Link roundup: You’re a slut

Posted on March 9, 2011 by

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Valentine’s Day at the Museum of Sex was a packed house, sexual enhancement vitamins and aphrodisiac cocktails, but the mood in the rest of New York City has been decidedly more dour.

Perhaps the combination of late-stage winter and a depressing holiday in (as they tend to be), New York had this Valentine’s Day message for its single ladies: It’s your fault.

First, The Village Voice lays out a multi-page treatise on “the plight of the single lady,” and TV writer Tracy McMillan takes it home with the only six reasons you  possibly still be single:

  1. You’re a bitch.
  2. You’re shallow.
  3. You’re a slut.
  4. You’re a liar.
  5. You’re selfish.
  6. You’re not good enough.

The New York Times takes a softer approach to #3 in Why Monogamy Matters, citing research that finds “a significant correlation between sexual restraint and emotional well-being, between monogamy and happiness – and between promiscuity and depression.”

Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Read is on the offensive against sluttiness, asserting that prostitution is bad for Nevada’s economy: “Nevada needs to be known as the first place for innovation and investment—not as the last place where prostitution is still legal.”

Doesn’t he mean the first? In fact, Slate argues that illegal prostitution dwarfs what is “really a very small industry” whose scattering of rural brothels employs some 1,000 people and mostly services truckers.

Where have all the prostitutes gone?

Now that Craigslist Adult Services has been shut down, Wired’s timely How tech tools transformed New York’s sex trade gives statistical credence to the obvious: You don’t get to 500 million friends without a few prostitutes.

In fact, researcher Sudhir Venkatesh reckons Facebook is set to overtake the lead in the “online recruitment space.” 83% of the sex workers he surveyed had Facebook profiles. And… 500 million other people.

The NY Daily News found at least one escort with some sense of decorum: “It’s a place for teenagers to socialize… not a place for some dumb ass to find a piece of ass.”

 

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