Happy Hooker Revisited

Xaviera Hollander, who wrote the Happy Hooker in the 1970’s, glamorized prostitution as empowerment for women. Few know that Hollander was a Holocaust survivor. Playwright and author Carolyn Gage analyzes Hollander’s advocacy of prostitution and her pimping in the context of her earlier traumatic life. Gage notes that the sexualized behavior of Hollander, Marilyn Monroe, and many women can be understood as not only “post-traumatic, generalized Stockholm Syndrome” but also as idealized female behavior and as behavior of enslaved children.

Gage’s article, Trivial Lives: the Happy Hooker Revisited is in Trivia, Voices of Feminism, an online journal.

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