sell (one's) body

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sell (one's) body

To have sexual intercourse or perform sexual acts for money; to prostitute oneself. Things had become so desperate for Jacob that he even considered selling his body just to earn enough to eat each day.
See also: body, sell
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She traces the interplay between misogynistic images of women who sold their bodies, retailed commodities, or speculated in the stock market and the rise of domestic ideologies that asserted women's inherent weaknesses and natural inabilities to participate independently in the expanding commercial economy.
Her argument is that the Second Empire crackdowns on ambulatory vendors and the reform of the Halles and Temple used clothing market were driven by suspicion of women retailers, by fear that female vendors sold their bodies on the side, and by the desire to re-make market women into more virtuous merchants.