Prostitution

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Alexandra Kollontai and Red Love: Against The Current vol. 81
Ebert, Teresa L.
Article
1999
What is “Red Love”—and more specifically, what is a socialist, or more complexly, a communist theory of love and sexuality?
Anti-Porn is the Theory, Repression is the Practice
Article
1987
The campaign against pornography has been one of the most visible faces of feminism for more than a decade now. Few have wanted to know whether the 'clean up' they were promoting strengthened women's ...
Beyond Sovereignty: Issues for a Global Agenda (2nd Edition)
Love, Maryann Cusimano
Book
2003
Discussion of the increasingly transnational structure of power in today's world and proposals forabandoning nation-state sovereignty for more integrated, cooperative rule between different types of g...
Born into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids
Briski, Zana; Kauffman, Ross
Film
2004
The chronicling of two documentary filmmakers and their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.
Down With Tory Crackdown on Prostitution!
Article
2014
The Tories, who have slashed billions from social programs and caused immeasurable harm to poor and working-class women, have fraudulently promoted Bill C-36 as a way of protecting victims of "exploit...
Eros Denied: Sex in Western Society
Young, Wayland
Book
1964
Spanning 2000 years of Western culture, Eros Denied explores the multitude of forces which through the ages have tended to suppress and pervert the sexual instincts.
Fantasy's Legal, Reality's Not
Cummings, Clitora E.
Article
1986
A sex worker's take on prostitution and the sex industry.
Feminist Issues In Prostitution
Bromberg, Sarah
Article
The flawed reasoning behind the opposition to prostitution by (radical) feminists.
Good Girls, Bad Girls: Sex Trade Workers and Feminists Face to Face
Bell Laurie
Book
1987
Looks into issues like racism in pornography, reclamation of the label "whore," the concerns surrounding censorship and the myths and stereotypes that have made sex trade workers outcasts.
Happy Hookers
Grant, Melissa
Article
2012
Exploring the lives of sex workers and their would-be saviours.
Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past
Duberman, M.B.; Vicinus, M.; George, C. Jr. (eds)
Book
1989
Eessays analyzing the political, philosophical, and social history of homosexuality from the ancient world to the postwar era.
In Conflict with the Law: Women and the Canadian Justice System
Adelberg, Ellen; Currie, Claudia
Book
1994
Critique of women and the Canadian justice system. Written from a feminist perspective, the collection is organized into three thematic sextions: Federal Imprisonment of Women -- Past, Present and Fut...
Inside the Sensational Business of "Rescuing" Sex Workers
Ludwig, Mike
Article
2015
For years, the sex worker movement has been at odds with a conservative wing of the anti-human trafficking movement.
Paying for It: A Guide by Sex Workers for their Clients
Christina, Greta
Book
2004
A book of advice for sex work customers, written by sex workers and former sex workers, about how to treat sex workers so they like you more and give you better service.
Prostitution Rights
Glatz, Eric
Article
1980
Decriminalization takes prostitution from the jurisdiction of the criminal code. It means private sexual acts between consenting adults are placed outside the realm of criminal laws.
Public Housing Redesign
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1994
The solution to the specific problems of illegal drug dealing and prostitution is decriminalization.
Red Emma Speaks: Selected Writings and Speeches by Emma Goldman
Goldman, Emma (edited by Shulman, Alix Kates)
Book
1972
A collection of essays which provide a comprehensive view of Emma Goldman's theories and beliefs.
Red Menace #5: Summer 1980
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1980
A Libertarian Socialist Newsletter
The Secret Museum: Pornography in Modern Culture
Kendrick, Walter
Book
1988
Kendrick looks at the idea of pornography since the word was coined a century and a half ago, concentrating less on the books and pictures that have instigated battles over "pornography" than on what ...
Selling Sexual Services: A Socialist Feminist Perspective
Johanna, Brenner
Article
2015
The current debate about sex work among feminists generates more heat than light. Accusations of bad faith fly back and forth across the two sides, research findings are mobilized to undercut the othe...
The Sex Industry and Its Workers
Califia, Pat
Article
1983
An article discussing the various components of the sex industry and the various forms of sexual services that have evolved from prostitution.
The sex work debate - a response to Jess Edwards
Schaffauser, Thierry
Article
2010
Contribution to the debate on sex work which has been taking place in the International Socialism journal.
Sex work: Solidarity not salvation
Bounce
Article
2012
An ongoing debate is taking place in anarchist and feminist circles on the legitimacy of sex work and the rights of sex workers. The two main schools of thought are almost at polar opposites of each o...
Sex Workers in Nicaragua Break the Silence and Gain Rights
Silva, Jose Adan
Article
2015
After living in the shadows, thousands of Nicaraguan sex workers have broken their silence, won support from state institutions and gained new respect for their rights.
Sex Workers' Rights in Kenya: "It's Better to Be a Thief Than Gay in Kenya"
Anstis, Sienna
Article
2009
"It's better to be a thief than gay in Kenya," says a gay sex worker. Both are often punished by death, but being the latter means never revealing yourself to the public and remaining perpetually clos...
Trafficked: For sexual exploitation: New Internationalist September 2007
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2007
A look at slavery and sexual exploitation of women. Discussion of anti-trafficking measures.
Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work, and Human Rights
Boulder, Kamala Kempadoo (ed.)
Book
2005
This collection of essays underscores the interlocking relationship between prostitution, migration and trafficking. They reveal a deep seated anxiety about borders, economic resources and the fragili...
US-UN Crusade Against 'Sex Trafficking': Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Woman, Anti-Sex
Article
2004
Kidnapping, debt bondage, sexual assault, beatings - for any purpose - are horrible crimes. But there is a qualitative distinction between this kind of coercion and the fundamentally consensual act be...
Who Cares?
Dransfeld, Rosie
Film/Video
2012
Rosie Dranfeld captures the gritty and dangerous world of Edmonton's sex-trade workers. In this post-Pickton era where the unthinkable is now a gruesome reality, women voluntarily provide police with...
The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS
Pisani, Elizabeth
Book
2008
Pisani's book The Wisdom of Whores is a scathing attack on the bureaucratic international aid communities that deal with HIV/AIDS. Topics include: injection of drugs and the idea of harm reduction by ...
Women at Work - Ontario, 1850- 1930
Goldsmith, Penny; Shephard, Bonnie.
Book
...
Working Girls: Prostitutes, Their Life and Social Control
Perkins, Roberta
Article
1991
An analysis of prostitution laws in Austrailia and a discussion of the need for decriminalisation.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

