Live Sex Acts: Women Performing Erotic Labor

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Taylor & Francis, Jan 1, 1997 - Psychology - 248 pages
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Drawing on more than fifty interviews in both the US and the Netherlands, Wendy Chapkis captures the wide-ranging experiences of women performing erotic labor and offers a complex, multi-faceted depiction of sex work. Her expansive analytic perspective encompasses both a serious examination of international prostitution policy as well as hands-on accounts of contemporary commercial sexual practices. Scholarly, but never simply academic, this book is explicitly grounded in a concern for how competing political discourses work concretely in the world--to frame policy and define perceptions of AIDS, to mobilize women into opposing camps, to silence some agendas and to promote others.

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User Review  - Jo - Goodreads

I wanted this book to go further. Not that it didn't - Wendy Chapkis takes the reader to places unexpected as it is, especially in discussing issues in countries other than America. Still - if this ... Read full review

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User Review  - amanda - Goodreads

An excellent book outlining a variety of issues in sexwork from an open-minded feminist standpoint. Sex work is not viewed as a naughty or disparaged type of work. Highly recommended for folks who are ... Read full review

About the author (1997)

Wendy Chapkis is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Southern Maine, Portland.

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