Response to Potterat
Fithian, Marilyn A., The Journal of Sex Research
I wish to thank John Potterat, Dr. Tisha Dowe, and Devon Brewer PhD. in bringing to my attention that I had not included "number of prostitutes per capita" in the book review. I should also mention that the article came out in a publication about five years ago. I was in Colorado Springs when it came out and I read it while there. I had some question myself. Therefore, I made extensive inquiries among friends, family, and business people in the community and people I met as well as young women dating cadets. Their responses did not debase the article but I felt it did not cover all of the problems. I also was in social situations and had contact with about fifty cadets.
At an earlier date I had social contact with some of the families and friends of cadets. This is an entirely different population contacted than that of the study by Potterat et al. The people I had contact with were people in the area, who in one way or another were effected by prostitution in the community, mainly as it applied to the cadets. It was very unlikely that their concern was for the street prostitute. It is unlikely that a street prostitute would spend a weekend in Bear Creek or be asked to go to dinner and the theater in Denver. Wives and sweethearts were not happy about this. Sometimes behavior was in a group. A place would be rented for a weekend party. The above letters indicated that "Cadets and prostitutes don't mix." I would be delighted to learn if this was no longer the case. All of the above information was in relation to that source.
This was not a scientific study but this and subsequent information and longitudinal histories of Air Force families indicated behaviors and values that might have evolved at the time cadets were there. This is only privately gathered information which is why I suggested a look at this longitudinally in a more scientific way, more for the long term effect on Air Force personnel and families as they continue their careers.
Since doing a research paper about 40 years ago on prostitution I have continued to read journal articles, books, newspapers, and other literature on the subject as well as interviewing prostitutes and call girls. I have had contact in social situations with a number of them and am close friends with authors of books and articles on prostitution. Some prostitutes have come in for therapy. I also covered the topic in teaching classes at the University. …