That’s What She Said



Today I was inspired by some interesting quotes about sex work that I read, so I have spent some time collecting the best ones for you. Enjoy! :-)


“The prostitute is not, as feminists claim, the victim of men, but rather their conqueror, an outlaw, who controls the sexual channels between nature and culture”  – Camille Paglia

“Feminists like to quote these absolutely specious statistics, a typical trick of the feminist movement of the last twenty years. For example, they’ll say the majority of prostitutes have been sexually abused as children. But there’s no evidence for this! The most successful prostitutes are invisible, because the sign of a prostitute’s success is her absolute blending with the environment. She’s so shrewd, she never becomes visible. She never gets in trouble. She has command of her life, and her clients. The ones who get into the surveys have drug problems or psychological problems. They’re the ones who were sexually abused. Feminists are using amateurs to condemn a whole profession. This is appalling!”  -Camille Paglia

“The women who take husbands not out of love but out of greed, to get their bills paid, to get a fine house and clothes and jewels; the women who marry to get out of a tiresome job, or to get away from disagreeable relatives, or to avoid being called an old maid — these are whores in everything but name. The only difference between them and my girls is that my girls gave a man his money’s worth.” -Polly Adler

“A man who moralises is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralises is invariably plain.” -Oscar Wilde

“I don’t understand why prostitution is illegal.  Selling is legal.  Fucking is legal.  Why isn’t selling fucking legal?  You know, why should it be illegal to sell something that’s perfectly legal to give away?” -George Carlin

“No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body.” -Margaret Sanger

“The whore is despised by the hypocritical world because she has made a realistic assessment of her assets and does not have to rely on fraud to make a living. In an area of human relations where fraud is regular practice between the sexes, her honesty is regarded with a mocking wonder.”  -Angela Carter

“There is no more defiant denial of one man’s ability to possess one woman exclusively than the prostitute who refuses to redeemed.”  -Gail Sheehy

“To the moralist prostitution does not consist so much in the fact that the woman sells her body, but rather that she sells it out of wedlock.” -Emma Goldman

“Whores are the most honest girls. They present the bill right away.”  -Alberto Giacometti

“Prostitutes are accused even by feminists of selling their bodies; but prostitutes don’t sell their bodies, they rent their bodies. Housewives sell their bodies when they get married.”  -Florynce Kennedy

“Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance.  It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes.  A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”  -Abraham Lincoln

“I view the prostitute as one of the few women who is totally in control of her fate, totally in control of the realm of sex. The lesbian feminists tried to take control of female sexuality away from men — but the prostitute was doing that all along.”  -Camille Paglia