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Sex and stigma : stories of everyday life in Nevada's legal brothels

Author: Sarah Blithe; Anna Wiederhold Wolfe; Breanna Mohr
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The state of Nevada is the only jurisdiction in the United States where prostitution is legal. The stigma and secrecy pervading sex work contribute to experiences of oppression and unfair labor practices for many legal prostitutes in Nevada. Sex and stigma engages with stories of women living and working in these "hidden" organizations to interrogate issues related to labor rights, secrecy, privacy, and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Blithe; Anna Wiederhold Wolfe; Breanna Mohr
ISBN: 9781479859290 147985929X 9781479820702 1479820709
OCLC Number: 1031957300
Description: xxi, 292 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface: the story of our collaboration --
Introduction: exploring inequalities and moral judgments in legal prostitution --
Part I. Brothel prostitution in theory and law --
Theories of organizing, secrecy, and stigma --
Feminisms, prostitution, and the sex trafficking debates --
The history and laws of Nevada's legal brothels --
Part II. Living and working as legal brothel prostitutes --
Author autoethnography: life as a legal sex worker --
Life after the brothel: perspectives from former legal prostitutes --
When transferable skills can't transfer: stigma and worker mobility --
Part III. Managing legal, occupational, and community constraints --
Selling intimacy: emotional experiences of sex work --
Managing work-life commitments in legal prostitution --
Brothels as hidden organizations.
Responsibility: Sarah Jane Blithe, Anna Wiederhold Wolfe, and Breanna Mohr.

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The state of Nevada is the only jurisdiction in the United States where prostitution is legal. The stigma and secrecy pervading sex work contribute to experiences of oppression and unfair labor practices for many legal prostitutes in Nevada. Sex and stigma engages with stories of women living and working in these "hidden" organizations to interrogate issues related to labor rights, secrecy, privacy, and discrimination in the current legal brothel system. Including interviews with current and former legal sex workers, brothel owners, madams, local police, and others, Sex and stigma examines how widespread beliefs about the immorality of selling sexual services have influenced the history and laws of legal brothel prostitution. With unique access to a difficult-to-reach population, the authors privilege the voices of brothel workers throughout the book as they reflect on their struggles to engage in their communities, conduct business, maintain personal relationships, and transition out of the industry. Further, the authors examine how these brothels operate like other kinds of legal entities, and how individuals contend with balancing work and non-work commitments. Sex and stigma provides an intimate look at the lived experiences of women performing sex work.

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