By: Raelea C. Phillips
Many liberals are pro gay marriage and believe a woman should have the right to choose; but they are against legalizing polygamy and prostitution. At least most conservatives are consistently against the freedom of choice in all four realms. Has either side thought about a woman having more than one husband? Why can’t every adult be left alone to marry who and as many as they wish; and if they want to get paid for giving blow jobs, then who are we to say otherwise?
If people put as much energy into changing themselves as they put into trying to change everyone else, can you imagine what that would do for social reform? Why can’t I have three husbands and five wives? If you want to marry just one of the same or opposite sex, then that should be your right as well. But first, before implementing those rights, we’d have to remove the biblical constraints from our constitution- for example the “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance which wasn’t added until the 1950’s. Our country is supposed to be for all ethnic groups and open to all religions or lack thereof. So why do we have all these restrictions?
I grow weary of conservatives poking their noses into individual private matters protesting things that don’t even have an effect on their personal lives. They bark about ‘protecting our freedom’ by means of a useless political war or insist on ‘the spreading of freedom through the word of Jesus’ by means of missionaries invading other countries and destroying ancient cultures and customs. What freedom? Where is that freedom when someone is forcing their commandments down my throat? Where is that freedom when we’re told who we can and can’t have intercourse with, who we can and can’t marry, and especially why one CAN’T get paid for services rendered? And why do they care about my salvation anyway? However, I do recognize the altruism of missionary work; but that’s for a later discussion.
Oh I get it. The other side of the coin which doesn’t have anything to do with morality, so this must be the liberals’ protest (wink wink). One argument is if prostitution were legalized, then sexually transmitted diseases would become more widespread. Another entails the feminist notion of degradation to all women when prostitutes allow men to objectify and use women as a tool for physical pleasure. Feminists use this same argument regarding pornography and strip clubs. Conservatives have their paradox of conception between freedom and the imposition of religion into government. But liberal feminists aren’t any different when they insist on enforcing First Amendment rights and equality across the board, but still want to censor a person’s right to dance naked or have sex. It is degrading to all women when one abandons her intellect to give into a man’s objectification for either becoming a hooker or the weak wife of a male polygamist, but it should be changed through education not through government control.
Boohoo! Actually, it is just more whining from both sides. When abortion became legal, fewer women were butchered and killed. And women that want abortions will find a way whether it is legal or not. Just like men and women who want to sell themselves will get paid despite the law and with or without a condom. If it is legal then the government can collect more useless taxes and have more money for wasteful spending, which brings me to the polygamy issue. You may be asking, “So how do the tax benefits work out for someone married to more than one person?” Simple question equals simple answer in theory of course: a person can only receive the tax and insurance benefits through the first marriage. For every marriage after only the NEWLY, newly-wed receives the benefits.
So let’s go back to the morality issue concerning the divorce rate. The divorce rate of the everyday, common, opposite-sex marriage is up to 50%, that is for the first marriage. The second marriage divorce rate is around 65% and the third is around 70%. And people are worried about the divorce rate among same-sex marriages and polygamists? These right-winged, control freaks spew out their concerns like sour milk regarding healthy child-rearing and stability in the home. I didn’t realize opposite-sex marriages that ended in divorce provided so much security for children.
The bottom line is, it doesn’t matter who marries who and how many. If there is a mutual respect and love for one another with open lines of honest communication and setting the example of how to work hard; then what difference does it make? It seems to me that too many people are meddling into too many private lives. As for prostitution, legalize it and tax it. While we are are on that note, why hasn’t marijuana been legalized yet? Oh wait, I think I’m beginning to understand. Politicians are protecting the local and state governments from losing all that revenue they get from issuing speeding tickets!
Let’s live in a country without social restraints! If you don’t want to see it, then look away. If you don’t want to hear it, then put on your headphones and listen to some Ani DiFranco. You might learn something. And if you don’t want your children to be a part of it, then spend some time with them instead of using video games and television as a babysitter! Okay, I admit I am an idealist; but this is where your social freedoms begin to take shape through discussion.
“What is marriage but prostitution to one man instead of many?”
–ANGELA CARTER, Nights at the Circus