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Politics, Philosophy & Economics online discussion: Juliana Bidadanure’s ‘Making Sense of Age- Group Justice with a précis by Paul Bou-Habib

Welcome to our online discussion  of Juliana’s Bidadanure’s recent publication in Politics Philosophy & Economics ‘Making Sense of Age-Group  Justice: A Time For Relational Equality?’. The paper is available through open access here.  Paul Bou-Habib is starting us off with a critical précis.  David Axelssen (LSE), Paula Casal (Pompea Fabra), Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus), Martin O’Neill (York) and Christian Schemmel (Manchester) will follow with their comments.  This  is going to be a very interesting exchange, so please join in!

Here’s Paul:

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Politics, Philosophy & Economics Discussions at Pea Soup: Juliana Bidadanure’s ‘Making Sense of Age-Group Justice’

We are thrilled to have our first Politics, Philosophy & Economics online discussion in Pea Soup’s new format.

On the 28th of September 2016  we will be discussing Juliana Bidadanure‘s outstanding paper “Making Sense of Age-Group Justice: A Time for Relational Equality?”. Juliana offers a cutting-edge contribution to our understanding of intergenerational inequality. The paper is available here.

We have an excellent line-up of academic experts to discuss Juliana’s paper.  Paul Bou-Habib (Essex) will start us off with a critical précis of the paper.   David Axelssen (LSE), Paula Casal (Pompea Fabra), Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus), Martin O’Neill (York) and Christian Schemmel (Manchester) will offer their comments. Do join us!

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Sex Work is Different

This post was inspired by a story in the WaPo, the relevant detail of which is that, due to the economic hardship in Greece, some young Greek women are selling sex for the price of a sandwich they cannot otherwise afford to buy. Also, the argument I want to make may be old news; this is not a topic where I have a lot of familiarity with the literature.

There are basically two moral views about sex work, which I will define for present purposes as the exchange of money for some form of sex in short-term, one-off transactions. (So, here, sex work is prostitution.) One view is that sex work is a lot like other kinds of work, except it is mostly performed by women and, due to various kinds of sexism and discrimination, has historically been stigmatized and exploited labor. The right course is to learn to treat sex work as normal work, and enact appropriate regulation that protects the sex workers, in the same spirit one would legally protect other kinds of workers.

The other moral view, which I take to be encoded in most state laws in the US (I can’t speak for elsewhere), is that sex work is morally problematic in some deeper way. The usual thought, I believe, is that it degrades the sex worker; sex work is intrinsically undignified. The proper way to handle sex work is to proscribe it entirely, where this is practical, and in any case discourage it.   What follows is an argument in favor of this general view.

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