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Prostitution does not come with any strings attached

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with another woman, leading to increase in divorce rate. Prostitution does not come with any strings attached which does not lead to divorces, which does not create threat to marriages. Prostitution also helps keeping the divorce rate lower as compared to if it did not exist. (Davis, 1937) Conflict Theory – The economic inequality in the society has risen the prostitution level. Women with low income have to consider prostitution as an option to gain a better lifestyle while the wealthier women often have some source of income because of which they don’t need to consider such options. An unfortunate but true history explains the increase in the level of prostitutes in the 19 th century where many women lost their partners in the war and were left with no access to money or jobs due to lack of education and low job opportunities leading them to this occupation to fulfil their family needs and survive themselves. The sole reason behind this event is women’s poverty. The feminist version of this conflict theory, economic reasons are not the only reasons leading to this occupation but also society’s patriarchy which has termed women as ‘sex objects’ which exists to provide pleasure to men. This lets men pay for sex and lets woman get paid for sex. The reason why lingerie, bikini’s etc do exist is to turn on men, just because women are looked upon this way. (Barry, 1997) Symbolic interactionism – Prostitutes and customers can justify their behaviour. Prostitutes in massage parlours believe they are doing just a job, more like performing a service to satisfy their customer. They feel they offering them lot more than just sex, like companionship. This belief is often from indoor prostitutes like massage parlours, and not the street walkers. (Weitzer, 2009) General Strain Theory – According to the General Strain Theory, people enter in crime because they have experienced some sort of stress. This stress could be in the form of desperate need of money, or family abuse, being mistreated by peers etc. This ignites the anger and irritation within individuals. These negative emotions are coped up by indulging in delinquency. Coping with stress for the sex workers, is mainly inner directed, with substance abuse or also depression.
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