The Economics of Sex, Dating & Marriage

From a philosophical point of view, I'm utterly opposed to the way we have commodified and perverted the virtues and values associated with sex and love, and to the way we, under various guises and euphemisms, continue to increasingly objectify people as mere means to our own selfish ends. That's not to say that I'm a traditionalist: when it comes to our generally accepted traditional gender roles, for instance, I think that's even more fucked up, and bordering on the psychotic. Overall, we are in serious need of some philosophical introspection and reassessing of our worldview and principles. If our relationships are not grounded, at the very least, on the ethical values of respect (in the Kantian sense), honesty and equality of our partners as persons (and not merely as members of some sex/gender or other), good luck to us...

Still, from a social science point of view, the dynamics of sex, dating, relationships and marriage, and the way these ideas can be understood in terms of fluctuations between economic concepts (like supply and demand) are fascinating. In general, and for various reasons, many people tend to look down on prostitutes as dirty, cheap, perverted moral reprobates who exchange something 'special' for money, but one thing we can say about them is that they're at least honest about what they're doing and why. You? Not so much...





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