I found an interesting chart today. It was on the website ProCon.org and it is a chart called 100 Countries and Their Prostitution Policies. As I reviewed the data it became obvious how a countries policy on prostitution was clearly related to its view on women in general. As I read the statistics about my own country, the United States, it became obvious to me how surveys can sometimes reveal deep-seated prejudices. Most people I know would say that they believe in equality for all, yet we in the U. S. still cannot seem to pass an equal rights amendment.
Women in the U. S. are courted however, every four years, this year being one of them, when we are recognized as being a large voting block. Why we women cannot harness the power that we possess in numbers to make things better for ourselves probably has a lot to do with the fact that more than 5 women in a room becomes a complaining session with no one wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings. Sorry, but I am not a big fan of single sex company in general. I find it is much better to have mixed company to balance out each gender’s undesirable traits. And, yes, you can believe in feminism and believe this, too.
Anyway, when I looked at the data on this chart, here is what I found:
Prostitution is illegal in exactly the countries you would expect it to be- Afghanistan, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Korea and 32 others.
Prostitution has limited legality in the following countries- India, Japan, Sweden and the US, as well as Norway, Spain, Iceland and Australia (I am actually surprised by the inclusion of this country.) and a handful of others
And finally, prostitution is legal in countries such as Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and 37 others!
If you would like to read more about these findings, you can find the information at: http://prostitution.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=772