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Say What? Male Prostitution Is a Civil Right?

"And it's more of a civil rights thing now. Basically this is the first time in the economy of the United States that a male has actually stood up and said, 'I want to do this for a living.' And be protected under law to do it. It's just the same as when Rosa Parks decided to sit at the front instead of the back."

— America's first legal male prostitute shares the significance of his new job. Check out Details' full interview with "Markus," who likes to be called a "surrogate lover" and not a gigolo, thank you very much.

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Rainey-4-Pres Rainey-4-Pres 7 years
#16- Okay let me try that again. I was not diminishing what Rosa did. But I WAS most definitely defending what the man in this article did. Because it sounded like some of the people around here were diminishing the stand HE was taking, or were speaking like he was lesser of a person because of his job. While the "civil rights movement" was a huge (and yes, incredibly more dangerous) moment in our country's history, I just dont think that it stopped there. Today the fight still goes on. Whether it be the women fighting for the rights to their bodies, the gay people fighting for their rights to be recognized in marriage, or.... the prostitutes. Obviously him taking a stand does not require the same caliber of bravery as it did for Rosa Parks and the people of her time. And I feel like he was attempting to compare THAT aspect of it at all. Which is why I backed him up. I dunno. If someone is speaking out, and is passionate about their particular civil rights cause, who better to bring up as an example, than one of THE MOST iconic civil rights figures ever?! I honestly dont think he meant any harm or offense by it. Nor did I, with my comments : )
PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 7 years
I do not care about their health and safety while they are selling their bodies, no. Get a respectable job and respect your own body.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
@13 Do you not care about the health and safety of the prostitutes and their clients? Making it so prostitutes wouldn't be so afraid of going to the police to report an abusive pimp? Setting regulations that would weed out the sex workers who are in the business against their will vs. those who entered it of their own accord?
sloane220 sloane220 7 years
i meant *was not only brave...and think about emmett till. this could have happened to rosa parks. i mean really, how dare you diminish what she did? i'm really disgusted.
sloane220 sloane220 7 years
rainey4pres-you've got to be kidding me. black people were regularly lynched (meaning hung from trees, burned alive, castrated, shot, raped and myriad other gruesome acts agaisnt humanity) at the time for standing up against jim crow laws so what rosa parks did was not brave but her life was at stake. you're extremely out of line for diminshing her actions, the history behind them, and the movement her actions started. the civil rights movement WAS a black thing. it was revolt against the legalized discrimination towards african americans in this country that had continued 100 years after slavery ended, and that's just being real. yes, the civil rights movements influenced many other movements at the time, but it was about blacks and the absurd discrimination they were facing. don't try to whitewash the facts because it makes you uncomfortable. what rosa parks did that day was OBVIOUSLY more than one isolated incident, it was the impetus of an entire movement. it was a hell of a lot more than just about a place to sit down. it was that a black person was not entitled to sit at all if a white person needed to sit down. no can compare this man's right to sell his ass to the civil rights movement. ever.
Rainey-4-Pres Rainey-4-Pres 7 years
And anyone who says a "whore's" rights aren't as important, just disgusts me.
Rainey-4-Pres Rainey-4-Pres 7 years
Gah! He compared it to ONE thing. One specific thing. What Rosa Parks fought for that day was not just a black thing or a white thing or even a blue thing. Its a Human thing. Period. Having the right to sit down some place is great. But you know, so is having the right to earn a living and support your children.
PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 7 years
I am against legalizing prostitution. I dont care how much money it could make in taxes. It's just morally wrong imo
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I must quote Belle De Jour Here. "Prostitute, hooker, whore. I don't care what you call me. That's just semantics." I don't know why he would have such an issue being called a gigolo. I'm all for legalized prostitution, but I don't think he should liken the fight to that of emancipation.
sloane220 sloane220 7 years
this ass is COMPLETELY out of line to make a correlation between his situation and any part of the civil rights movement. that being said, prostitution needs to legalized so it can be regulated and taxed. we sure as hell could use the revenue and if prostitution wasn't a blackmarket instiution, prostitutes could be made sure to be of legal age and regularly be tested.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
I disagree with the comparison, but I agree that prostitution is in dire need of legalization, for everyone's health and safety as well as certain civil rights aspects of it.
Cris1192 Cris1192 7 years
It´s so not the same
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Yeah, that's a pretty stupid comparison.
Rainey-4-Pres Rainey-4-Pres 7 years
I agree about the disrespectful aspect of it, to a degree. But at the same time, a part of me feels like.....a civil right is a civil right. What makes one more important than the other.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I agree that legalized prostitution is a good thing, but I really don't think it's respectful to compare it to Rosa Parks.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Yes dude your right to sell your C*ck is the same as Rosa Parks right to sit in the front of the go. (rolls eyes)
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I think it's fine for him to do his own thing, but to compare it to the serious struggles that Rosa Parks and other civil rights activists faced? Please.
Rainey-4-Pres Rainey-4-Pres 7 years
I think he is TOTALLY right. The male or female aspect of it doesn't really matter to me. That's not the issue. The point is that if this is what a person chooses to do to make money, and they are not stealing, damaging property, harming, or violating anyone ELSE'S rights - then what say should the government have in this? None. (Other than taxes, ha)
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