SHOULD IT BE LEGAL?

SHOULD IT BE LEGAL?, Estúdio447 English Club, Workshop de inglês, Moema, São Paulo

SHOULD IT BE LEGAL?

Prostitution, drugs, gambling, abortion, euthanasia – should they be legal? In this workshop we will debate the pros and cons of legalising some of the most controversial practices present in our society today.
 

WHAT IS PROSTITUTION?
Prostitution, according to Wikipedia, is defined as “the business or practice of engaging in sexual relations in exchange for payment or some other benefit”. A person who works in this field is professionally called a prostitute or sex worker. However there are many other derogative names, which we will not go into detail here. Prostitution is one of the branches of the sex industry: other branches include pornography, stripping, nude modelling, and erotic dancing. [1]

Prostitution is completely legal and regulated in some countries, such as Germany, Holland and Uruguay. In other countries like the UK and Brazil prostitution is legal, but unregulated. However, organised brothels and pimping are officially illegal. [2]

In many parts of the world prostitution is considered a serious crime that in some countries is punishable by death, such as Saudi Arabia and North Korea. Prostitution is sometimes referred to euphemistically as "the world's oldest profession". And it’s big business - the annual revenue generated by prostitution worldwide is estimated to be over US$186 billion. [3]


PROSTITUTION SHOULD BE ILLEGAL BECAUSE…
People opposed to making prostitution legal believe that it would lead to increases in sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS, global human trafficking, and violent crime including rape and homicide. They contend that prostitution is inherently immoral, commercially exploitative, empowers the criminal underworld, and promotes the repression of women by men. 4


PROSTITUTION SHOULD BE LEGAL BECAUSE…
Proponents of legalised prostitution believe it would reduce crime, improve public health, increase tax revenue, help people out of poverty, get prostitutes off the streets, and allow consenting adults to make their own choices.4 The current laws in many countries do not stop prostitutes from selling sex, but seem only to make them more vulnerable to violent acts while working. Many legalisation advocates also argue that if regulated and practised openly, then the likelihood of underage prostitution and sex slaves would decrease.


PROSTITUTION QUOTES

“I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.” Steve Martin
 

Churchill: "Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?"
Socialite: "My goodness, Mr. Churchill... Well, I suppose... we would have to discuss terms, of course... "
Churchill: "Would you sleep with me for five pounds?"
Socialite: "Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!"
Churchill: "Madam, we've already established that. Now we are haggling about the price”

“The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less”. Brendan Behan

 

 

*** THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE 'SHOULD IT BE LEGAL?' WORKSHOP! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE THIS CONVERSATION WORKSHOP IN FULL, WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND A FRIENDLY GROUP OF PEOPLE, THEN PLEASE CONTACT US TO FIND OUT HOW TO PARTICIPATE.  
 

The rest of this workshop will discuss...

  • WHAT IS A DRUG?
  • ALL DRUGS SHOULD BE ILLEGAL BECAUSE…
  • ALL DRUGS SHOULD BE LEGAL BECAUSE…
  • DRUG QUOTES
  • WHAT IS GAMBLING?
  • GAMBLING SHOULD BE ILLEGAL BECAUSE…
  • GAMBLING SHOULD BE LEGAL BECAUSE…
  • WHAT IS ABORTION?
  • ABORTION SHOULD BE ILLEGAL BECAUSE…
  • ABORTION SHOULD BE LEGAL BECAUSE…
  • WHAT IS EUTHANASIA?
  • EUTHANASIA SHOULD BE ILLEGAL BECAUSE…
  • EUTHANASIA SHOULD BE LEGAL BECAUSE…

QUESTION

SHOULD PROSTITUTION BE LEGAL AND WHY?  
Please let us know by leaving a response in the comment section below.
 

Should prostitution be legal? Workshop de inglês Estúdio447 English Club, Moema, São Paulo

 

