Idea of Prostitution
By (author) Sheila Jeffreys
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Idea of Prostitution by Sheila Jeffreys
Book DescriptionThere are (at least) two competing views on prostitution: Prostitution as a legitimate and acceptable form of employment, freely chosen by women and men's use of prostitution as a form of degrading the women and causing grave psychological damage. In "The Idea of Prostitution" Sheila Jeffreys explores these sharply contrasting views. She examines the changing concept of prostitution from White Slave Traffic of the nineteenth century to its present status as legal. The book includes discussion of the varieties of prostitution such as: the experience of male prostitutes; the uses of women in pornography; and the role of military brothels compared with slavery and rape in marriage. Sheila Jeffreys explodes the distinction between "forced" and "free" prostitution, and documents the expanding international traffic in women. The author examines the claims of the prostitutes' rights movement and the sex industry, while supporting prostituted women. Her argument is threefold: the sex of prostitution is not just sex; the work of prostitution is not ordinary work; and prostitution is a 'choice' not for the prostituted women, but for the men who abuse them.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781876756673
(140mm x 215mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Spinifex Press
Publisher: Spinifex Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Sheila Jeffreys
Gender Hurts, Paperback (August 2012)
'Gender Hurts' examines the wider social and political context and implications of the phenomenon of transgenderism. Jeffreys and Gottschalk propose that gender in western culture is socially constructed as the basis of male domination and that the concept of gender has the potential to hurt many.
Industrial Vagina, Paperback (November 2008)» View all books by Sheila Jeffreys
Examines how prostitution and other aspects of the sex industry have moved from being small-scale, clandestine, and socially despised practices to become very profitable legitimate market sectors that are being legalised and decriminalised by governments.
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Author Biography - Sheila Jeffreys
Sheila Jeffreys is the author of many books on feminism and on violence against women. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Melbourne.
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