sold herself…?

December 31, 2018

The claim that sex workers ‘sell our bodies’ is not only logically absurd (I was a prostitute for years, but my body is still right here with me), but totally sexist because it is based on the notion that a woman’s sexuality is her entire worth. The belief behind this expression is that since a woman has nothing of value to offer except her sexuality, if she ‘sells’ that she has ‘sold herself’ and there is nothing left. The fact that anti-sex worker activists use this expression so often says a lot about them.

Maggie McNeal
The Honest Courtesan