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May 6, 2007

The Real Prostitution Scandal

by Doug Mataconis

There has been alot of media coverage over the past several weeks about the case of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the woman who stands accused of running a call girl operation that catered to the rich and powerful in Washington.

But that’s not the only kind of prostitution that’s going on in our nation’s capital:

Prostitution comes in many forms, especially in Washington. A prostitute is someone “who sells one’s abilities, talent, or name for an unworthy purpose,” according to the second definition given in the American Heritage Dictionary.

Add to the items for sale one’s position of influence, and you can see that prostitution runs rampant in Washington.

Lawmakers sell help to contributors. Policy makers tilt policy toward powerful constituencies. Officials run their corners of government to serve the White House instead of the general public.

The only difference between what Palfrey did and what politicians in Washington and around the country do on a regular basis is that Palfrey was selling sex, while the politicians are selling their nations future. When you think about it, Palfrey really wasn’t harming anyone compared to what the real prostitutes are doing.

H/T: The LP Blog

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  1. [...] the enormity of women’s oppression by arguing that men do jobs they don’t like, too. This dude, who has cleverly spotted in the concept of prostitution a metaphor for politics, has a fun take on [...]

    Pingback by DC Madam: Jokes, bloodsport, and more at I Blame The Patriarchy — May 6, 2007 @ 11:52 am
  2. Please, Ms. Palfrey engaged in peaceful commerce; she was a broker bringing together voluntary participants who wished to engage in a transaction. her business harmed no one.

    To accuse her of being on the same level as a politician, whose profession consists almost entirely of extortion is an insult to her, and honors politicians too much.

    Comment by tarran — May 7, 2007 @ 9:10 am

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