Well kathy, I consider myself a libertarian also. Do I want government out of my life as much as possible...sure. But to take it to the point that being a libertarian equates to thinking prostitution is good for women.....I don't think so.
It's kind of like politicians. Are politicians just for the sake of being a politician, automatically corrupt, evil , or exploitative? Some would say no. Others, givens the historical value of what politics is, and always has been, IS corrupt by the very nature of politics. It is hard to separate politics, politicians, and the nature as how they do business. Handing out money to the needy, the less fortunate, and those willing to get on their knees for it, is one group exploiting another. That is the nature of politics.
And it closely resembles to me, the very nature that if men on one side have handfuls of money, and offer it to those who many times need it, there is a degree of exploitation.
I would say that politicians because of the nature of the business of politics, is exploitative and corrupt. And I would say that for a population that 30-50% live below the poverty level, that a system of prostitution, who on side side (those with money) can buy services from those who need money, this is exploitation on some level.
Funny you mention the doctor. It is a shame she had no other means to pay for college. Perhaps she could of just slept with the college professor for tuition and grades. I'm sure you feel with your libertarian views that a college professor in positions of power, demanding every freshmen sleep with him to get a good grade, is alright also. After all, they are both adults.
I see exploitation whether it be money, influence, or anything else, held over another person of need, as wrong.
I would rather have women give away sex for free. And not do so out of need. Whether it be from a john offering money, or a professor doling out grades. Power and money over peoples lives, is not good. It is exploitation.
You somehow equate prostitution with sex and a persons right. Like saying that elected officials are just guys doing their job. I see prostitution as a system of exploitation, just as politics is corrupt exploitative also. Hard to separate out the good and bad.