VOCABULARY

  • prostitute: (noun) [Portuguese: prostitute] - a person, typically a woman, who engages in sexual activity for payment. Synonyms: Call girl, whore, hooker, working girl, lady of the night, escort, harlot, trollop and wench.
  • euthanasia: (noun) [Portuguese: eutanásia] - the practice of ending a life prematurely in order to end pain and suffering.
  • brothel: (noun) [Portuguese: bordel] - a house where men can visit prostitutes.
  • pimp: (noun) [Portuguese: cafetão] - a man who controls prostitutes and arranges clients for them, taking part of their earnings in return.
  • stripper: (noun) [Portuguese: dançarina de striptease] – someone who takes their clothes off while dancing as a performer. Typically associated with the sex industry.
  • derogative: (adjective) [Portuguese: derrogatório] - showing a critical or disrespectful attitude.
  • AIDS: (noun) [Portuguese: SIDA] - a disease in which there is a severe loss of the body's cellular immunity, greatly lowering the resistance to infection and malignancy.
  • rape: (noun) [Portuguese: estupro] - the crime, typically committed by a man, of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse with the offender against their will.
  • homicide: (noun) [Portuguese: homicídio] - the deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another; murder.
  • poverty: (noun) [Portuguese: pobreza] - the state of being extremely poor.
  • likelihood: (noun) [Portuguese: probabilidade] - the state or fact of something's being likely; probability.
  • underage: (adjective) [Portuguese: menor de idade] - (of a person) too young to engage legally in a particular activity, especially drinking alcohol or having sex.
  • slave: (noun) [Portuguese: escravo] - a person who is forced to obey and serve another.
  • wholesome: (noun) [Portuguese: saudável] - conducive to or suggestive of good health and physical well-being.
  • pounds: (noun) [Portuguese: libras] – £££ - the name of the currency in the United Kingdom.
  • inherent: (adjective) [Portuguese: inerente] - existing in something as a permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute
  • to haggle: (verb) [Portuguese: pechinchar] - dispute or bargain persistently, especially over the cost of something.
  • hidden: (adjective) [Portuguese: escondido] - kept out of sight; concealed.
  • crutch: (noun) [Portuguese: muleta] - a long stick with a crosspiece at the top, used as a support under the armpit by a lame person.
  • to cope: (verb) [Portuguese: lidar] - (of a person) deal effectively with something difficult.
  • to inhale: (verb) [Portuguese: inalar] - breathe in (air, gas, smoke, etc.).
  • to gamble: (verb) [Portuguese: apostar] - play games of chance for money; bet.
  • to contend: (verb) [Portuguese: contender - assert something as a position in an argument.
  • to wager: (verb) [Portuguese: apostar] - to bet or gamble on something
  • to launder money: [Portuguese: lavar dinheiro] – to take money earn illegally and make it appear to be legally earned.
  • tax revenue: [Portuguese: receitas fiscais] – total income collected by the government.
  • proponent: [Portuguese: proponente] - a person who advocates a theory, proposal, or project.
  • opponent: [Portuguese: oponente] - someone who competes against or fights another in a contest, game, or argument; a rival or adversary.
  • abortion: (noun) [Portuguese: aborto] - the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.
  • to conceive: (verb) [Portuguese: conceber] - become pregnant with (a child).
  • uterus: (noun) [Portuguese: útero] - the organ in the lower body of a woman or female mammal where offspring are conceived and in which they gestate before birth; the womb.
  • mercy: (noun) [Portuguese: misericórdia] - compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm.
  • dignified: (adjective) [Portuguese: Digno] - having or showing a composed or serious manner that is worthy of respect.
  • slippery slope: (expression) - an idea or course of action which will lead to something unacceptable, wrong, or disastrous.
     

EXTRA INFO

  • Steve Martin: is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and musician.
  • Winston Churchill: was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.
  • Brendan Behan: was an Irish Republican, poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Irish writers and poets of all time.
  • LSD: (noun) - a synthetic crystalline compound, lysergic acid diethylamide, that is a potent hallucinogenic drug.
  • ecstasy: (noun) [Portuguese: êxtase] - an amphetamine-based synthetic drug with euphoric and hallucinatory effects, originally promoted as an adjunct to psychotherapy.
  • pro-life: (adjective) - opposing abortion and euthanasia.
  • pro-choice: (adjective) - advocating legalised abortion. 
     

SOURCES

  1. “Prostitution” Wikipedia 
  2. “Prostitution laws by country” Wikipedia "2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices". State.gov. 23 February 2009. 
  3. "Prostitution Market Value", May 2010, Havoc Scope 
  4. “Should prostitution be legal?”, April 2017, Procon.org 
  5. “Portugal decriminalised drugs 14 years ago – and now hardly anyone dies from overdosing”, Chris Ingraham, June 2015, The Independent
  6. “Gambling” Wikipedia 
  7. “You Won't Believe How Much Gamblers in Your Country Lost Last Year”, Travis Hoium, September 2015, The Motley Fool 
  8. “Abortion” Wikipedia 
  9. “Should abortion be legal?”, Procon.org 
  10. “Euthanasia” Wikipedia 
  11. “Should Euthanasia or physician assisted suicide be legal?”, Procon.org 

 

 

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