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The idea of prostitution

Author: Sheila Jeffreys
Publisher: North Melbourne, Vic. : Spinifex, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the Idea of Prostitution, Sheila Jeffreys explores these two contrasting views. She examines the changing concept of prostitution from White Slave Traffic of the nineteenth century to its present status as a legal business. The analysis includes types of prostitution such as male prostitutes, military brothels, and pornography, and compares them with slavery and rape within marriage. She disputes the distinction  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sheila Jeffreys
ISBN: 9781876756673 1876756675
OCLC Number: 226976235
Description: xviii, 394 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgements --
Introduction --
The traffic in women, feminism and the league of nations --
The revolt of the Johns: prostitution and the sexual revolution --
Normalising prostitution: the prostitute's rights movement --
Homosexuality and prostitution --
Prostitution as "choice" --
Just a job like any other? Prostitution as work --
"Why cars? Who's driving?" Prostitution and the theorising of sexuality --
Prostitution as "sex" --
Prostitution as male sexual violence --
Sexual violence, feminist human rights theory and the omission of prostitution --
Trafficking, prostitution and human rights --
Universalising prostitution --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Sheila Jeffreys.

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"In the Idea of Prostitution, Sheila Jeffreys explores these two contrasting views. She examines the changing concept of prostitution from White Slave Traffic of the nineteenth century to its present status as a legal business. The analysis includes types of prostitution such as male prostitutes, military brothels, and pornography, and compares them with slavery and rape within marriage. She disputes the distinction between 'forced' and 'free' prostitution, and highlights the expanding international traffic in women. This book investigates the claims of the prostitutes' rights movement and the burgeoning sex industry, while still supporting prostituted women. Jeffreys' argument is threefold: the sex of prostitution is not just sex: the work of prostitution is not ordinary work; and prostitution is a 'choice' for the men who abuse, rather than for the prostituted women."--Back cover.

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