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Perspectives on Prostitution Beginning around 1910 many religious and civic organizations in the United States started to develop a nationwide campaign against the immorality of prostitution Although the government and other organizations may view prostitution as an immoral act depending on a persons social perspective he or she may view prostitution as being acceptable in todays society On the other hand a person may see prostitution as an immoral display This once again depends on the persons sociological point of view When prostitution is viewed with the perspective of differential association what type of people he or she is surrounded by and also what type of environment that surrounds the person will determine the persons analysis of prostitution If a person has grown up surrounded by prostitutes pimps or anything in general that deals with prostitution the person would view prostitution as being an acceptable way of life and survival Likewise a person that has not been surrounded by prostitution or has never encountered it will tend to see it as deviant and unjust From a control theorists view a persons view on prostitution will be determined by how other people view the subject If a person continually comments on how prostitution is wrong and deviant the listener will feel threatened by the persons remarks and therefore be against the act in fear of being immoral and going against the current standard For example a homosexual that has the fear of coming out of the closet can be considered as an instance of control theory If the persons parents or close friends express that they are homophobic or show great hatred towards homosexuals the person will feel threatened The person feels this threat of telling others about his or her sexual preference because of the fear that once they express their homosexuality they will no longer be accepted or will be outcast by their parents or current social group Labeling theory can be explained
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