The Idea of Prostitution

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Spinifex Press, 2008 - Social Science - 394 pages
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From the white-slave traffic of the 19th century to present-day business practices, this well-researched report examines the changing concept of prostitution, exploring its initial roles as a form of sexual freedom and a way for women to escape poverty to a contemporary role as a human rights violation. Arguing against sexual violence, this record investigates various aspects related to the topic, including male prostitution, military brothels, and pornography. Comparing the act with slavery and marital rape, this new edition explores the claims of the prostitutes’ rights movement and the burgeoning sex industry. This invaluable book is not only informative vis-ą-vis the condition of prostituted individuals but also determined in its convictions.

 

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The idea of prostitution, argues Sheila Jeffreys, leads to the same outcome for prostituted women, and is a violation of human rights. Read full review

Contents

the traffic in women
7
homosexuality and prostitution
92
prostitution as choice
128
just a job like any other?
161
why cars? whos driving? prostitution
196
prostitution as sex
213
prostitution as male sexual violence
242
sexual violence feminist human rights
275
trafficking prostitution and human rights
306
CONCLUSION universalising prostitution
339
BIBLIOGRAPHY
349
INDEX
373
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Sheila Jeffreys is the author of Anticlimax: A Feminist Perspective on the Sexual Revolution, Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West, and Unpacking Queer Politics: A Lesbian Feminist Perspective. She is a founding member of the Australian branch of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATWA) and a professor of sexual and international feminist politics at the University of Melbourne.

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