But I’ve always admired Paglia’s writing and her “in your face” style. And her views of prostitution, companionship if you will, fall very much in line with my own.
On the same note, modern day feminists (for the most part) aren’t inline with my philosophy at all, which is a shame because the earlier feminists believed in equal rights but also, the decriminalization of sex work. Oh, there might have been some heated back and forth about the topic, but it was generally consensus that a woman’s body was hers to do with as she pleases.
The following is Paglia’s views on sex work:
“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!
I’m against the harassment of prostitutes. Unless they are actually interfering with people’s movements, they have a perfect right to be doing what they’re doing.”
It’s great to read comments from learned women about issues concerning me that actually makes sense!
Just for fun, here are a few of her quotes that I sincerely appreciate:
“My thinking tends to be libertarian. That is, I oppose intrusions of the state into the private realm — as in abortion, sodomy, prostitution, pornography, drug use, or suicide, all of which I would strongly defend as matters of free choice in a representative democracy.”
“The prostitute is not, as feminists claim, the victim of men but rather their conqueror, an outlaw who controls the sexual channel between nature and culture.”
“A woman simply is, but a man must become. Masculinity is risky and elusive. It is achieved by a revolt from woman, and it is confirmed only by other men. Manhood coerced into sensitivity is no manhood at all.”
“Prostitution is not just a service industry, mopping up the overflow of male demand, which always exceeds female supply. Prostitution testifies to the amoral power struggle of sex, which religion has never been able to stop. Prostitutes, pornographers, and their patrons are marauders in the forest of archaic night.”
“We should teach general ethics to both men and women, but sexual relationships themselves must not be policed. Sex, like the city streets, would be risk-free only in totalitarian regimes.”
“Leaving sex to the feminists is like letting your dog vacation at the taxidermist”