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Submitted by Jess Marie (United States), Apr 23, 2006 at 04:27

Who is anyone worthy to classify all western women prostitutes? It is not legal here to be a prostitute because it is not a value America wants to embrace. It is more frowned upon to be a prostitute than not ... It doesn't mean that prostitution does not happen here. It doesn't mean that women don't dress too sexy. It doesn't mean that most American men get angry when they see a woman's body other than their own wives (if they even are attracted to women). Unfortunately, there are all of these things taking place here.

But it happens there too. It is more a personal choice both for the woman who sadly feels she has no other alternative and the customer who supports her bad habit. We are all responsible for our own actions. The God I know judges us individually regardless of gender, race, ethnicity ... As I recall, there was a man named Jesus that drew a line in the sand when those who judged Tamar came to stone her. What she was doing was wrong as an adulteress, but it is easier to point the finger than it is to be an example and show her the way. Regardless of whether or not someone wants to believe in Jesus as God's son is entirely their choice. It is a freedom of mine to believe he came to die on the cross. However, both Christianity and Islam acklowledge he was a great teacher and made a great point. Who of us is without fault? Then cast the first stone.

Personally, I am offended by that comment you made about Western women.That's a very narrow minded view, in my opinion. There are many other Western women like me that prefer the sanctity of marriage over casual sex outside of marriage. Not all women use sex as a tool to get what they want and abuse this God-given gift. It is a shame when any woman feels that she must degrade herself or cheapen herself for any reason - to afford to eat or feel loved. I believe that American women and even women in other cultures alike want to be loved and valued - we are wired that way to want to be beautiful and worthy of admiration and affection. Maybe when women understand that they are valued and are seen as worthy of more, will women also see themselves in that light and realize that they have an alternative (which rights provide). Let's face it. If perverted people took responsibility and stopped enjoying prostitutes, they would be forced out of business, right? In a perfect world there is no rape and a woman feels she has all she needs to feed herself or her babies. In a perfect world, a woman has a husband or someone to support and care for her and she is there to support and care for them and everyone lives happily ever after. We aren't guaranteed to have a spouse from one day to the next or ever (whether it is because of infidelity or even sickness and death). Then what? We step up to the plate and become more educated, successful, and strong and hated because of it or we become weak and sell ourselves on the street corners and are hated because of that instead.

I can respect and understand that my husband should be the only one to see areas of my body, but what does that say about society that I have to cover myself because someone else cannot control their lust and see me the way God intended for me to be seen?

Just a thought. I am going to be living in the Middle East for a few years and I will, of course, be respectful by covering myself. However, it is also a safety measure. If I am wearing a bathing suit that is not an invitation, is it?

To say women should have to conform to your ideals or she is basically a whore, is also in a way saying this. There is little faith that self control will be practiced when faced with God's creation, woman, who is beautifully made also in His image. Let's look deeper at the source of the problem before we throw too many rocks.

Blessings!
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