ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Sociology of Prostitution

experimental situations it has been seen that players may take apparently irrational decisions because they fed that the rational decision will lead to inherently unfair outcomes. A careful examination of the games where NE ate not relevant reveals that these are games not amenable to equilibrium analysis. Equilibrium analysis requires that (a) every agent should optimise perfectly and completely against the, strategies of opponents, (b) the characters of these opponents and their strategies should be perfectly known and (c) players must be able to evaluate all their options. In reality, agents probably behave in a "boundedly rational" manner, i e, they try to reach certain goals consciously within the context of their cognitive and computational limitations. Kreps discusses a number of attempts to model such retrospective boundedly rational behaviour The agents in these models build models of their choice problem in the short run and act optimally in the framework of their MASQUES of morality have always shroud ed societal response to prostitution. The legal, theological and social science discour ses have either condemned it as evidence of moral turpitude or at best justified it as necessary to contain male sexual aggression. D' Cunha critiques such phallocenteric biases which have marked popular perception and coloured social science theories on the subject. She makes scathing attacks on the hypocrisy involved in such ambivalence. On the one hand prostitution is condoned provided it is kept out of view, and on the other public outrage condemns the hapless victim rather than the perpetrators of the system. Such convenient standards only sue ceed in forcing prostitution behind closed doors which leads to the exploitation of women and children.

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