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Final Paper for Ph104 - Villanoza

Final Paper for Ph104 - Villanoza

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MoralityinQuezonAvenue
FinalPaperforPh104:PhilosophicalEthics
byAnnaVillanozaIVABPOS
 
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MoralityinQuezonAvenue
Experienceisthebestteacher,thisIhavelearnedfrommyyearsinAteneo.MuchlikeoneofmyPoliticalScienceprofessorstoldme,youhavenorightwritingaboutthepoorifyouhaveneverencounteredapoorperson.ThisisprimarilywhyIchoosethetopic,of
Prostitution
forthisfinalpaper–notthatI’veeverbeenone,butrather,IhadtheuniqueexperienceofinterviewingtwoprostitutesformyTheology131classlastsemester,andmeetingthesetwoprostitutes(clichéasthismaysound)wasoneofthemostenlighteningexperiencesofmyentirelife.However,IfeltthatbecauseofthemoralconstraintsofTheology131,IbelievethatIwasn’tabletogivejusticetothem,byusingthisexperienceagain,Iaimtogivejusticetotheirlifeexperiencesandre-evaluatetheirsituationinordertocomeupofafairerjudgmenttothem.Withthissaid,IwouldliketoexaminethedatafromtheinterviewsthatIhaveconductedandevaluatethemusing“TheRightsApproach”.
Meet,greetandpay
Timetravelingbacktoafewmonthsago,Iwasinitiallyveryhesitanttotakeonthetopicofprostitution.ComingfromaveryChristianupbringing,Iamverysadtosaythatinmyhead,Ialreadyjudgedthemnegatively,evenbeforeImetthem.Thiswould’veprobablystemmedfromtheconceptofChristianteachingthatone’sbodyisthe“templeofGod”thatGodliveswithinus,andthatbydoingthesesortsofthings,weareendangeringourpurity.However,mygroupmatesseemedquiteeagertopursuethetopic,thinkingthatitwouldland
 
3usagoodgradewithourprofessor,intheend,Igaveinanddecidedthatitwouldbeaninterestingtopictosaytheleast.Tobeabletofindprostitutestointerview,mygroupmatesandIdecidedtogotoQuezonAvenueonaThursdaynight,foraccordingto“reliablesources”;thisiswheretheyusuallyconductbusinessin.Wewenttherearound8pm,Iforonewasconfusedbecauseasmediaconstantlybrainwashedmethatprostitutesonlymaketheirappearanceaftermidnight,Ithoughtwewerequiteearly.AswedrovethestripofQuezonAvenue,IsawthePhilippineversionoftheredlightdistrict,thestreetwaslitteredwithnumerousnightclubswiththeoccasionalsignof“Wanted:GRO,applyinside”.Again,mediahasreinforcedmetobelievethatGROmeantprostitute,however,IfoundoutlaterontheGROsimplymeansGuestRelationsOfficer,notnecessarilyprostitutes.Ourgameplanwastofindaprostituteandoffertopayforhertimewhileweconducttheinterview,simpleenough,littledidweknowwewouldactuallyhaveahardtimefindingone.Afterdrivingaroundforacoupleofminutes,wefinallydecidedtoaskacabdriverifheknewwherewecouldfindaprostitute,tooursurprise,hebeckonedawomanalmostinstantly,andsaidthatshewasaprostitute.Iwascompletelytakenabackathow
respectable
shelooked,sheworeablazerandasimplepairofjeans,shelookedlikeshewasinher40’s,shehardlyhadanymake-upon,shewasfriendlytousandwhenwetoldherthatweonlywantedaninterview,sheagreedalmostinstantly,onlyrequestingthatwewouldnotvideotapeherandheridentitywouldremainasecret.Weaskedhertostepintothecarandimmediatelylaunchedourpreparedquestionsather.Wefoundoutthatshewasindeedinher40’s,shecurrentlyhas

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