The Idea of Prostitution

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Spinifex Press, 2008 - Psychology - 394 pages
There are (at least) two competing views on prostitution: prostitution as a legitimate and acceptable form of employment, freely chosen by women and men's use of prostitution as a form of degrading the women and causing grave psychological damage. In 'The Idea of Prostitution' Sheila Jeffreys explores these sharply contrasting views.
 

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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

INTRODUCTION
1
feminism and the league of nations
7
prostitution and the sexual revolution
35
the prostitutes rights movement
65
homosexuality and prostitution
92
prostitution as choice
128
just a job like any other? prostitution as work
161
why cars? whos driving? prostitution and the theorising of sexuality
196
prostitution as sex
213
prostitution as male sexual violence
242
sexual violence feminist human rights theory and the omission of prostitution
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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