Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada

October 7, 2013

Selling sexFrom the publisher:

Despite being dubbed “the world’s oldest profession,” prostitution has rarely been viewed as a legitimate form of labour. Instead, it has been criminalized, sensationalized, and polemicized across the socio-political spectrum by everyone from politicians to journalists to women’s groups. Interest in and concern over sex work is not grounded in the lived realities of those who work in the industry, but rather in inflammatory ideas about who is participating, how they wound up in this line of work, and what form it takes. In Selling Sex, Emily van der Meulen, Elya M. Durisin, and Victoria Love present a more nuanced, balanced, and realistic view of the sex industry. They bring together a vast collection of voices — including researchers, feminists, academics, and advocates, as well as sex workers of differing ages, genders, and sectors — to engage in a dialogue that challenges the dominant narratives surrounding the sex industry and advances the idea that sex work is in fact work. Presenting a variety of opinions and perspectives on such diverse topics as the social stigma of sex work, police violence, labour organizing, anti-prostitution feminism, human trafficking, and harm reduction, Selling Sex is an eye-opening, challenging, and necessary book.

Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada, by edited by Emily van der Meulen and Elya M. Durisin, and Victoria Love. Vancouver, BC : UBC Press, 2013. 349 p. ISBN 9780774824484

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