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Despite What Feminists Say, Selling Your Body For Money Isn’t Empowering

By S.G. Cheah·· 7 min read
Despite What Feminists Say, Selling Your Body For Money Isn’t Empowering

Despite what feminists say, selling your body for money isn’t empowering. It’s self-destructive.

Refinery29, one of the largest publications for women online, recently published an article about a woman who had to resort to making pornography in order to survive financially during the coronavirus crisis. In it, the article painted a benign and rosy picture of how women who engage in creating online porn content were not only “sex-positive,” but also empowered through embracing their sexuality.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Prostitution and Pornography Are Not Empowering

Like most people who haven’t been brainwashed by the poison of feminist propaganda, my initial reaction was revulsion as I read the story. But taking a step back, once I sympathized with the cam-girl who had resorted to selling her body for money, the repulsion subsided, and I couldn’t help but feel pity for her instead.

The feminist agenda actively harms women (and men too) by their normalization of sex-work.

Nobody in their right mind would rationally choose this line of work if they could avoid it. Those who do end up in the sex-work industry go into it knowing that it’s an exploitative trade. The tragedy here, however, is when the feminist agenda actively harms women (and men too) by their normalization of sex-work.

Selling Your Body Is Ultimately Self-Destructive

Perhaps the most egregious thing about today’s pro-sex-work feminism is how it convinces vulnerable young women in desperate financial circumstances that they should treat their body as a commodity to be exchanged for cash. Rarely do they point out how trading sexual intimacy for money generally leads down the road of self-destruction. Studies have shown that sex workers are significantly more prone to suicide.

As ex-pornstar Mia Khalifa warned, the sex industry “preys on young girls’ insecurities and banks on their inexperience.” Whether you like it or not, encouraging women to pursue sex-work is how the sex industry sustains itself. Young women (especially those who are burdened with financial insecurity) are funneled into the sex industry when they’re at their most vulnerable.

 Studies have shown that sex workers are significantly more prone to suicide.

In this regard, the feminist propaganda of “empowerment means doing whatever you want with your body – sex-work included” helps to ensure the constant supply of women for the sex industry. If indeed feminism has helped women to achieve so much progress, then why are they encouraging women to regress back into the world’s oldest profession?

Sexual Appeal Is a Limited Commodity

Women, especially young women, have enormous powers when it comes to sexuality. Unfortunately for women who work in the sex industry, rather than employing this power to make a meaningful connection with a good man, it’s squandered for a few bucks. The saddest part is, by the time a sex worker gets older, she’ll eventually lose the sexual capital she holds and will eventually get less of a return from her career in the sex industry.

She’ll notice that her source of income diminishes as men start to ignore her and replace her with another younger, hotter model. Consequently, these older women will end up becoming hardened feminists and vilify men for liking only younger women. Perhaps that’s an underlying motivation for the feminist movement to push the idea of sex-work as empowering for women.

Not only will selling yourself for sex destroy your life, but it’s also unsustainable in the long run.

Like the inner-city “poverty pimps” who keep their constituents in generational welfare in order to maintain their political power, pro-sex-work feminists encourage women to go into the sex industry (the most misogynistic environment for a woman to be in) as a way to re-affirm the radical-feminist narrative that “all men are pigs.” 

Commodities Are Replaceable 

When you treat your body as a commodity by trading sexual activities for money, you reduce the act of sex to nothing more than a tool – much like a plumber uses their wrench or a landscaper utilizes their lawnmower for work. And just like employing a plumber or a landscaper, to a customer, a sex-worker is replaceable.

A sex-worker is replaceable.

To a guy, a prostitute is nothing more than a woman he hires in order to provide him with sexual pleasure. With all business transactions, the term “the customer is king” rings true. In the sexual transaction, it’s the customer who holds the power because they’re the ones who are being served by the sex-worker. This is another reason why the feminist propaganda of being “empowered through sex-work” is a lie. 

Mutually Destructive Exploitation

It’s common knowledge that sex-work is not sustainable in the long term for the majority. What we tend to forget is how it’s also harmful to a woman’s sense of self-worth when she sells herself for sex. Sex workers tend to suffer higher rates of depression and anxiety.

No woman would rationally want to have anything to do with a pervert, let alone sleep with him because he paid her. But the bigger concern is also how no guy wants to be thought of as a pervert who has to pay for sex.

The women who provide these sexual favors not only hurt themselves, but they also unwittingly facilitate the self-harm of men who are the most vulnerable to the exploitation of the sex industry. The sex industry doesn’t care if it’s profiting from the exploitation of vulnerable young women. Neither does it care if it's monetizing a guy’s self-destruction.  

The sex industry doesn’t care if it’s profiting from the harmful exploitation of men and women. 

For example: Lonely guys who should be spending their time pursuing women in real life are, instead, wasting their lives in a world of make-believe with the sexual fantasies provided by the women on Onlyfans. Clearly, we can’t blame the woman for the bad life choices made by men who are addicted to sex or pornography. They’re the ones who seek out the sex-worker in order to satisfy their compulsion. But the fact still needs to be stated — the harm presented to both the consumers and the suppliers of sex-work is mutually destructive.    

The long-term psychological damage caused by the devaluation of sex is harmful to both the men who are addicted to sex and pornography, as well as to the women who are selling their bodies. Even a base-level job like offering to clean someone’s house or delivering pizza is far healthier in the long term than letting perverts use your body in exchange for money.

Sex Is an Expression of Love

Love is the highest emotion you can experience for another person, and sex is the highest physical pleasure you can experience together with them. As such, the act of sex, or anything relating to sexual activity, should be reserved only for the person you love.

Love and sex involve the shared values of the soul.

Love and sex involve the shared values of the soul. The real pleasure of sex is in the unity of two souls. It’s the reason why meaningful sex can only be consummated with someone you think of as your soulmate. So when you’re exchanging the act of sex for something as cheap as money, you’re devaluing the most intimate part of yourself by sharing it with someone other than the person you love.

Closing Thoughts

While there are a lot of things that could and should be condemned about the sex industry, at the end of the day, I still wish these sex-workers well. As previously stated, no rational woman would pursue a job in the sex industry if they knew how detrimental it would be to their life. Not only will selling yourself for sex destroy your life, but it’s also unsustainable in the long run.

If you know someone who is considering work in the sex industry, be kind to them and let them know how sex-work is a trade that’s physically taxing and psychologically damaging. Furthermore, it will work against their chances of finding true love in the future. Caution them against the feminist propaganda about how sex-work promotes “sex positivity and female-empowerment.” These are the dangerous lies that help recruit vulnerable and impressionable young women into the sex industry.

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