Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
"Feminists like to quote these absolutely specious statistics, a typical trick of the feminist movement of the last twenty years. For example, they'll say the majority of prostitutes have been sexually abused as children. But there's no evidence for this! The most successful prostitutes are invisible, because the sign of a prostitute's success is her absolute blending with the environment. She's so shrewd, she never becomes visible. She never gets in trouble. She has command of her life, and her clients. The ones who get into the surveys have drug problems or psychological problems. They're the ones who were sexually abused. Feminists are using amateurs to condemn a whole profession. This is appalling!
I'm against the harassment of prostitutes. Unless they are actually interfering with people's movements, they have a perfect right to be doing what they're doing."
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, individuals with graduate degrees and significant post-graduate involvement in fields relevant to the study of prostitution, and government officials with significant involvement in, or related to, prostitution issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor, Humanities and Media Studies, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 1984-present Contributing Editor, Interview
Contributing Writer, Salon.com, 1995-2002
Former Faculty, Literature and Language, Binghamton University, Bennington, Vermont
Nominee, 1990 National Book Critics Circle award
PhD, English, Yale University, 1974
MPhil, Yale University, 1971
BA, valedictorian, Harpur College (now State University of New York at Binghamton), 1968