AK Press
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We're small: a dozen people who work long hours for short mo...
Beyond Borders -- Ensuring Global Justice for Children
Beyond Borders, a charitable organization, works to end all sexual crimes against children, especially cross-border crimes including sex tourism and child pornography. Beyond Borders is the Canadian a...
History & Policy
History & Policy: * Demonstrates the relevance of history to contemporary policymaking * Puts historians in touch with those discussing and deciding public policy today * Increases the influence of...
International Prostitutes Collective
Since 1975, the International Prostitutes Collective has been campaigning for the abolition of the prostitution laws which criminalize sex workers and our families, and for economic alternatives and h...
Red Menace, The
The online archive of the libertarian socialist newsletter The Red Menace. Articles on socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, h...
Sexwork.com
Sex Work Cyber Resource & Support Center. Promoting intimacy and positive, healthy, consenting adult sexuality.

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

History & Policy
History & Policy: * Demonstrates the relevance of history to contemporary policymaking. * Puts historians in touch with those discussing and deciding public policy today. * Increases the influence of historical research over cu...
Museum of Sex
When the Museum of Sex first emerged on New York City's Fifth Avenue on October 5, 2002, it was without precedent in the museum world. With its inaugural award-winning exhibition, NYCSEX: How New York Transformed Sex in America, ...

Sources Library

The City in History
Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects
Mumford, Lewis
1961
Beginning with an interpretation of the origin and nature of the city, Mumford follows the city's development from Egypt and Mesopotamia through Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages to the modern world.
The Erotic Arts
Webb, Peter
1975
Covers the uses of erotic themes in various branches of the arts at all times and in many civilizations.
First register; then turn tricks
Prange, Astrid
2017
A new prostitution law to include compulsory registration meant to fight human trafficking and exploitation is not popular in the industry, and may lead to a return of prostitution going underground.
Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho: 'I don't scare easily'
Saner, Emine
2012
Lydia Cacho is one of Mexico's most fearless journalists. Her investigations have led to attempts on her life, and now she has been forced to flee her country. What next?
Not at liberty
Jails (and gaols), Central Prison, the Mercer Reformatory, and the Asylum
Bebout, Rick
2002
A history of prisons, reformatories, asylums and mental health facilities in Toronto and their relationship with the populace, detailing and criticizing the implications of attitudes and approaches to...
Prostitution
Prostitution is the act or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment.
Prostitution ban won't hit England, 'too many politicians' visit sex workers
Njobvu, William
2015
Northern Ireland’s sex trade ban has left prostitutes in fear of "danger and poverty." In an in-depth interview with RT, one sex worker challenged the idea of the law spreading to England, claiming "t...
Sex in History
Tannahill, Reay
1980
Tannahill draws on the findings of anthropology, archaeology, bio-chemistry, genetics, physiology, and psychoanalysis, as well as art, architecture, literature, and theology, in order to place the hum...
Sex workers decry government consultation on prostitution
Sources News Release
2014
Maggie's - Toronto Sex Workers' Action Project, along with sex workers and other experts, question the legitimacy of the federal government online consultation around prostitution in Canada.

From the Connexions Archives

CORPRL: Citizens Organizations To Repeal Prostitution-Related Laws
Organization profile published 1988
Organization
1988
The Red Menace
A libertarian socialist newsletter
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, ...
SexSources.ca
Website
Sexuality resources: articles, websites, books.
Sexwork.com
Website
Sex Work Cyber Resource & Support Center. Promoting Intimacy and Positive, Healthy, Consenting Adult Sexuality.