Is Feminism Failing Sex Workers?

Why moral objections to sex work are hypocritical.

Does money make good women bad? If a woman in the street asks a man “Will you sleep with me?”, that is perfectly legal. But if he says yes and she tells him that it will cost him £20, that’s against the law.

The laws against prostitution introduced in the 1950s were based on moral rules applied to sexual behaviour, especially the sexual behaviour of women. As such they also symbolise “double standards of sexual morality that result in stigmatising not just prostitutes, but many unconventional women, as sluts or whores."[1]

But moral rules are not static. It took the courage and determination of LGBTQI people demanding their rights to win the decriminalisation of gay sex. Public opinion has already largely shifted on the issue of prostitution. As far back as 2008, 59% of people agreed that “prostitution was a perfectly reasonable choice that women should be free to make”.

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