What about a woman’s bodily autonomy?

10 July 2019

Prostitution undermines a woman’s bodily autonomy as the entire transaction is based on a man using a woman’s body for one-sided sexual gratification. 

The sex acts that take place are dictated by what a man is willing to pay for, not by a woman’s wants, needs, likes or desires. This is how the sex trade and resulting ‘marketplace’ is run. In effect, it is the socially sanctioned (by some countries) payment by a man, to a woman, of his use of her body for a specific sexual purpose. 

This not only undermines a woman’s bodily autonomy but also a woman’s sexuality, pleasure and bodily integrity. It undermines and trivialises the importance of genuine enthusiastic, freely given consent and the reciprocity and respect that is central to healthy sexual experiences. 


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