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Peter Singer, MA Biography

Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Contrary to stereotypes of paid sex, work in a legal brothel is not especially dangerous or hazardous to one’s health. Some sex workers view their profession as involving greater skill and even a more human touch than alternative jobs open to them. They take pride in their ability to give not only physical pleasure, but also emotional support, to needy people who cannot get sex any other way.

If sex work is not going to disappear anytime soon, anyone who cares about the health and safety of sex workers – not to mention their rights – should support moves to make it a fully legal industry. That is what most sex workers want as well…

[C]ountries that criminalize the sex industry should consider the harms these laws cause, as Amnesty International has done. It is time to put aside moralistic prejudices, whether based on religion or an idealistic form of feminism, and do what is in the best interests of sex workers and the public as a whole.”

“The Case for Legalizing Sex Work,”, Nov. 14, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder, The Life You Can Save, 2013-present
  • Laureate Professor, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, 2013-present
  • Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, 1999-present
  • Laureate Professor, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, 2005-2012
  • Member, Oxfam American Leadership Council, 2003-present
  • President, Animal Rights International, 1999-2011
  • Cofounder and President, The Great Ape Project, 1993-2005
  • Co-editor, Bioethics, 1985-1999
  • Deputy Director, Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University, 1992-1997
  • Foundation President, International Association of Bioethics, 1992-1995
  • Editorial Board, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 1978-1997
  • Co-Director, Institute for Ethics and Public Policy, Monash University, 1992-1995
  • Director, Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University, 1983-1991
  • BPhil, University of Oxford, 1971
  • MA, University of Melbourne, 1969
  • BA, University of Melbourne, 1967
  • Twitter: @PeterSinger
  • Elected Humanist Laureate by the International Academy of Humanism in 2004
  • Included in Time magazine’s 2005 list of the world’s most influential people
  • Born July 6, 1946 in Melbourne, Australia
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  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?