The Myth of Moral Decline, pt. 6: Paying for Sex Edition


(hooking’s golden age)

This doesn’t surprise me at all, but it’s interesting: according to a recent survey, far fewer men are visiting prostitutes than did 20 years ago.

According to Daniel Politi in the Slate.com article linked above, some critics of the survey “say the numbers are misleading and men haven’t actually stopped paying for sex—after all, the Internet has also made it easier to hook up prostitutes with clients—they’re just more scared to admit it as the practice has become less socially acceptable over the years.”

Even if that’s true, the point remains: if our moral standards are collapsing, why is prostitution less socially acceptable today than it was before?

Or maybe the early 1990s responses just represented a Pretty Woman-related spike, and now we’re just regressing to the mean. Whatever the case, there’s a lot to think about in that article. It will be interesting to look at the actual survey results, or to see more research on this question.

As a side note, sorry for the slowdown in posts, but the pace of my offline life picked up dramatically. Most of all, sorry I missed last Wednesday’s Budziszewski post. I’ll try to get back on schedule tomorrow, but I might even be a couple of days late again. Next week things should get back to normal for me.

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