Playing the Whore

Playing the Whore

The Work of Sex Work /by Melissa Gira Grant

Book - 2014
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Random House, Inc.
Recent years have seen a panic over “online red-light districts,” which supposedly seduce vulnerable young women into a life of degradation, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s live tweeting of a Cambodian brothel raid. But rarely do these fearful, salacious dispatches come from sex workers themselves, and rarely do they deviate from the position that sex workers must be rescued from their condition, and the industry simply abolished — a position common among feminists and conservatives alike.

In Playing the Whore, journalist Melissa Gira Grant turns these pieties on their head, arguing for an overhaul in the way we think about sex work. Based on ten years of writing and reporting on the sex trade, and grounded in her experience as an organizer, advocate, and former sex worker, Playing the Whore dismantles pervasive myths about sex work, criticizes both conditions within the sex industry and its criminalization, and argues that separating sex work from the “legitimate” economy only harms those who perform sexual labor. In Playing the Whore, sex workers’ demands, too long relegated to the margins, take center stage: sex work iswork, and sex workers’ rights are human rights.

Baker & Taylor
Looks at sex work and the way that it is presented in the media, condemning the current conditions in the sex trade as well as its criminalization, arguing that keeping sex work separate from the legitimate economy hurts sex workers.

& Taylor

Drawing on her own experience as a sex worker, community organizer and health educator, the author dismantles the pervasive myths of prostitution, criticizes conditions within the sex industry and argues that sex work is fundamentally a form of work. Original.

Publisher: London :, New York :, Verso Books,, 2014
Description: 144 pages ; 20 cm
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781781683231
Branch Call Number: 306.742 Gra


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