Grounded in sex worker theory, this essay explores paid sex as a confrontation with free sex. Sex worker theorists name an ambivalent relationship to radical feminist thought, finding theoretical affinities in radical feminism's critiques of unpaid heterosexuality while also disidentifying with its whorephobia, whiteness, gender essentialism, and narratives of false conscious. In an invitation for a radical feminism that commits to radical politics, they frame unpaid heterosexuality as a site of exploitation and romance as a bad deal. They articulate a critique of free sex with cis men, but one that is rigorously attentive both to questions of subjectivity and to the inadequacy of gender as a coherent analytic.

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