Gender, Race, and Publishing on the Left

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Wed Jun 17 16:02:22 PDT 1998

Yoshie Furuhashi wrote:

>One more thing. There is nothing natural about using prostitution as a
>metaphor for 'any act undertaken for purely monetary motive.' You don't
>really understand the nature of capitalism and wage labor if you think sex
>work is a 'natural metaphor' for 'any act undertaken for purely monetary
>motive.' Many workers, not just prostitutes, receive pay for 'servicing
>pleasure.' And many (if not most) acts are undertaken for purely monetary
>motive under capitalism. Think Wall Street.

Don't forget this observation by prostitute-writer Tracy Quan:

"Wall Street guys generally like working girls and were among my sweetest clients when I was active. On the whole, they are nicer to do business with than doctors (who are often quite vain, neurotic and selfish) - and they are often more giving than lawyers (who pride themselves on their negotiating skills). Wall Streeters tend to be very indulgent - once they leave the office or the pit, and enter the bedroom.... Also, they basically see themselves as hookers see themselves, which colors their humor."


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