feminism / prostitution

Homesteader Or Whore?

While avoiding doing boss man’s dishes earlier today I read this: How 19th Century Prostitutes Were Among the Freest, Wealthiest, Most Educated Women of Their Time. The article, excerpted from A Renegade History of the United States, by Thaddeus Russell expounds on all of the glorious reasons there were to be a whore. Seriously. It begins like this:

In the nineteenth century, a woman who owned property, made high wages, had sex outside of marriage, performed or received oral sex, used birth control, consorted with men of other races, danced, drank, or walked alone in public, wore makeup, perfume, or stylish clothes — and was not ashamed — was probably a whore.

Well I’ll be, right? While there were inevitably some downsides to sex work in the 19th century, Russell notes many of the pluses in this article, including how Madams were some of the richest Americans at the time, not to mention major landowners and litigators. And how whores had better wages and benefits than most any man or woman around. Fascinating stuff.

I find myself questioning–on my own for the eve after schlepping it to a yoga class, now perched with glass of red in hand–would I have preferred to be a homesteader or a whore? I dare say whore. Hopefully the huz won’t find that too disquieting. Then again, he knows how much I like to walk alone in public and wear perfume…

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