(In Maury Povich Voice):Hookers and Johns…EXPOSED!

From Human Nature on Slate:

Oklahomans are debating a “video vigilante” war on prostitution. The vigilante tapes men using prostitutes, edits the video for taste but not to protect identity­, and posts it on his Web site. Impact: Hundreds of men have been taped; one clip has been viewed 340,000 times. Rationales: 1) It deters would-be johns. 2) Prostitution ruined his neighborhood. 3) Cops and courts weren’t convicting johns. 4) If you don’t want your sex to be taped, don’t do it in public. Objections: 1) It’s invasive. 2) It’s prurient. 3) It implies guilt even if nobody has been convicted. 4) He enjoys it too much. 5) He has turned it into a business, with profits from his site, YouTube ads, and selling video to talk shows. Human Nature’s view: Taping public sex is no scummier than doing it, and making the sex private solves the vigilante problem.



Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.