Friday, March 08, 2013
We were on tour of the “Red Light District” in Amsterdam in December. Yes, this is a popular walking tour especially for Americans. I have no pictures to verify or negate that one man’s opinion because it’s illegal to take pictures of the women. Strictly enforced too!
I also must admit that I didn’t get a good look. The whole concept of women displayed in full length windows like a commodity was very unsettling to me although I do understand the reasoning behind it.
As we were told:
There are no pimps abusing the women,
There are health clinics and counseling services available to them
They are considered “independent contractors” and pay taxes on their earnings.
Also, making prostitution illegal hasn’t stopped the activity in other countries, so the Netherlands has adopted a different approach to the “world’s oldest profession.”
I was reminded of this as I was catching up on SP after being MIA while sick.
Pixielicious posted a blog about an article where the author was commenting on the fitness level of actresses.
I especially liked her last image because it included ALL differences
While a large part of the problem is men judging women, women unfortunately are not immune to judging ourselves or each other either.
Now back to that male cruise mate on whose body I will not comment other than to say that he fit the stereotype of the average male senior citizen in the USA.
My response? “I imagine their clients aren’t any prize either”