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Whores and Other Feminists

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Whores and Other Feminists is the first volume to examine sex work and the sex industry through the eyes of self-identified feminist sex workers - strippers, prostitutes, porn writers, producers and performers, dominatrices - and their allies. Comprising a range of voices from both within and outside the academy, this collection draws from traditional feminisms, postmodern ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published August 14th 1997 by Routledge (first published July 2nd 1997)
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Jun 23, 2008 lindsay! rated it it was ok
In this book, every essay was written by a woman who has been involved in the sex industry, and many are very positive about their experiences. While it's good to hear that they are not traumatized, there is a difference between being ok with your past and promoting the sex industry as the road to gender equality. In most cases, I do think prostitution is inherently degrading to women, and I was unconvinced by these essays to believe otherwise. If this is a topic of interest, I recommend the boo ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminism, sexuality, queer
I am SO glad to have finally read this one, which has been on my "to read" shelf for years. Considered one of the vaginal (as opposed to seminal - get it?) works on the intersection of sex work & feminism, this anthology had it all. From working class to high class, from butch to femme, even an essay or two on male sex workers, "Whores" elegantly discusses the need for "abolitionist feminists" to re-consider their stance that "all sex work is bad and wrong and harms all women, everywhere, al ...more
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Apr 22, 2010 ONTD Feminism rated it really liked it
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This book was actually my first introduction to sex-positive feminism, and I've read it over and over. It's a very pro-sex work book, but it does not gloss over the problems in the industry, and also includes essays from women of color and people all over the queer spectrum (although, upon thinking, I don't believe it has any essays by trans* people, which is an issue, but it's still worth the read). Some of it is very frank, with women sharing their stories, experiences, and fe
Jul 29, 2012 Jamie rated it really liked it
The "Holy Whore," essay seemed a little extreme and it comes early in the book. But don't let that one dissuade you from finishing it. I found this to be an amazing anthology of voices not often heard. This is a must read for anyone who has never considered sex work from a feminist perspective OR for anyone that believes all sex workers are victims. Yes, these essays convey positive attitudes and experiences in the industry. However, they do not gloss over the negatives. Those perspectives simpl ...more
Jan 20, 2009 Aspasia rated it it was amazing
Required reading for anyone calling themselves a feminist.
Feb 06, 2010 Tawny rated it liked it
Having read other books and blogs devoted to examining sex work and feminism before reading this one, I have to say I was a little disappointed. Because the book was written exclusively by people in San Francisco, it lacks the range of other sex work collections (I don't know if anyone else noticed, but it seemed like half the essays were written by women who were at one time or another employed at the Lusty Lady.) Everyone in the collection was basically repeating the same talking points to the ...more
Apr 14, 2013 Isy rated it it was ok
Shelves: cuentos-de-damas
It almost seemed pro-sex worker oriented. Which is cool, I respect the fact that in many cultures they are outside the whole sexual wars. Not as subjugated to the rules, yet still put through exile by men and by women due to the fact they don't follow a certain rule. Men ashamed by what they mean, particularly in correlation to them. Women dislike them due to what they mean in correlation to their husbands. It makes for a good starter book in regards to sexuality and what it means to be female, ...more
Eileen Sam
Dec 22, 2007 Eileen Sam rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Women and men
So this book was given to me as a gift by a very special friend who was conducting studies of women in the sex industry. The friend was my mentor in a project I conducted my senior year about child prostitution in Hawaii. This book is an AMAZING compilation of stories shared by women who are "classified in stereotypes" and their reflections. Very complex and I laughed and cried through out this book.
Jan 26, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it
I appreciate the perspective of this book and think it's important for these voices to be heard, a lot of it just reads too much like a textbook for my taste. I especially liked the essay by the female ex-cop turned prostitute, it was a very eye-opening account of how these ladies are often abused not by their career choice, but by the policemen who arrest them.
Jan 25, 2011 Kristin rated it it was amazing
One of the most interesting compilations of essays i've ever read. I never really thought much about the sex worker trade until this book, but it really opened my eyes to the point of view of the sex worker rather than the overriding moral assumptions that prevail in society.
Jan 20, 2016 Isis rated it really liked it
“It’s no wonder that whore stigma attaches itself more viciously to women than to men, for in this society a sexually emancipated woman is threatening and despised; neither ‘slut’ nor ‘whore’ is a name most women want to wear. Sex workers cross this line, either proudly or not, for money, adventures, or rebellion.”

This is an informative, well-contributed, anthology with essays from various members of the sex industry. These people range from prostitutes, to strippers, to porn stars and porn wr
Mar 16, 2008 Andrea marked it as to-read
Shelves: non-fiction
I must admit that the title is what grabbed me when I saw this added to Robin's list. But, after reading the description, it actually sounds like a very interesting book and several other readers gave it rave reviews. Plus, and I apologize for my childishness here, who doesn't want to wonder around with a book under their arm shouting the word Whores (one of my favorites as my husband will tell you), if just to giggle at the stares?
Mar 13, 2016 Madeline marked it as to-read
I really want to read this. The problem with a lot of mainstream feminism, like white liberal feminism, is the exclusion and villainization of sex workers. This book, written entirely women who are indeed sex workers, looks like it will be a great start in undoing the negative, exclusionary, and harmful viewpoints of mainstream feminists.
Katherine Fountain
Nov 21, 2013 Katherine Fountain rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal-reads
This book was assigned for my freshman year Sex and Society class during undergrad... I was completely blown away the first time I read it! The book is a collection of essays telling the stories of sex workers who identify as feminists and consider their actions a form of agency. Great for analysis.
Oct 13, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it
A collection of essays from sex workers on the subject of sex-positive feminism.
Mar 20, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it
I think people's experiences are very important. This book is a collection of experiences. I love that.
Mar 15, 2007 Jafar rated it liked it
This collection of essays is not as good as its title.
Feb 15, 2009 Cmoselle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-studies
Amazing look at the sex industry from the feminists working in the industry. Very worth reading!
Nandy Siptrott
Oct 13, 2010 Nandy Siptrott rated it really liked it
Critical thinking for the modern woman. Consider yourself "liberated"? Think again.
Mar 10, 2008 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: truestory, riotgrrl
The best book on this subject. And let me tell you something, I read all 7. Take it from me, I love you!
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