Sex Workers Unite!
A History of the Movement From Stonewall to Slutwalk
Random House, Inc.
A provocative history that reveals how sex workers have been at the vanguard of social justice movements for the past fifty years while building a movement of their own that challenges our ideas about labor, sexuality, feminism, and freedom
Documenting five decades of sex-worker activism, Sex Workers Unite is a fresh history that places prostitutes, hustlers, escorts, call girls, strippers, and porn stars in the center of America’s major civil rights struggles. Although their presence has largely been ignored and obscured, in this provocative history Melinda Chateauvert recasts sex workers as savvy political organizers—not as helpless victims in need of rescue.
Even before transgender sex worker Sylvia Rivera threw a brick and sparked the Stonewall Riot in 1969, these trailblazing activists and allies challenged criminal sex laws and “whorephobia,” and were active in struggles for gay liberation, women’s rights, reproductive justice, union organizing, and prison abolition.
Although the multibillion-dollar international sex industry thrives, the United States remains one of the few industrialized nations that continues to criminalize prostitution, and these discriminatory laws put workers at risk. In response, sex workers have organized to improve their working conditions and to challenge police and structural violence. Through individual confrontations and collective campaigns, they have pushed the boundaries of conventional organizing, called for decriminalization, and have reframed sex workers’ rights as human rights.
Telling stories of sex workers, from the frontlines of the 1970s sex wars to the modern-day streets of SlutWalk, Chateauvert illuminates an underrepresented movement, introducing skilled activists who have organized a global campaign for self-determination and sexual freedom that is as multifaceted as the sex industry and as diverse as human sexuality.
Baker & Taylor
A provocative history of sexual activism reveals the role of sex workers in social justice movements throughout the past half century to challenge contemporary ideas about labor, sexuality, feminism and freedom while urging for sex workers to receive the legitimacy of civil rights recognition.
This book documents the history of the sex worker movement since the 1960s and the activists and allies who confronted the problems in the industry. It details how sex worker activism originated around the gay rights and feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s, but was rejected by these groups; the role of the organization COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) in fighting for legal change; the effects of the anti-pornography movement of the 1980s; how the HIV/AIDS epidemic scapegoated sex workers; how progressive ideals and technology have resulted in more support for the movement beginning in the 1990s with the third wave of feminism; how the murders of many sex workers have been ignored; and how exposure to various types of sex workers in recent popular culture has created a cultural activism and growing acceptance. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
A provocative history of sexual activism reveals the role of sex workers in social justice movements throughout the past half century to challenge contemporary ideas about labor, sexuality, feminism, and freedom.
Boston : Beacon Press, c2013
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263 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.