Sex Work

Sex work is an exchange of sexual services, performances, or products for material compensation, including direct and indirect sexual stimulation. It includes types of prostitution, exotic dancing, phone sex, and performing in adult films, as well as other potentially lesser-known forms of sex work. Sex work is often confused with human/sex trafficking. While they are similar, there are differences--the main one is that sex work is voluntary, while trafficking is not.

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Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry
Whores and Other Feminists
Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys: Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money, and Sex
Working Sex: Sex Workers Write About a Changing Industry
Rent Girl
Sex Work: Writings by Women in the Sex Industry
Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk
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Temporarily Yours: Intimacy, Authenticity, and the Commerce of Sex
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$pread: The Best of the Magazine that Illuminated the Sex Industry and Started a Media Revolution
Coming Out Like a Porn Star: Essays on Pornography, Protection, and Privacy
How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler's Memoir

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Chester Brown
Feminists have accepted that choice is possible when it comes to a different, difficult subject: abortion. The feminist position (and I agree with it) is that women own their bodies and therefore each woman has the right to choose to get an abortion if she gets pregnant. This is called being "pro-choice". Feminists should be consistent on the subject of choice. If a woman has the right to choose to have an abortion, she should also have the right to choose to have sex for money. It's her body; i ...more
Chester Brown, Paying for It

Valerie Baber
How is it that we can punish women who are paid by politicians yet allow freedom and forgiveness to the politicians who pay them? The irony of the situation is that if we allow Sptizer’s deep pockets to buy his way back into our homes and hearts, then it’s not young women he hired who are whores, it’s the people of New York.
Valerie Baber

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