in society during that time period. In a later Biblical story, found in the Book of Joshua , a prostitute in Jericho named Rahab assisted Israelite spies by providing them with information regarding the current socio-cultural and military situation.
Rahab was knowledgeable in these matters because of her popularity with the high-ranking nobles. The Israelite spies, in return for this information, promised to save her and her family during the planned military invasion, only if she kept the details of her contact with them a secret.
She would leave a sign on her residence that indicated to the advancing soldiers not to attack the people within. When the people of Israel conquered Canaan, she converted to Judaism and married a prominent member of the people. However the word "whore" could also be translated as "Idolatress". The first Babylonian prostitute was in a place called Hinchinopolises, which arose from the appraised Hinchin family.
At the time Hinchinapolis was the center of attraction for all travelers who came to rest in the company of the family's women, who perfected the art of satisfaction. Some ancient scrolls could tell us that the meaning of Hinchin came from the Hebrew Hinam , meaning free, because the males of the family would offer themselves for free.
Among the Aztecs , the Cihuacalli was the name given to the controlled buildings where prostitution was permitted by political and religious authorities. Cihuacalli is a Nahuatl word which means House of Women. The Cihuacalli was a closed compound with rooms, all looking over a central patio. At the center of the patio was a statue of Tlazolteotl , the goddess of purification, steam baths, midwives, filth and a patroness of adulterers.
Religious authorities believed women should work as prostitutes, if they wish, only at such premises guarded by Tlazolteotl. It was believed that Tlazolteotl had the power to incite sexual activity, while cleansing the spirit of such acts. Inca prostitutes were segregated from other people and lived under the supervision of a government agent. In ancient Greece, both women and boys engaged in prostitution.
They were required to wear distinctive dresses and had to pay taxes. Some similarities have been found between the Greek hetaera and the Japanese oiran , complex figures that are perhaps in an intermediate position between prostitution and courtisanerie. See also the Indian tawaif. Some prostitutes in ancient Greece, such as Lais were as famous for their company as their beauty , and some of these women charged extraordinary sums for their services.
Solon instituted the first of Athens' brothels oik'iskoi in the 6th century BC, and with the earnings of this business he built a temple dedicated to Aphrodite Pandemos , goddess of sexual pleasure.
Procuring, however, was severely forbidden. In Cyprus Paphus and in Corinth , a type of religious prostitution was practiced where the temple counted more than a thousand prostitutes hierodules , Gr: Each specialized category had its proper name, so there were the chamaitypa'i , working outdoor lie-down , the perepatetikes who met their customers while walking and then worked in their houses , and the gephyrides , who worked near the bridges.
In the 5th century, Ateneo informs us that the price was 1 obole , a sixth of a drachma and the equivalent of an ordinary worker's day salary. The rare pictures describe that sex was performed on beds with covers and pillows, while triclinia usually didn't have these accessories.
Male prostitution was also common in Greece. Adolescent boys usually practiced it, a reflection of the pederastic custom of the time.
Slave boys worked the male brothels in Athens, while free boys who sold their favours risked losing their political rights as adults. Prostitution in ancient Rome was legal, public and widespread. Even Roman men of the highest social status were free to engage prostitutes of either sex without incurring moral disapproval,  as long as they demonstrated self-control and moderation in the frequency and enjoyment of sex. Latin literature also often refers to prostitutes.
Real-world practices are documented by provisions of Roman law that regulate prostitution. Inscriptions , especially graffiti from Pompeii , uncover the practice of prostitution in Ancient Rome. Some large brothels in the 4th century, when Rome was becoming Christianized, seem to have been counted as tourist attractions and were possibly state-owned.
While prostitution was so widely accepted, prostitutes were often considered shameful. Most were slaves or former slaves, or if free by birth relegated to the infames , people lacking in social standing and deprived of the protections that most citizens under Roman law received.
A registered prostitute was called a meretrix while the unregistered one fell under the broad category prostibulae. There were some similarities between the Ancient Roman and Greek system, but as the Empire grew, prostitutes were often foreign slaves , captured, purchased or raised for the purpose of prostitution. This was sometimes done by large-scale "prostitute farmers" where abandoned children were raised, and almost always raised to become prostitutes.
