The next time you hear someone (or even yourself) talking the same old smack about hookers, consider this:

The existence of courtesans is a glaring refutation of neofeminist dogma about objectification, the eternal victimhood of whores, etc; the fact that the most celebrated, successful and highly-paid harlots of all time were often those who were educated and could match or surpass men in intellectual pursuits throws a huge spanner into the catechism that prostitution is a manifestation of male dominance over women, that our clients hate us, and so on.

From Maggie McNeill’s blog post about Tullia d’Aragona.

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