This week's topic:
(Topic suggested and voted for by the previous Tuesday's debate group)
Sometimes called the oldest profession in the world, prostitution is handled very differently in different societies and there are many opinions on how it should be handled.
Some would argue that prostitution is a fact of life and should freely be practiced without any rules or regulations, and that the people doing it are living the best life they are able to, or that in any case it is not other people's business why they are doing it, or how.
Others may argue that prostitution is a necessary evil and should be tolerated, but regulated. If not accepted it will just take other more sordid forms and creep into other types of relationships for instance in the workplace.
It may also in that case be argued that the people who sell services are often psycologically damaged due to previous abuse and that the prostitution is perpetuating that abuse and causing mental trauma and diminishing the soul.
In Sweden selling services are legal, but buying them is not, which is seen as a way of not stigmatizing the prostitutes while being able to prosecute the johns.
Looking at the john side, it can be argued that the people buying the services are deformed and fostered into oppressors who learn to treat other people as commodities whose feelings, thoughts and wants can be ignored.
In many places prostitution is illegal wholesale.
Male prostitution is sometimes forgotten in the debate.
The English Debate Club:
Challenge and improve your English skills with lively discussions and debates! Sometimes we stick to debate format, other times it evolves into a general discussion.
Participants are welcome to prepare beforehand or wing it - but everyone will be encouraged to contribute to the discussion.
Focus will be on crafting arguments in English, phrasing for emphasis and expanding vocabulary at an advanced level. Native English speakers who would like to brush up on their debating skills very welcome also!
Summer rules: It's okay to interject and to reply directly as long as it does not get out of hand (in which case a speaker's list will be more strictly enforced). People who have not spoken much get precedence.
If you just like to sit and listen that is fine too. For the few who really like to talk at length: You may be interrupted and asked for clarification, or it may be pointed out that you're repeating yourself.
First hour is usually a bit more free form, looking at the subject from different angles, and then we may home in on specifics more during the second hour.