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Unformatted text preview: Sexual Variance Psychological and Emotional problems A psychological problem reported by prostitutes arises from the contradiction between the value of sexual fulfillment and the role of the prostitute. Far from achieving sexual fulfillment, the prostitute often becomes virtually asexual with respect to her own sexual functioning. There is also a contradiction between the value of human dignity and the prostitutes role. The continual exposure to violence, along with other aspects of the prostitutes work, may lead to various kinds of emotional trauma, drug use and abuse, feelings of isolation, attempted suicide, and STDs. Emotional problems are intensified by the fact that prostitutes generally do not form a cohesive group among themselves because they are competing for customers. One way prostitutes cope with this problem is to seek refuge in drugs. The rate of attempted suicide is higher among prostitutes. There is also a higher rate of emotional problems including, anxiety, hostility, depression, and guilt, among prostitutes. Exploitation Quality of life is further diminished by the contradiction between the roles of the prostitute and the people with whom she must deal and the ideal of I-Thou relationships in which people relate to each other as person to person and not as person to thing. The role of prostitute involves exploitation. 41% reported victimization by the police (including forced unpaid sex with a policeman). The women offer their sexual services to men, pay their fines to men, and return to the streets to be arrested again by men-all to satisfy the publics sense of decorum. Contributing Factors Social Structure Factors Two factors- rejection of nonmarital sex and no open discussion of sex- were set forth by Winike and Kinsie (1971) as crucial determinants of the amount of prostitution in a society. o They hypothesize that in societies in which social norms forbid either or both of these conditions, there will probably be prostitution. This line of reasoning is supported by the fact that open discussions about sex have become more acceptable, and nonmarital sex (especially premarital) has become more widely accepted in American society. o At the same time, although roughly the same numbers of men appear to use the services of prostitutes, fewer are young men, and the numbers of visits by each man have declined. The institution of marriage does not provide sufficient sexual gratification for some males. Married men may go to prostitutes to experience variety, to compensate for a lack of gratification with their mates, or to avoid concern...
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course SOC 203 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '08 term at N.C. State.
- Spring '08