Leah’s Daughter’s Words

{November 14, 2008}   So… What Is A Prostitute??


[pros-ti-toot, -tyoot]  
noun, verb, -tut⋅ed, -tut⋅ing.

1. a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money; whore; harlot.
2. a man who engages in sexual acts for money.
3. a person who willingly uses his or her talent or ability in a base and unworthy way, usually for money.

–verb (used with object)

4. to sell or offer (oneself) as a prostitute.
5. to put to any base or unworthy use: to prostitute one’s talents.

Believe it or not, this question has been floating in my mind for a little while. What sparked it? A topic a prof brought up a while ago and the fact of the unfortunate route from my house to my church on a regular basis… there is A LOT of prostitution. My hearts breaks when I see them, but then I think about the ones that prostitute out of either ignorance or denial, that broke my heart even more.

Not to give props to the street prostitutes or anything, but at least they made a conscious decision of knowing what it is from the jump, versus those that give themselves away for someone to give them what they really ache for. For those who consider their bodies a small price for someone elses affection or the stroke of their egos. For those that consider their bodies a minute sacrifice for a flawless gift that all their friends would admire or for a warm body by their sides. It breaks my heart.

Most people would assume that I am only referring to women. Nope. Most would assume I am only referring to those having sexual relationships outside of marriage. Nope. It can happen in a marriage in a sense as well… an unhealthy one anyway… Example: Wife gets no love from her husband, is always away and she feels unloved. Instead of addressing that, the husband gets what he wants when he comes home and to “shut her up” brings her jewelry… Now let’s look back to our definition. It breaks my heart…


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