Buyers were allowed to inspect naked men and women for sale in private and there was no stigma attached to the purchase of males by a male aristocrat. Scholars have studied the history of prostitution in India from ancient times to the present. A tawaif was a courtesan who catered to the nobility of South Asia , particularly during the era of the Mughal Empire.
These courtesans would dance, sing, recite poetry and entertain their suitors at mehfils. Like the geisha tradition in Japan, their main purpose was to professionally entertain their guests. While sex was often incidental, it was not assured contractually.
The most popular or highest-class tawaifs could often pick and choose between the best of their suitors. They contributed to music, dance, theatre, film and the Urdu literary tradition. The term devadasi originally described a Hindu religious practice in which girls were married and dedicated to a deity deva or devi.
They were in charge of taking care of the temple, performing rituals they learned and practicing Bharatanatyam and other classical Indian arts traditions. This status allowed them to enjoy a high social status. The popularity of devadasis seems to have reached its pinnacle around the 10th and 11th centuries. The rise and fall in the status of devadasis can be seen to be running parallel to the rise and fall of Hindu temples.
Due to the destruction of temples by Islamic invaders, the status of the temples fell very quickly in North India and slowly in South India. As the temples became poorer and lost their patron kings, and in some cases were destroyed, the devadasis were forced into a life of poverty and prostitution. During the British East India Company 's rule in India in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it was initially fairly common for British soldiers to engage in inter-ethnic prostitution in India , where they would frequently visit local Indian nautch dancers.
In the 7th century, the prophet Muhammad declared that prostitution is forbidden. Women and girls from the Caucasus , Africa , Central Asia and Europe were captured and served as concubines in the harems of the Arab World.
According to Shia Muslims, the prophet Muhammad sanctioned fixed-term marriage , called muta'a in Iraq and sigheh in Iran , which according to some Western writers, has allegedly been used as a legitimizing cover for sex workers, in a culture where prostitution is otherwise forbidden. However, Sunnis have fixed-term marriages, such as nikah urfi , nikah Misyar , and nikah halala. Fundamentalist Sunnis called for sexual jihad. Shias deem all sexual relations outside of proper marriage the only being nikah or nikah mutah as illegal, forbidden and against the sunnah.
Like the Shia, Sunnis regard prostitution as sinful and forbidden. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Portuguese visitors and their South Asian and sometimes African crew members often engaged in slavery in Japan , where they brought or captured young Japanese women and girls, who were either used as sexual slaves on their ships or taken to Macau and other Portuguese colonies in Southeast Asia , the Americas  and India.
Prostitution in China was due to a weak familial economy among the rural families of the country. These lives of borderline starvation drove many women out of the rural countryside to the port side cities of China. Many of the women who took part in the prostitution of China were either sold into the industry or willingly joined. Due to their lack of economic stability, parents were unable to feed all the mouths of the house and often sold their daughters into the industry.
The popularity of this industry stemmed from the over population in rural villages, and an overall life of poverty for the majority of Chinese families. In Southeast Asia, prostitution was mostly prevalent in Singapore , due to its active ports. Certain districts of Singapore were dedicated brothel districts sanctioned by the colonial governments. Merchant ships carried large crews of men, who lacked the company of women for days on end.
As these ships docked in Asian ports, like Singapore, they were drawn to the market of prostitution. This higher demand for the company of a woman created the need for these brothel districts.
From the 15th century, Chinese , Korean and other Far Eastern visitors began frequenting brothels in Japan. These mistaken assumptions were due to the Indian city of Goa being a central base for the Portuguese East India Company and also due to a significant portion of the crew on Portuguese ships being Indian Christians.
In the early 17th century, there was widespread male and female prostitution throughout the cities of Kyoto , Edo and Osaka , Japan.
