Social Order, Male Supremacy, and the Support of Legal Prostitution

Charles Hou, National Chung Hsing University

Although prostitution remains legal in Taiwan, there are only 23 whorehouses and 118 practicing prostitutes throughout the island. Prostitution is illegal in most of the places in Taiwan. The paper intends to address the public attitude toward the support for the sex zone in Taiwan. Data are drawn from a public opinion research of 1,038 samples in Taipei. The paper concludes that: (1) most people do not welcome sex zone in their own residential communities. Citizens are concerned with the deterioration of moral standards and public safety. (2) The sex zone is needed to satisfy the biological needs of the powerful groups. We found that male, middle ages, businessmen, and people of the high income are the most supportive groups of sex zone. In general, prostitution is perceived to be associated with organized crime, rape, violence, and exploitation among the public mind. Besides, male supremacy seems to dominate the reason behind the support of sex zone.

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