quotations about prostitution
If nobody wants to sell sex, it is a crime to force anyone to do so. But when men or women do want to sell their bodies, they should have that full right without encountering punishment or discrimination. If the client behaves decently, the relationship between the sex buyer and the sex seller must be considered a purely private transaction.
NILS JOHAN RINGDAL, Love For Sale
Every hooker I ever speak to tells me that it beats the hell out of waitressing.
WOODY ALLEN, Deconstructing Harry
We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution.
VICTOR HUGO, Les Misérables
What is marriage but prostitution to one man instead of many?
ANGELA CARTER, Nights at the Circus
Prostitution exists today because women are objectified sexually, and because it is considered more permissible for men than for women to have purely sexual experiences.
RUTH MAZO KARRAS, Common Women
Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are married to them.
JERRY FALWELL, Crossfire, May 17, 1997
Prostitution is a serious, ugly, social phenomenon. Young women do this connected to the fact that they cannot survive any other way and that is a problem of society.
VLADIMIR PUTIN, "Vladimir Putin dismisses Donald Trump dossier claims as 'rubbish'", CNN, January 18, 2017
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, Anarchism and Other Essays
I'd rather be in Las Vegas 104 degrees than New York 90 degrees, you know why? Legalized prostitution. In any weather that takes the edge off.
RAY ROMANO, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
Prostitution will always lead into a moral quagmire in democratic societies with capitalist economies; it invades the terrain of intimate sexual relations yet beckons for regulation. A society's response to prostitution goes to the core of how it chooses between the rights of some persons and the protection of others.
BARBARA MEIL HOBSON, Uneasy Virtue
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.... Prostitutes, pornographers, and their patrons are marauders in the forest of archaic night.
CAMILLE PAGLIA, Sexual Personae
I'm nobody's idea of what a whore looks like. Maybe that's why I'm scary.
JEANNETTE ANGELL, Callgirl
Prostitution, when unmotivated by economic need, might well be defined as a species of psychological addiction, built on self-hatred through repetitions of the act of sale by which a whore is defined.
KATE MILLETT, Sexual Politics
[Prostitution] isn't inherently immoral, any more than running a company like Enron is inherently immoral. It's how you do it that counts. And the reality is that it's going to happen anyway. It's not called the world's oldest profession for nothing. Why not make it, at the very least, safe and productive?
JEANNETTE ANGELL, "A Wellness Perspective on Prostitution, Freedom, Religion, and More", Seek Wellness, April 30, 2005
People tend to be put off by the idea of selling sex, but if you spend a winter's night with one of them and talk with her about her family and so on, you're likely to find she's just like any other woman.
EIJI YOSHIKAWA, The Art of War
As you hope for mercy, be merciful to your erring sisters, strive when in your power to lead them back to the paths of virtue, and in so doing you will place a crown of beauty, a diadem of glory, around your own brow. If you but knew how the hearts of many among them yearned to leave their abandoned life, and once more eat the bread of honest industry; if you knew how they loathed the life they are leading, which so often ends in a suicide's grave, you would strive by kindness to save them at the eleventh hour.
T. AUGUSTUS FORBES LEITH, "On Fallen Women", Short Essays
No one would accept prostitution as a legitimate career if they were forced to confront the statistics which lie below the surface.
BLAKE YOUNG, "Talking Point: We would best be freed from the scourge of sex work", The Mercury, January 12, 2017
Marriage is for woman the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.
BERTRAND RUSSELL, Marriage and Morals
There are 80,000 prostitutes in London alone and what are they, if not bloody sacrifices on the altar of monogamy?
ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER, "On Women", Studies in Pessimism
Prostitution is criminal, and bad things happen because it's run illegally by dirt-bags who are criminals. If it's legal, then the girls could have health checks, unions, benefits, anything any other worker gets, and it would be far better.
JESSE VENTURA, interview, Playboy, November 1999