Marx and Engels on Prostitution

“Prostitution is only a specific expression of the general prostitution of the labourer, and since it is a relationship in which falls not the prostitute alone, but also the one who prostitutes — and the latter’s abomination is still greater — the capitalist, etc., also comes under this head.”

 — Marx, “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844”

“Marriage itself remained, as before, the legally recognized form, the official cloak of prostitution.”

 — Engels, “Socialism: Utopian and Scientific,” Chapter 1

“And here is the answer to the outcry of the highly moral philistines against the ‘community of women.’ Community of women is a condition which belongs entirely to bourgeois society and which today finds its complete expression in prostitution. But prostitution is based on private property and falls with it. Thus, communist society, instead of introducing community of women, in fact abolishes it.”

 — Engels, “The Principles of Communism,” 1847

Published by Victor Vaughn

Anti-revisionist Marxist-Leninist, National Secretary of the American Party of Labor (APL).

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