Friday, July 22, 2011

Men Who Buy Sex Vs. Men Who Do Not

"Being with a prostitute is like having a cup of coffee, when you‘re done, you throw it out." *

Newsweek published an article, "The Growing Demand for Prostitution," in which details a Boston survey of Johns (consumers of prostitution). A clinical psychologist, Farley, conducted a study about the difference between men who buy sex and those who do not. Her results are startling. The most hard-hitting data point was the fact that 100% of the men who buy sex said that there had easy access to under-age girls in Boston. ( "In Farley’s study, one thing that johns and men who don’t buy sex agreed on was the ease of access to such children: nearly 100 percent of men interviewed in the study said that minors were virtually always available for purchase in Boston.")

Here are some the findings, taken from the article:

"Overall, the attitudes and habits of sex buyers reveal them as men who dehumanize and commodify women, view them with anger and contempt, lack empathy for their suffering, and relish their own ability to inflict pain and degradation."

"Farley found that sex buyers were more likely to view sex as divorced from personal relationships than nonbuyers, and they enjoyed the absence of emotional involvement with prostitutes, whom they saw as commodities. “Prostitution treats women as objects and not ... humans,” said one john interviewed for the study."

"The sex buyers often voiced aggression toward women, and were nearly eight times more likely than nonbuyers to say they would rape a woman if they could get away with it."

You can read the article here or see read the whole report here.

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