Chapter 8

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Every once in a while the idea bubbles to the surface, that we should punish or publicize the names of men caught with prostitutes in their cars or wherever.

I get the principle: If you promise to shame men who have to pay for nookie rental, you'll probably get fewer men paying for nookie rental. But in practice, the practice has some shortcomings.

Four times in my life now, I have been approached by a woman begging for assistance. Her car broke or is out of gas, and she needs a ride someplace. Three times out of those four, the woman's intention turned out to be to offer me some kind of very personal service in exchange for some kind of cash. One time, I actually did help a poor woman who was stranded on a country road, out of gas late at night.

See where this goes: The primary result of this John-outing program will be for men to stop helping women in distress. If I knew I was going to be in the paper for soliciting prostitutes whenever I stop to help a fellow human being, it'll be that much less likely that I ever stop to help fellow human beings.

If men don't want to get their reputations ruined for being good Samaritans, women who are actually stranded and in a jam will never get helped again.

This is not good.