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The Industrial Vagina: The Political Economy of the Global Sex Trade

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The industrialization of prostitution and the sex trade has created a multibillion-dollar global market, involving millions of women, that makes a substantial contribution to national and global economies.

The Industrial Vagina examines how prostitution and other aspects of the sex industry have moved from being small-scale, clandestine, and socially despised practices to b
Paperback, 245 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2000)
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I am working on a project on human trafficking in the early modern Mediterranean, and came across this fascinating and provocative book that examines the burgeoning, contemporary sex industry from a radical feminist perspective. The author looks at trafficking, prostitution, pornography and shows the ways in which postfeminist scholars and the sex industry are redefining these in terms of women's agency and choice, rather than seeing such practices as examples of extreme violence against women. ...more
Jesus mother of libertarian/cultural radical feminism. Sheila Jeffreys is from that crazy school of feminism that makes the rest of us look loco. I am anti-prostitution but I don't go to the extremes of arguing it on the basis of say it is a continuation of other oppressive structures like marriage - I mean really???!!-. Some cultural context please. Marriage as institution differs greatly between cultures. In some cultures it is rooted in patriarchy, in others its pretty darn equal. Anyways bas ...more
I muscled my way through this book, alternately daydreaming, not paying attention to what I was reading and learning new information. It is on the dry side but in moments can be quite readable and informative. I think there are better books out there that do a better job at holding one's interests while putting forth the information. If you like research and dry reading about the global economy and the trafficking of women and children then then this is the book for you.
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Sheila Jeffreys writes and teaches in the areas of sexual politics, international gender politics, and lesbian and gay politics. She has written six books on the history and politics of sexuality. Originally from the UK, Sheila moved to Melbourne in 1991 to take up a position at the University of Melbourne. She has been actively involved in feminist and lesbian feminist politics, particularly arou ...more
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