Prostitution, Sexual Autonomy, and Sex Discrimination
Version of Record online: 23 JUN 2010
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Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 166–186, Winter 2011
How to Cite
GAUTHIER, J. (2011), Prostitution, Sexual Autonomy, and Sex Discrimination. Hypatia, 26: 166–186. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2010.01126.x
- Issue online: 1 FEB 2011
- Version of Record online: 23 JUN 2010
Feminist critics of the stigmatization of prostitution such as Martha Nussbaum and Sybil Schwarzenbach argue that the features of the practice do not, or at least need not, differ essentially from those of other more respected sorts of labor. I argue that even the least degraded forms of the current practice of prostitution remain objectionable on feminist grounds because patrons demand a semblance of sexual self-expression that engages discriminatory beliefs about women's sexuality.