These current times in America is the most devastating economic recession this country has seen since the great depression. However there are a few differences. We’re not seeing white collar workers jumping out of high rise windows and women have a much more prominent role of maintaining the household. One way in which women are able to maintain the household is by participating in the oldest industry know to mankind.
A recent LA Weekly article, “The Family Prostitute” shows a unique perspective of how prostitution is now being included within the family life. With less job developments, high layoffs, and the cost of living ever increasing for basic necessities like healthcare, food, and gas; husbands/parents are becoming willing participants of their wives/daughters entering prostitution and supporting the family. One of the girls mentioned in the article supports her entire family including her mother and father through prostitution. Another women supports and takes care of her boyfriend, who has cancer, and his mother by selling her goods to various types of men.
Moreover, the entertainment culture appears to have subdued the morality aspect of sex and women being involved in sexual trades. In the past, the prostitute, hoe, and/or stripper were considered the black sheep of the family, often outcasted by disappointed parents that had higher expectations for their daughters/sons. But, what once was a subject of ridicule is now the realization that there is no shame in simply trying to survive.
And that’s how this propaganda of encouraging women to be “hoes” has risen from the HipHop demographics to main-stream. Like any other successful product, this trend has followed the natural life cycle where trendsetters injected the idea to the general population. In this case it was the HipHop community that initially transmitted storylines of “Sex for Survival.” Within a few years, we started seeing white collar women entering into the business. Now with the creation of “The Client List” this same storyline is being introduced to middle America suburban housewives. And just as we witness with City Highs “What would you do”, the audience is made to sympathize with the women’s plight to sell her body.
Fortunately for us, this means that this trend could be is reaching it’s final stage of the late majority where individuals wait until a product has been approved by others before consuming it. The Question is, what shape will be in if and when sex stops becoming a profitable industry and the supply greatly outweighs the demand(virtual sex).
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to criticize a women choice to exploit her body. What I am criticizing is media’s role of being the Pimp and pushing the sex game on young women and girls. By breaking down their self-esteem and getting women to view themselves as body-parts, the media and the simultaneous economy diaster has played a tremendous role in encouraging women to become prostitutes.