The World’s Oldest Profession?

Question the statement that prostitution is the world’s oldest profession. Every day in our work this myth evaporates under the suffering of the women with whom we are in relationship. Bev Stevens from Magdalene has commented that “since the average age that a woman in our program was introduced to sex is around nine, sexual abuse is at least one generation older than prostitution.”


1 Response to “The World’s Oldest Profession?”

  1. 1 Steven N
    May 22, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    On the first page of Yolande Geadah’s book, “La Prostitution, un métier comme un autre?” (Prostitution, a job like any other?), the Quebecois researcher shatters the myth that prostitution is the world’s oldest profession. She states that, outside of their home, women’s first job was cultivating the land — not selling their bodies.

    The more the media reiterates the myth, the further the public accepts it as true. If true, then it would be futile to oppose the existence of prostitution as a valid form of employment.

    But, the myth is just that — a myth. The next time that you read or hear that myth, let the writer or speaker know that women tilled the land long before they were ever exploited through the purchase of their bodies.

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