Historical, Inspirational, and Influential: Xaviera Hollander
Written by: Michelle Lamore
ENC 1001 Composition
Week 9 Individual Work
Xaviera Hollander had a great impact on the sexual revolution and feminist movement of the 1970’s even though Xaviera’s sexually explicit book, “The Happy Hooker”, detailed her time as a hooker, call girl and madam in New York, its outspoken and blatant sexuality shocked conservative North America and led to her deportation both from Canada and the United States.
Xaviera Hollander, born Xaviera DeVries, comes from a good background, grew up in a loving family atmosphere, and was given a fine European education. Her mother, of German ...view middle of the document...
Probably the only reason they didn’t let him die was because they needed his medical skills.” (Xaviera Hollander, 2002)
Xaviera’s book “The Happy Hooker”, tells the story of her life, told by her. Her book discusses openly of topics such as bondage, lesbianism, voyeurism, and run-ins with the FBI as well as lawyers; telling the story of her life as a former prostitute, call girl, and New York's most famous madam. This book made her an international phenomenon and became best seller, selling more than 15 million copies worldwide. This book also inspired her to write over thirty more books, majority are explicit in nature. Her book was a landmark of sex revolution, helped to push the discussion of sex out of the bedroom and into the mainstream.
Xaviera Hollander had a great impact on the sexual revolution and the gay rights movement. Xaviera was in the midst of the era of sexual chaos. At the start of the “coming out” era, Xaviera pursued her life openly as a bisexual female, later becoming very active within the lesbian community; living her life as a lesbian. She lives her life and tells of her life as a liberal and open minded girl, she self-claims that she falls under all sexual categories; bisexual, lesbian, and heterosexual. “I always had women as a second dish, for when I was a bit fed up with men.” (Advocate, 2002) During the women’s movement Xaviera made recognition of women’s sexual satisfaction and sexual desire. She helped to give a whole new meaning to women’s sexuality and their rights over their own sexuality.
Xaviera had a great impact on the feminist movement of the 1970’s, which promoted women’s power and control over their own lives. She took a non-traditional path to power. She was happy to do something she always liked which is sex, got paid for something she did for free for years, and the respect she gained from her clients in a business manner. Xaviera has the power to control her own life and has shown that she has the power to control her life as she sees fit, regardless of others views or reactions. She has empowered herself as well as women in society to have the...