Some claim that calling prostitution a scourge dehumanizes them. On the contrary. Since prostitution is the sexual exploitation & commodification of poor women & children, it is an affront to their humanity to consider it anything but a scourge. To claim it is the oldest profession or an ineradicable feature of social life is cynicism & ignorance. The oldest profession for women is farming & feminism has taken on as its mission no less than the eradication of all patriarchal exploitation & violence against women & children.