Hustler - March 2013

Hustler - March 2013

English | 111 pages | True PDF



As the 2012 election battle gained momentum, the White House candidates had one serious competitor for headlines: the Zumba Madam. Alexis Wright—a fitness instructor in Kennebunk, Maine—had serviced a lengthy list of well-heeled johns for a year and a half before getting busted. To their dismay, Ms. Wright kept accurate records. In Maine, hiring a hooker is just a misdemeanor. Prostitution is next to legal already. But the Zumba Madam johns’
real fear was the Scarlet Letter factor: Being named and shamed as a consort of harlots in puritanical New England is a fate worse than prison. Anyone who doesn’t laugh at the idiocy of that in the 21st century is stuck in a prudish past. This sort of scandal pops up again and again. Sure, it makes for sexy copy, but it’s getting stale—even for me. In a sensible world the Zumba Madam’s lucrative sideline should have been registered as a legitimate business, and the community should have been able to benefit from the resulting tax revenues. Everywhere prostitution has been legalized, the safety of the industry has improved, and—wonder of wonders—society did not collapse! It’s about time we recognized that the powerful urges driving humans are not evil. They’re what has allowed us to evolve, and repressing them will only make us sick. As long as there’s a sex drive, people will cash in on it. Like it or not, prostitution is a profession. Let’s treat it like one.

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