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The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  13 reviews
This book examines one of the most contested issues facing feminists, human rights activists and governments around the globe - the international sex trade. For decades, the liberal left has been conflicted as to whether pro-prostitution activists or abolitionists hold the correct view, and debates are ongoing as to who holds the key to the solutions facing the women and g ...more
Paperback, 355 pages
Published October 2nd 2017 by Palgrave MacMillan (first published 2017)
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Dec 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is most extraordinary for its extreme level of dogmatism and lack of charity to any other viewpoint. Bindel sets up the very weakest image of her opposition (or flat out lies about it) and then repeatedly responds to that. She barely cites any studies aside from a few of her own (which are not peer reviewed). One of the only studies she cites Cho, S.; Dreher, A.; Neumayer, E. (2013.) Does legalised prostitution increase human trafficking? In World Development., does not even define "tr ...more
Orla Hegarty
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminist
What do you really think about 'sex work' - a term that has become ubiquitous in media parlance and public discourse?

As someone who has been accused of 'whorephobia' I read this knowing I was in the choir cheering Ms. Bindel on for her tireless lifetime work on the liberation of women across the planet.

But reading this you wanna understand 'sex work' from another viewpoint? Then this book is for you. Ignore the sometimes hurried editing mishaps in this excellently researc
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: haven-t-read-but
I have left a neutral number of stars so as not to impact upon its star rating either way. I'm not sure if I will get to reading this, but since the Adelaide legistature is in the middle of deciding whether bikies there need more legitimate business opportunities by being given legal paths to power over women, and noting that apparently bikie gangs are already buying up 'suitable' properties to use as their brothels, I record this review by

'Roger Matthews is professor of criminology, University
Meghan Murphy
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for any progressive person. The propaganda pushed by the sex work lobby is relentless, but luckily so is Julie, whose research into the sex trade and the nefarious means used to promote prostitution as harmless or as a potentially empowering "job" for women and to smear those who challenge sexual exploitation is exhaustive.
Alice Vachss
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although I had read The Pimping of Prostitution before I read Sold, I am reviewing them both on the same day because they are two very different faces of the same truth. Sold (by Patricia McCormick) is one young girl's fictionalized account of an evil that Julie Bindel has been investigating and reporting on for years. Bindel gives us the way to fight back. As is inevitable on this topic, Bindel makes and exposes enemies. Some of them write reviews. Before you accept their agenda-ized criticism, ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
...ew. Not only does Bindel have annoying anti-sex worker views (and she never really addresses arguments of pro-sex worker rights academics, she just keeps nattering on about how she thinks all prostitution is evil), she makes some pretty irrelevant ad hominem attacks against her opponents. And she makes everything so personal and acts like all of academia is against her/out to get her personally.

Maybe you're just boring and repetitive, Julie. Maybe you don't even really engage with arguments o
Kate McDonald
Jan 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
If I handed a chapter of this in for an undergrad essay, I would have failed.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: junk
a strong sense of blind christian values with a touch of marxism, backed up by a strong sense of self righteousness in the sense that "those stupid women are brainwashed by their pimps" and holy me knows better what is good for them. in short: freedom is what Julie says it's best for you
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism
Very in depth book. Gives you a lot of information and you really do start to wonder how you could have ever thought legalized prostitution would have been a good idea.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a bit of a strange book, but for reasons – it seems – of poor editing by Palgrave Macmillan, which distracted at times from what could otherwise have been an important modern contribution to this area of discussion. There were numerous typos and grammatical errors strewn throughout the book. Certain very short sections seems to float in the middle of chapters with little contextualisation or little indication of what exactly the author wanted us to derive from them. Surely a basic job o ...more
Louise Hewett
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found The Pimping of Prostitution a thorough, coherent and compelling book. Bindel's wide-ranging research ensures that we are not simply looking at a narrow band but rather at the global phenomena and all its variety, tragedy, and complexity, and at the language surrounding often polarised viewpoints and agendas - language which obscures, "seduces", and misleads. Highly recommend to anyone interested in the journey towards true human equality and societies of justice and peace.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
1/18 books I wanted to read for my Goodreads 2018 challenge

Some very Interesting things in this book. Not something I would normally pick up ( I won this book via instagram)
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