My name is Desmond Ravenstone. I’ve been an activist since high school, for well over three decades (yes, I’m that old). Politically, I don’t identify strictly with any particular ideology; I lean towards the “progressive” or “left” in some ways, “libertarian” in others, but not really anarchist. The best philosophical label for me would be “deep pragmatist” – I go with what works to improve well-being and reduce suffering. That’s why I support sex workers’ rights, including and especially the full decriminalization of commercial/transactional sex between consenting adults, and have taken on a more active role as a founding member of Massachusetts Sex Worker Allies Network (MASWAN) and administrator for Clients of Sex Workers Allied for Change (CoSWAC).
About this blog
First, the title. During a recent conversation with friends, I was in an exchange with one woman about sex work, for almost an hour. When it ended, she declared me “quite a bulldog” on the issue. She’s right. One of my intellectual heroes, Thomas Henry Huxley, took on the role of “Darwin’s Bulldog” in defense of evolutionary theory, with fierce intelligence and wry humor. So, this blog is devoted to a philosophical response to the claims of those who seek to ban prostitution, whether because of misguided idealism or misandrous ideology. Comments are welcome, but will be moderated; please stay on topic and refrain from personal attacks. And if you have news or general questions, send me a message via the Contact page.