I’ve become addicted to the show Weeds. In one episode the main character visits a medicinal-marijuana dispensary. It was quite amazing. I haven’t even seen a place like this in Amsterdam. Out of curiosity, I looked online for more info. Turns out these places are quite real and very legal in California (legal in the state – not impervious to federal investigation and arrest).
Almost immediately, I could see where sex work activists are getting it wrong. Forget trying to legalize or decriminalize sex work on a broad scale. Instead, they should be trying to get sex work the same medical dispensation as marijuana.
Studies come out every month touting the medical benefits of regular sex. Although I’m not a doctor, I’m betting that a prescription of regular sex could benefit patients suffering from prostate problems, some cardiovascular conditions, muscular deterioration, impotence issues, depression, social anxiety, agoraphobia, simple stress relief and many other things. Regular sex enhances self-esteem. It would also be very beneficial to those who are physically handicapped. These benefits aren’t confined to men – women receive the same benefits from regular sex (except for the prostate benefits). Although there are negative effects from sex (like pregnancy and disease), smoking pot has secondary effects as well.
The solution is simple. Make sex something that a doctor can write a prescription for. A dispensary in this case could simply be an online list of available sex workers if one doesn’t have a partner. Sex workers could list specialties and skills that specifically benefit patients with certain, treatable conditions. Sex workers who are on the list are immune from arrest, harassment or any other criminalization. Since sex work laws are made at a community level, the feds have no reason to harass or arrest sex workers or their clients.
This would be different from sex therapists who require a lot of therapy to get to them. This could be as simple as “a blowjob a day keeps the doctor away.” Or it could be complex enough to require a sex worker who has training in handling specific psychological issues.
Sex workers on the list would not have to provide their services at certain rates but they would have to follow a code of ethics, particularly in regards to contraception and disease-transmission. Of course, since they’re on the list and immune from arrest, it would make the open sharing of information much easier and allow for some professional regulation like the porn industry has.
Since consensual sex work is a victimless crime, it’s a natural step to making it a benefit to society at large. And yes, sex workers of all stripes would have to be recruited to be on the list. After all, heterosexual men aren’t the only ones who need a bit of sexual healing.