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Prostitution

  • Here is my personal opinion about prostitution. If men knew how to do it, they wouldn't have to pay for it.

    • Roseanne Barr,
    • in Geraldine Barr with Ted Schwarz, My Sister Roseanne ()
  • You can call me mercenary, or call me madam, but, as I always tell my customers — just call me anytime!

  • My method? Basically the same principle as Masters and Johnson, only they charge thousands and it's called therapy. I charge $50 and it's called prostitution.

  • When the stocks go up, the cocks go up!

  • Nowhere is woman treated according to the merit of her work, but rather as a sex. It is therefore almost inevitable that she should pay for her right to exist, to keep a position in whatever line, with sex favors. Thus it is merely a question of degree whether she sells herself to one man, in or out of marriage, or to many men. Whether our reformers admit it or not, the economic and social inferiority of woman is responsible for prostitution.

  • A house is not a home.

  • ... the grocer, the butcher, the baker, the merchant, the landlord, the druggist, the liquor dealer, the policeman, the doctor, the city father and the politician — these are the people who make money out of prostitution ...

  • The worst part about prostitution is that you're obliged not to sell sex only, but your humanity. That's the worst part of it: that what you're selling is your human dignity. Not really so much in bed, but in accepting the agreement — in becoming a bought person.

    • Kate Millett,
    • paraphasing a prostitute interviewed for "Prostitution: A Quartet for Female Voices," in Vivian Cornick and Barbara K. Moran eds., Woman in Sexist Soceity ()
  • Monogamy and prostitution go together.

  • Prostitution is really the only crime in the penal law where two people are doing a thing mutually agreed upon and yet only one, the female partner, is subject to arrest.

  • [On establishing her escort service:] I was sure we could provide a dramatic alternative to what was available, and I was motived by the challenge of doing something better than everyone else.

  • ... society has no qualms about a masseuse who is paid for touching people, or about laborers, or professional athletes or dancers, all of whom make a living with their bodies. Why should we make an exception for sex?

  • ... a call girl is simply someone who hates poverty more than she hates sin.

  • I may be good for nothing, but I'm never bad for nothing!

    • Anonymous,
    • a "call girl" named Ginny, in Sydney Biddle Barrows, Mayflower Madam: The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows ()
  • Romance without finance is a nuisance. Few men value free merchandise. Let the chippies fall where they may.

  • It doesn't take much to produce a good merchant of cash-and-carry love: just courage, an infinite capacity for perpetual suspicion, stamina on a 24-hour-a-day basis, the deathless conviction that the customer is always wrong, a fair knowledge of first and second aid, do-it-yourself gynecology, judo — and a tremendous sense of humor.

  • A country without bordels is like a house without bathrooms.

  • ... I am white and middle-class and ambitious, and I have no trouble identifying with either the call girl or the street hustler, and I can explain why in one sentence: I've been working to support myself in the city for fifteen years, and I've had more offers to sell my body for money than I have had to be an executive.

    • Susan Brownmiller,
    • 1971, in Anne Koedt, Ellen Levine, and Anita Rapone, eds., Radical Feminism ()
  • Into this anonymous pit they climb — a fumbling, frightened, pathetic man and a cold, contemptuous, violated woman — prepared to exchange for twenty dollars no more than ten minutes of animal sex, untouched by a stroke of their common humanity.

  • It is a silly question to ask a prostitute why she does it ... These are the highest-paid 'professional' women in America.

  • The one thing prostitution is not is a 'victimless crime.' It attracts a wide species of preying criminals and generates a long line of victims, beginning with the most obvious and least understood — the prostitute herself.

  • A hustler is any woman in American society. I was the kind of hustler who received money for favors granted rather than the type of hustler who signs a lifetime contract for her trick.

  • Prostitution means sexual intercourse between a man and a woman aimed at satisfying the man's sexual and the woman's economic needs. It is obvious that sexual needs, even in a male dominated system, are not as urgent and important as economic needs which, if not satisfied, lead to disease and death. Yet society considers the woman's economic need as less vital than the man's sexual one.

  • Prostitutes are the inevitable product of a society that places ultimate importance on money, possessions, and competition.

    • Jane Fonda,
    • in Thomas Kiernan, Jane: An Intimate Biography of Jane Fonda ()
  • One of the differences between marriage and prostitution is that in marriage you only have to make a deal with one man.

  • No more astounding relic of the subjection of women survives in western civilization than the status of the prostitute ... In connection with what other illegal vice is the seller alone penalized, and not the buyer?

    • Cyrstal Eastman,
    • 1919, in Blanche Wiesen Cook, Crystal Eastman on Women and Revolution ()
  • Every fallen woman represents a man as guilty as herself, who escapes human detection, but whose soul lies open before God.

    • Julia Ward Howe,
    • in Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards, Maud Howe Elliott, and Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, vol. 1 ()
  • The contempt which men feel for the prostitute, and the fact that they have always regarded themselves as far superior to her, even when they made use of her, suggests an attempt to rationalize the situation; it might be explained as an unconscious transference to the woman of the shame they feel for themselves in these relations.

    • Alison Neilans,
    • "Changes in Sex Morality," in Ray Strachey, ed., Our Freedom and Its Results ()
  • ... there are scores of thousands of women who are denominated prostitutes, and who are supported by hundreds of thousands of men who should, for like reasons, also be denominated prostitutes, since what will change a woman into a prostitute must also necessarily change a man into the same.

  • I am radically pro-pornography and pro-prostitution. Hence I perceive Madonna's strutting sexual exhibitionism not as cheapness or triviality but as the full, florid expression of the whore's ancient rule over men. Incompetent amateurs have given prostitution a bad name.

    • Camille Paglia,
    • "Madonna II: Venus of the Radio Waves," Sex, Art, and American Culture ()
  • People are led to reason thus: a woman who is a wife is one who has made a permanent sex bargain for her maintenance; the woman who is not married must therefore make a temporary bargain of the same kind.

  • A large proportion of capitalist activity is directed to stirring up sensuality in mankind; books, pictures, songs and plays are produced for no other purpose, and hotels, houses and other establishments yield large profits to those who cater for their satisfaction ... Profits and prostitution — upon these empires are built and kingdoms stand ...

  • Why is it immoral to be paid for an act that is perfectly legal if done for free?

    • Gloria Allred,
    • with Lisa Bloom, Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Services ()
  • ... prostitutes don't sell their bodies, they rent their bodies. Housewives sell their bodies when they get married ...

  • Prostitution is the most hideous of the afflictions produced by the unequal division of the world's goods; this infamy blights the human race and testifies against the social order much more than crime; this revolting degradation is brought about by the disastrous effects of prejudices, poverty, and slavery.

    • Flora Tristan,
    • in Dominique Desanti, A Woman in Revolt: A Biography of Flora Tristan (trans. Elizabeth Zelvin) ()