Bawdy Freedom

What consenting adults do on their own time is their own business. That statement seems simple and rational enough at first glance, however, morality laws stemming from religion permeate laws worldwide. Nothing is straightforward when it comes to sexuality and the law. Sex is arguably one of the most basic and natural parts of human culture, so intrinsic and necessary to our evolution it is difficult to understand why society continues to place legal restraints on where and how it should happen.

Laws vary widely from place to place and by definition of what rape is, who (or what in some instances) a person can legally have sex with or marry and whether or not the sale of sex or sexually motivated (stripping) activities is legal. Criminalizing prostitution doesn’t prevent it from happening and oftentimes has dire consequences for all of those involved in consenting activities with no legal recourse to compensate for said dangers. In states that still ban gay marriage, this doesn’t prevent same sex couples from shacking up or starting families, it only denies them the equal rights of their opposite sex counterparts such as tax benefits, health insurance and power of attorney rights.

Until the law catches up with the 21st century and acknowledges the dangers of criminalizing natural activities such as love and sex, for money or otherwise, there will be needless incarceration for victimless crimes and dangerous working environments for those who still choose to find a living outside of the legal restrictions placed on individual bodies.

What consenting adults do on their own time is their own business. That statement seems simple and rational enough at first glance, however, morality laws stemming from religion permeate laws worldwide. Nothing is straightforward when it comes to sexuality and the law. Sex is arguably one of the most basic and natural parts of human culture, so intrinsic and necessary to our evolution it is difficult to understand why society continues to place legal restraints on where and how it should happen.

Laws vary widely from place to place and by definition of what rape is, who (or what in some instances) a person can legally have sex with or marry and whether or not the sale of sex or sexually motivated (stripping) activities is legal. Criminalizing prostitution doesn’t prevent it from happening and oftentimes has dire consequences for all of those involved in consenting activities with no legal recourse to compensate for said dangers. In states that still ban gay marriage, this doesn’t prevent same sex couples from shacking up or starting families, it only denies them the equal rights of their opposite sex counterparts such as tax benefits, health insurance and power of attorney rights.

Until the law catches up with the 21st century and acknowledges the dangers of criminalizing natural activities such as love and sex, for money or otherwise, there will be needless incarceration for victimless crimes and dangerous working environments for those who still choose to find a living outside of the legal restrictions placed on individual bodies.

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