We hear a lot about having a right to this and a right to that… but where does the right to anything truly start or end?

As I mentioned this morning on GM EP, Kerri Sackville wrote a piece this week about the notion of sex as a human right. However, I wonder how that would truly work?

There’s the right to life, sure. Free speech? Definitely. Freedom of association, definitely. But sex?

As Sackville mentions, does that mean, like health and education, the government pays for it? Are we going into a gentleman’s club in Adelaide and flashing the medicare or private health card at the door as payment?

Seems rather far-fetched, right?

But, and here’s the but (and yes, I checked I had the one with just one t three times…), what about the emotional benefits that horizontal folk dancing brings?

The psychological relaxation of nude jogging has been well documented in research. Then again, it’s not exactly required for human survival, unlike food and healthcare.

This is rather a perplexing issue, isn’t it? And this is in addition in the news that an increasing number of women are turning to gentlemen employed in the world’s oldest profession for therapy purposes.

There’s no set criteria to define this development either, aside from the fact the study from the University of NSW centred on women.

Alongside therapy, mostly emotional, was the obvious need to… shall we say, rock the kasbah… but one of the reasons was also to feel safe in the company of a professional who respected boundaries.

I’m the first to put my hand up and criticise those who have hijacked the #metoo movement, but that’s actually a very fair point to make about boundaries and professionals, which brings us full circle on the debate in the state parliament about legalising sex work at the moment. After all, legalisation means regulation.

So there’s the question: should “intimate” services be considered a right or not? I would have thought absolutely not, given it places some rather awkward burdens on people who may not entirely be comfortable with providing such a service. However, if you’re on board with some rights placing some obligations on other, such as the right to food, shelter and healthcare, then maybe you’re in the yes camp… just like Sally meeting Harry…