Short sweet review of the 2006 book, America’s War on Sex, by Marty Klein.
The factual basis of this book paints a detailed landscape of America’s irrational persecution of and delusional obsession with all activities sex-related. If you’re a like thinker, it will simply confirm your own beliefs, but if you’re conservative, be prepared to have all the world’s evils laid at your feet. This is the first time I’ve even heard the phrase “conservative feminist”. You have only to look at Congressional (and state legislative) voting records to see that the war on sex is by no means a strictly conservative crusade (although the bulk of it is certainly initiated by them). I’ve read books on the topic by other authors, including Nadine Strossen, that are much more credible simply because they do not demonize the conservative right while excluding the liberal contribution to the war on sex. Nonetheless, while rather one-dimensional, it is also an excellent presentation of just how stunningly pervasive the problem really is.
Finally, nowhere in the 230 pages is there any mention of prostitution laws. Indeed prostitution, call girls, massage parlors don’t even show up in the index. If laws banning the sale of sex toys deserve prominent coverage, one would think that laws against prostitution would at least earn an honorable mention (unless one subscribes to the concept that the war on prostitutes is acceptable, that is).
I don’t know the reason prostitution is left out, but it shouldn’t have been. Surely, if the phrase, “your body, your choice” means anything, it gives you the right to use your god-given body as an asset to put a roof over your head and food on your table no different from a laborer, doctor, or sports star. But, beyond that, laws against prostitution sadistically deny one of humanity’s most pleasurable and intimate communions to a class of people who are only likely to experience it through the services of a prostitute. That would include many handicapped people, those who have been maimed by war or accidents, those with serious birth defects, the home bound, the bed-ridden, and the just plain ugly (such as myself). If that doesn’t deserve mention as part of America’s War on Sex, then nothing does.