Note:I did not want to sound like I agree with the oversimplification of the attitudes towards sexual imagery given. I figured there would be plenty of people chiming in with "It's not that simple."
However, tying this back to the body hair thing. I thought one of the aspects of "sex positiveness" was to take back this notion that only Barbie and Ken are attractive. Hence things like "big is beautiful", "mature and sexy", and a celebration of the human body in its natural form. There are of course NSFW words for these things too.
I am curious what insight people have into this. Can the sexual imagery that is mostly catered to and created by men who have particular tastes be brought into a more balanced and diverse expression?
Also, @Mole mentioned prostitution too. Can this even be done in a way that is not harmful? I am not entirely sure what happened in Sweden. But my understanding is that selling sex is legal, but buying it is not?
I did some minimal digging. I am not sure why demographics of the "John"s are so much easier to find, but they are. I found some information about various countries.
Some statistics about prostitution from this site (http://prostitution.procon.org/view....ourceID=004119)(Note that this is not a primary source, I will look for better)
(A summary of the quoted report is supposedly here: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/222451.pdf , but I was not able to find the quote)While men who solicit prostitution are not atypical demographically or in terms of criminal history, they are unsurprisingly and measurably different in terms of a range of attitudes toward women, relationships, and commercial sex... [C]onsumers were less likely to be happily married than men in national samples, to have sexually liberal attitudes (e.g., to view premarital sex, sex among minors, and homosexuality as acceptable), and to think about sex more often. Commercial sex participants were also less likely to have been sexually molested as children, or to report having forced women into sexual acts. The differences between samples were not large, but were statistically significant.
(I believe the source is here: http://www.worldcat.org/title/americ.../oclc/44281397, but it is behind a pay wall)Contact [with prostitutes] is higher among those living in metropolitan areas, Blacks, those with lower incomes, veterans (probably when in military service), those who attend church less frequently, and those having gone through a divorce or are currently separated. Among married men paying for sex during the last 12 months is strongly related to low marital happiness.
The above seems to indicate some amount of class/race bias in those who go to prostitutes. I had once talked to a retired person knowledge about this and he claimed that the John's in the area were mainly Hispanics and Blacks, and that the "escorts" and "sensual masseuses" tended to be Black or Asian.
Demographics of arrest in Vancouver is here:
You can compare against general demographics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Vancouver
Here, race doesn't seem to play as big a role, but education level and geography does.
Frankly, I am more confused than I began searching about this.
I believe, like with drugs, criminalizing those participating in prostitution will tend to disproportionately stigmatize those who already have trouble, while those coming from families with connections will find ways to sweep offenses under the rug.
However, prostitution does seem like something where availability will fuel demand, which in-turn will fuel many of the harmful activities associated with prostitution.