Over the last few years we have made inroads into legalizing same sex marriage and marijuana (medicinal and recreational). While not universal yet, I think it’s just a matter of time. So what is the next society-based law to be legalized. I think there are two that make sense.
18-21 year old drinking. The same way that 18 year olds got the vote in Federal elections may work for drinking. I tend to think this WON’T be made legal for two reasons.
18 year olds got the right to vote during the Vietnam War because society felt the disconnect between someone being able to be drafted and not being able to vote - both civic responsibilities.
Although 18 year olds are legally adults, our society still sees them as children. Listen to the radio (especially sports radio) about how some 19 or 20 year old in college does something stupid and they are defended because “they are just kids.” As far as I’m concerned if you are 18 and want to give yourself alcoholic poisoning to look cool in front of your frat bros be my guest because you are an adult. I think this viewpoint is in the minority.
Not the streetwalking kind but in a brothel licensed by the state with regular checkups. This may be related to the abortion contraversy because if you are pro-choice because it’s a woman’s body then how can you NOT justify her using her body to make money. I know people argue that the woman is the victim in prostitution but that is why it is strictly controlled and not hooking, spreading STDs and getting beat up by pimps and clients. And I know that someone will link to the recent Cracked article and let me just say, her travails sound the same as most American worker drones with the legal employer harrassment, firings on a whim and a super-low pay to value ratio.
So I think prostitution (not counting selected counties in Nevada) will be the next illegal taboo to start to be mainstream legal. What do y’all think?