PERSONS AND THINGS II
Langton points out that Maria would have had to contend with “the sexual marketplace, where human beings are viewed as having a price, and not a dignity, and where the price of women is fixed in a particular way.” (Her italics.)
Langton: “Women, as things, as items in the sexual marketplace, have a market value that depends in part on whether they have been used. Virgins fetch a higher price than second hand goods.”
Langton remarks that this is to treat a person as a thing, and that such treatment must be evil according to Kant’s own philosophy. And she says that this is a point which Kant himself did not recognize, since he thought it was appropriate that Maria suffer as she did for her confession.