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Debating sex work

Author: Lori Watson; Jessica Flanigan
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
Series: Debating ethics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Prostitution is often referred to as "oldest profession." Critics of this expression redescribe it as "the oldest oppression." Debates about how best to understand and regulate prostitution are bound up with difficult moral, legal, and political questions. Indeed, it can be approached from numerous angles--is buying and selling sex fundamentally wrong? How can it possibly be regulated? How can sex workers be  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lori Watson; Jessica Flanigan
ISBN: 9780190659899 0190659890 9780190659882 0190659882
OCLC Number: 1096289160
Description: x, 338 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Prostitution and sex equality / Lori Watson --
Why "sex work" cannot be understood as just another form of "work" / Lori Watson --
In defense of the Nordic model / Lori Watson --
The case for decriminalization / Jessica Flanigan --
Defending decriminalization / Jessica Flanigan.
Series Title: Debating ethics.
Responsibility: Lori Watson, Jessica Flanigan.

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Prostitution is often referred to as "oldest profession." Critics of this expression redescribe it as "the oldest oppression." Debates about how best to understand and regulate prostitution are bound up with difficult moral, legal, and political questions. Indeed, it can be approached from numerous angles--is buying and selling sex fundamentally wrong? How can it possibly be regulated? How can sex workers be protected, if they are allowed to work at all? In this concise, for-and-against volume, ethicists Lori Watson and Jessica Flanigan engage with each other on the nature and consequences of sex work, revealing new and profound ways in which to understand it.The volume opens with a joint introduction, before Lori Watson first argues for a sex equality approach to prostitution in which buyers are criminalized and sellers are decriminalized, also known as the Nordic model.Putting these two views on sex work into conversation with one another, and opening up space for readers to weigh both approaches, the book provides a thorough, accessible exploration of the issues surrounding sex work, written with both sympathy and philosophical rigor.--

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