Feminist Issues In Prostitution
Year Published: 1997
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX6987
The flawed reasoning behind the opposition to prostitution by (radical) feminists.
Abstract: Radical feminism opposes prostitution on the grounds that it degrades women and furthers the power politics of the male gender. Feminists seek to be supportive of sex workers while deploring the work itself as inherently wrong. While they do not admit to taking an ethical position in contemporary moral terms, radical feminists are in fact making a moral statement. Once their arguments are evaluated in an ethical light they tend to break down logically. Much of the problem stems from a lack of understanding of ethical concepts such as virtue, morality, and degradation.