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Whores and Other Feminists fleshes out feminist politics from the perspective of sex workers strippers prostitutes porn writers producers and performers dominatrices and their a. An interesting anthology but profoundly marred by its inclusion of only relatively privileged sex workers More essayists worked at the Lusty Lady a San Francisco peep show than did street sex work While many contributors were ueer there was no discussion of intersections of sex work with addiction abuse or immigration and the contributors of color were safely cordoned off in their own section Interesting essays include those by sex work feminist foremothers Annie Sprinkle and Nina Hartley as well as an interview with a butch lesbian second wave feminist who accidentally got a substantial fraction of her local second wave lesbian feminist community to work at an erotic massage parlor Also I am as disappointed as anyone that dapper butch escort for lesbians is not a profitable profession Even among this group of relatively privileged sex workers all of them acknowledge that sex work is not empowering but instead just a job and often a crappy one at that The one exception is a New Agey sex worker who identifies as a sacred whore This is a very San Franciscan book It s just that as crappy as their jobs are the situation won t be improved by making it illegal Hopefully this will put to bed the straw man that sex workers rights activists think that sex work should be lrgal because of how empowering it is

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T stretches the boundaries of contemporary feminism holding accountable both traditional feminism for stigmatizing sex workers and also the sex industry for its sexist practices. 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

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Llies Comprising a range of voices from both within and outside the academy this collection draws from traditional feminisms postmodern feminism ueer theory and sex radicalism I. It s no wonder that whore stigma attaches itself 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 writers to sex phone operators to dominatrixes to peepshow workers Each of them give their insight into the sex industry and explain how their jobs contribute to their feminist perspectivesThe truth of the matter is traditional feminism views many sex jobs as objectifying and demeaning towards women Such is that these sex workers who feel empowered and confident in their jobs feel excluded from the feminist category despite their activist mindsetsThe stories from these women and men are really fascinating Many of them acknowledge that not everyone in the sex industry is there willingly and that not everyone who is in it willingly will enjoy it For them though being a sex worker enhances their confidence and well being and for some it even becomes liberating I really enjoyed reading from these perspectives as well as learning from this gray area of the world It is antisex sentiment or erotophobia that leads to such a strong distinction between sex work and other types of work available to women on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder My biggest complain is that not every essay mentions how feminism ties into the specific jobs these people are engaging in Many of them simply explain what the job consists of and leaves out the struggle of keeping the feminist label while being a sex worker That s something I would have liked to see throughout but then again some essays were just too short Regardless I highly enjoyed this collection It s even interesting that it s set in the 90 s so there have obviously been some changes since then I m not sure if peepshow workers still existI recommend this to fellow feminists or anyone interested in feminism and the sex industry It could be simple seeing these two things as complete paradoxes but they do have strong connections especially in an individual sense Sex has historically been key to controlling women The hatred of women began with the fear of our sexual power


10 thoughts on “Whores and Other Feminists

  1. says:

    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 h

  2. says:

    LJ user joyeusesThis 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 in

  3. says:

    An interesting anthology but profoundly marred by its inclusion of only relatively privileged sex workers More essayists worked at the Lusty Lady a San Francisco peep show than did street sex work While many contributors were ueer there was no discussion of intersections of sex work with addiction abuse or immigration and the contributors of color were safely cordoned off in their own section Interesting essays include t

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    Reuired reading for anyone calling themselves a feminist

  6. says:

    “It’s no wonder that whore stigma attaches itself 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 rebellio

  7. says:

    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 w

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    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

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