Patriarchy objectifies and sexualizes female bodies and it has led to the victimization and subordination of women in various ways and as Chinua Achebe says â€œSince men have learned to shoot without missing, he (Eneke the bird) has learned to fly without perchingâ€ (6), women have developed various ways of achieving autonomy and escaping the pangs of patriarchy. Using liberal feministic eyes, this article explores Grizelda Grootboomâ€™s Exit (2017) from the angle of womenâ€™s self emancipation through striptease and prostitution. Both striptease and prostitution have been looked at as the least degraded forms through which women are sexually objectified. Against this background, I argue that the autobiography depicts Grootboom as a strong woman with integrity who exercises agency by taking well calculated decisions of engaging in striptease and prostitution as professions that economically empowers her.
Keywords: Self Emancipation, Striptease, Autonomy, Sexuality, Prostitution