memo5 - The major grievances of antiprostitution campaigns...

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The major grievances of antiprostitution campaigns are fueled more by their own fears and stereotypes, than actual occurrences. Anytime there is a controversial subject, there will always be groups for each side. In this case, as with many others, the anti group uses fear tactics to bring people to their side, rather than look at the truth. In the Weitzer article, he discusses nine different themes that he finds to be fairly common among grievances, “Disorderly conduct…nasty paraphernalia…public health risk…harm to children…harassment of women…costs to merchants…neighborhood decline…invasion by outsiders…johns” (Weitzer, p. 166-169). When looking at these themes in just a list, it can appear that these are valid concerns of the neighborhoods where prostitution is more prevalent, but upon closer inspection readers can see that fear causes these ideas more often. So lets examine a few of these more closely. Disorderly conduct is, understandably, something that does occur in the sphere of
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course SOC 180C taught by Professor Mattson during the Spring '08 term at Mills College.

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