Oiran were courtesans in Japan during the Edo period. To entertain their clients, oiran practiced the arts of dance, music, poetry and calligraphy as well as sexual services, and education was considered essential for sophisticated conversation. Many became celebrities of their times outside the pleasure districts. Their art and fashions often set trends among wealthy women.
The last recorded oiran was in In the early 20th century, the problem of regulating prostitution according to modern European models was widely debated in Japan. During the Middle Ages prostitution was commonly found in urban contexts.
Although all forms of sexual activity outside of marriage were regarded as sinful by the Roman Catholic Church , prostitution was tolerated because it helped prevent the greater evils of rape , sodomy and masturbation. After the decline of organized prostitution of the Roman empire, many prostitutes were slaves. However, religious campaigns against slavery and the growing marketisation of the economy turned prostitution back into a business. By the High Middle Ages it was common to find town governments ruling that prostitutes were not to ply their trade within the town walls , but they were tolerated outside, only because these areas were beyond the jurisdiction of the authorities.
In many areas of France and Germany town governments came to set aside certain streets as areas where prostitution could be tolerated. This allowed the government to outlaw any prostitution taking place outside these brothels. In much of Northern Europe a more tolerant attitude could be found towards prostitution. By the end of the 15th century attitudes began to harden against prostitution. An outbreak of syphilis in Naples during , which later swept across Europe, may have originated from the Colombian Exchange.
By the early 16th century the association between prostitutes, plague and contagion emerged, causing brothels and prostitution to be outlawed by secular authority. Magdalene Homes were particularly popular and peaked in the early fourteenth century.
With the advent of the Protestant Reformation , numbers of Southern German towns closed their brothels in an attempt to eradicate prostitution. They sometimes wore very short hair or no hair at all, and sometimes they wore veils in societies where other women did not wear them.
Ancient codes regulated the crime of a prostitute that dissimulated her profession. They also were as sex workers. In the 18th century, presumably in Venice , prostitutes started using condoms made with catgut or cow bowel. In America, prostitution was seen as a "necessary evil" that aided in marital fidelity, especially as a system that would allow men to obtain sex when their wives did not desire it.
In the s, prostitution was becoming more visible in American cities, and with the professionalization of police forces, visible prostitutes such as streetwalkers risked arrest. In , prostitution was legalized and regulated in the the city of St. However, due to protests and demonstrations organized by women and members of the clergy, Missouri legislators repealed the legislation allowing regulated prostitution. The Page Act of was passed by the US Congress and forbid any importation of women for the purpose of prostitution.
Many of the women who posed in 19th- and earlyth-century vintage erotica were prostitutes. The most famous were the New Orleans women who posed for E. In the 19th century legalized prostitution became a public controversy as France and then the United Kingdom passed the Contagious Diseases Acts. This legislation mandated pelvic examinations for suspected prostitutes.
It applied not only to the United Kingdom and France, but also to their overseas colonies. Many early feminists fought to repeal these laws, either on the grounds that prostitution should be illegal and therefore not government regulated or because it forced degrading medical examinations upon women.
A similar situation existed in the Russian Empire. This included prostitutes operating out of government-sanctioned brothels given yellow internal passports signifying their status and were subjected to weekly physical exams. Leo Tolstoy 's novel Resurrection describes legal prostitution in 19th-century Russia.
During the 19th century the British in India began to adopt the policy of social segregation, but they continued to keep their brothels full of Indian women. Still, "doing it with someone I see a lot … that'd be better I guess. He tells me about his lost love, his ex-wife. His eyes light up when he talks about their honeymoon heat — but they darken again when the conversation turns. He starts ranting about one lady in particular at the "house" he frequents.
His emotional attachment to her is clear "she's pretty and really sweet, you'd like her, I swear" and he genuinely thinks she cares about him.
What about your safety? Tim's response is quick, and blunt: He uses protection, but admits, "when I get to that point and I'm there, I'm not worried about safety. When Tim and I part ways, I walk home, confident in my original advice, but saddened for those who can't avoid prostitution. The decision to pay someone for sex not only diminishes the act, I think to myself, but devalues both parties involved. Have a sex question?
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