Prostitution Policy: Revolutionizing Practice Through a Gendered Perspective

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NYU Press, Sep 1, 2005 - Political Science - 214 pages
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While widely acknowledged as the world's oldest profession, and often glamorized or demonized in the media, prostitution is a critical part of American culture and its economy, as well as a social problem in need of an updated public policy.

In Prostitution Policy, Lenore Kuo combines feminist social research and legal studies to tackle issues raised by heterosexual prostitution in the U.S. Through the lens of feminist theory, Kuo examines the milieu of prostitutes and the role of prostitution in contemporary society, and how the interplay of those two works itself out in practice.

Moving beyond theoretical analysis of prostitution, Prostitution Policy turns to the complicated problem of formulating a reasonable legal policy that minimizes harm. Kuo discusss criminalization, legalization, and decriminalization as possible approaches, ultimately arguing for a unique form of decriminalization including detailed legal oversight and mandatory social services.

 

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Contents

Feminism and Policy Analysis
15
2 A Sexually Charged Context the FeministSex Wars and Prostitution Defined
36
3 The Intrinsic Character of Heterosexual Activityand Prostitution
44
4 Sexuality and Prostitution as Conceptual Constructs
51
5 The Practice of Heterosexuality andHeterosexual Prostitution
62
6 The Ideal Character of HeterosexIntercourseand Prostitution
111
7 Evolving a PolicyLegal Status
119
8 The Feminist Debate
138
Policy Recommendations
152
Notes
171
Bibliography
198
Index
208
About the Author
214
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Lenore Kuo is the Nancy Rowell Jackman Chair Professor of Women's Studies for the Maritime Provinces, Mt. St. Vincent University in Nova Scotia

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