15 of the Best things Ever Said about Prostitution

By Karley Sciortino /

I’ve gotten quite a bit of flack for “glamorizing sex work” on this blog, and to that I say: “Yeah, so what?” 

1) “I fuck guys who I don’t like all the time. I might as well get paid for it.” – Madeline, a high class escort, one of the baddest bitches I know, and one of my BFFs.

2) “Every hooker I ever speak to tells me that it beats the hell out of waitressing.” — Woody Allen in Deconstructing Harry

3) “Not every woman is a prostitute, but prostitution is the natural apotheosis of the feminine attitude.” — Georges Bataille

4) “In a world of twelve-years-olds in sexy boots and nans in sparkly mini-dresses, the surest way to tell the prostitute walking into a hotel at Heathrow is to look for the lady in the designer suit.” ― Brooke Magnanti in Belle de Jour

5) “Suppress prostitution, and capricious lusts will overthrow society.” — St. Augustine

6) “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 (aka my hero)

7) “The highest form of prostitution is marriage.” — I don’t know who said that, but someone said that to me once as if it was a famous quote.

8) “If a woman hasn’t got a tiny streak of a harlot in her, she’s a dry stick as a rule.” — D. H. Lawrence

9) “Actually, if my business was legitimate, I would deduct a substantial percentage for depreciation of my body. — Xaviera Hollander (bad bitch and author of The Happy Hooker)

10) “Freedom and whores are the most cosmopolitan items under the sun.” — Georg Büchner

11) “Every harlot was a virgin once. Prisons are built with stones of law, brothels with bricks of religion.” — William Blake

12) “Punishing the prostitute promotes the rape of all women. When prostitution is a crime, the message conveyed is that women who are sexual are “bad,” and therefore legitimate victims of sexual assault. Sex becomes a weapon to be used by men.” — Margo St. James

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

14) “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

15) “You can make prostitution illegal, but you can’t make it unpopular.” — Martin Behrman

Main pic @Jeff Koons



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