There's also one major difference between the two: prostitution is active, whereas porn is passive. With porn, it just comes to your screen, and you can just swipe through it. No effort needed. But prostitution, you have to actively go out of your way to partake of it. Either you physically go to the whorehouse or you order a prostitute to come to your door, but in both cases you have to get up and move around to do it. And then there's the act itself, and while I have personally never used a prostitute, I've heard stories and it's still very much an emotionally involved situation. Men have insecurities too, and these insecurities like to mess with his mind even when he's about to get it on with someone he's paying for sex. Whole different ball game there than porn.Let me put it like this, if you were a benevolent philosopher king running society and you had to choose between allowing prostitution or allowing pornography, you always pick prostitution.
Prostitution doesn't scale, it's cost-prohibitive for the majority of men and it's naturally kept in check by social shaming and societal stigma/taboo. It has also been around since the beginning of time and civilization itself, in every place, and evidently didn't prevent the rise of successful, healthy societies following the natural order. We can see this simply by opening a history book.
Pornography on the other hand is a completely different ball game and far more destructive. Due to modern technology it's easily reproducible, ubiquitous, easy to access and basically free. Worst of all, consumption is completely anonymous and there's no natural checks and balances placed upon it. We also have no historical examples regarding the extent of its harmful effects on society, as the sheer scale of it all is unprecedented.
So yeah, I totally agree with you.
Although if I were a benevolent philosopher king, I wouldn't exactly "allow" prostitution, but leave it in a kind of gray zone where it's technically illegal, but not enforced aggressively (that is, where it's actively hunted down/rooted out without provocation). This would help strengthen the shaming force on prostitution while still leaving it as an outlet for men who have that problem.
Porn however, I would be very aggressive in dealing with that, possibly even up to the death penalty for those who produce or distribute it for public consumption.