Jan 12, 2012

Law 101: Prostitution and Gender Bias

There is no such thing as Male Prostitute, thats according to the Revise Penal Code of the Philippines which specifically defines that Prostitutes are "women" who, for money or profit, habitually indulge in sexual intercourse or lascivious act. Penalty is aresto menor or fine not exceeding 200 pesos and in case of recidivism, by aresto mayor in its medium period to prision correcccional in its minimum period or fine ranging from 200 to 2,000 pesos, or both, in the discretion of the court.

Unfair of course to the well loved gender of our society and advantageous to the other but its just one of the many laws in the country that pegs women's inferiority. Nobody can be blamed for this except Filipino culture and tradition but we must not also be complacent about it because our modern times dictates equality for both gender.

The first women president in the world is a Filipino, the mother of our current president Benigno Simeon Aquino, and another women already came to power, its high time for us to update all this laws and embrace reality. Not to mention of course was the fines mentioned on law, 200 pesos is just so cheap for a serious and punishable crime, offenders will just shrug it off there sleeve because they can pay it easily nor serve the imprisonment of 1 Month and 1 day to 6 months. The revised law must stipulate gender equality adding male on the description, higher monetary fines and longer imprisonment to discourage current and future offenders.

There had been moves at the moment to amend the laws and the constitutions itself, let us be open minded with the move, support it and not let to much politicking hinder changed. We need this now more than ever!


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