Thank you so much for this excellent, sharp and biting critique. I am, honestly, fairly new to the whole world of feminism and feminist thought (having been born and raised, and lived most of my life, in an inordinantly intensely patriarchial family and community, from which I have, at last, “escaped” thanks to women I have met online who have opened my eyes) and I have for the last year or two been climbing up a very steep learning curve. Still forming opinions, still debating within myself my own duality of views when it comes to all matter relating to sex. But even when in a state of relative ignorance of all the finer nuances of feminist debate, even I could look at voices advocating for and promoting women “sex workers” and holding them up as role models of empowerment and think to myself, on a simple gut instinct level….”uhhh, there is something wrong with this picture.” You have articulated very well exactly what my gut instincts were trying to tell me. As saddened as I have always been by objectification of women, I feel a sadness trending towards fury at women objectifying women. I truly struggle to understand the viewpoint of such women at all. Is this some sort of sexual version of the Stockholm syndrome?

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