Playing the Whore

The Work of Sex Work

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Author: Melissa Gira Grant

Publisher: Verso Trade

ISBN: 1781683239

Category: Political Science

Page: 136

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Looks at sex work and the way that it is presented in the media, condemning the current conditions in the sex trade as well as its criminalization, arguing that keeping sex work separate from the legitimate economy hurts sex workers.

Playing the Whore

The Work of Sex Work

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Author: Melissa Gira Grant

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1781683247

Category: Political Science

Page: 144

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Recent years have seen a panic over “online red-light districts,” which supposedly seduce vulnerable young women into a life of degradation, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s live tweeting of a Cambodian brothel raid. But rarely do these fearful, salacious dispatches come from sex workers themselves, and rarely do they deviate from the position that sex workers must be rescued from their condition, and the industry simply abolished — a position common among feminists and conservatives alike. In Playing the Whore, journalist Melissa Gira Grant turns these pieties on their head, arguing for an overhaul in the way we think about sex work. Based on ten years of writing and reporting on the sex trade, and grounded in her experience as an organizer, advocate, and former sex worker, Playing the Whore dismantles pervasive myths about sex work, criticizes both conditions within the sex industry and its criminalization, and argues that separating sex work from the “legitimate” economy only harms those who perform sexual labor. In Playing the Whore, sex workers’ demands, too long relegated to the margins, take center stage: sex work iswork, and sex workers’ rights are human rights. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Playing the Whore

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Author: Melissa Gira Grant

Publisher: Novels

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

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Recent years have seen a panic over "online red-light districts," which supposedly seduce vulnerable young women into a life of degradation, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof's live tweeting of a Cambodian brothel raid. But rarely do these fearful, salacious dispatches come from sex workers themselves, and rarely do they deviate from the position that sex workers must be rescued from their condition, and the industry simply abolished -- a position common among feminists and conservatives alike. In Playing the Whore, journalist Melissa Gira Grant turns these pieties on their head, arguing for an overhaul in the way we think about sex work. Based on ten years of writing and reporting on the sex trade, and grounded in her experience as an organizer, advocate, and former sex worker, Playing the Whore dismantles pervasive myths about sex work, criticizes both conditions within the sex industry and its criminalization, and argues that separating sex work...

Whores and Other Feminists

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Author: Jill Nagle

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113520442X

Category: Art

Page: 312

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Whores and Other Feminists fleshes out feminist politics from the perspective of sex workers--strippers, prostitutes, porn writers, producers and performers, dominatrices--and their allies. Comprising a range of voices from both within and outside the academy, this collection draws from traditional feminisms, postmodern feminism, queer theory, and sex radicalism. It stretches the boundaries of contemporary feminism, holding accountable both traditional feminism for stigmatizing sex workers, and also the sex industry for its sexist practices.

The Whore of Babylon, A Memoir

A Novel

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Author: Katrina Prado

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1441596291

Category: Fiction

Page: 159

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Prado's latest novel centers on a mother who embarks on a mission to rescue her daughter from the mean streets of San Francisco. Margot Skinner can't bear to see her 15-year-old daughter, Robyn, dolled up in fishnets and spiked heels while her room devolves into a sty and her truancy and rebelliousness accelerate...Aided by two private investigators and a streetwise nun, Margot scours the notorious Tenderloin district in search of her runaway daughter, who may have fallen into the clutches of a local pimp named Blu Boy....Prado writes in a visceral present tense, elevating her drama with crisp, sensory details, as she skillfully employs the solid pacing and atmosphere of a crime novel....Prado commands a robust vocabulary and tells a searing tale laced with disturbingly candid insight...This taut mix of memoir, novel and crime drama succeeds through vivid writing and soulful revelations.

The Whore of Akron

One Man's Search for the Soul of LeBron James

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Author: Scott Raab

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062066382

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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After 52 long years, the city of Cleveland finally has a new championship team, thanks to LeBron James and his Cavaliers. Scott Raab—Cleveland super-fan—has suffered for every one of those five decades of drought. In the tradition of Frederick Exley’s cult-classic sports book A Fan’s Notes, The Whore of Akron is Raab’s hilarious and unhinged plea for deliverance from all those years of pain. Traveling from Cleveland to Miami and back again, Raab heads out on an obsessive quest to uncover the soul of one of today’s greatest basketball players: LeBron James, the man who finally brought Cleveland out of sporting exile.

The Haar and the Whore

A Love Story in About Three Parts...

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Author: Kevin Wilton

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1499022069

Category: Fiction

Page: 364

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Ian was a man, a bloke; a 'blokey' sort of bloke; a man's man. He wasn’t for all that settling down and commitment to one person nonsense, not him. Ian wanted to have his cake and eat it, he wanted to be free to do and go whatever and wherever he pleased; which is why he settled so easily in with the Smudger’s and their life in Great Yarmouth. Smudger is the150 year old name for a photographer. It goes back to the days of the very fi rst paper negatives; where, if you were a hack, a ham fisted rank amateur who took poor care of your negatives, then the consequence would be simple – they smudged. The modern use of the term Smudger suited the monkey-men down to the ground. They didn’t care about their photography; Smudging was just a means to an end. It gave them the money in their pockets to buy their beer and unfettered access to a virtually endless stream of women. Young or old, big or small, good looking or just downright ugly, they didn’t care, it was a numbers game for them. That was until three unsuspecting women tangled themselves in Ian's life and he in theirs. Through them he discovers the hidden depths and strengths of a woman, all women, the things he should have been taught at school; the things that should not have been be left to the vagaries of an accidental discovery. Men have so much to learn about women, if they only knew quite how much, they’d realise they really don’t stand a chance.

Unrepentant Whore

The Collected Works of Scarlot Harlot

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Author: Carol Leigh

Publisher: Last Gasp

ISBN: 9780867195842

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 240

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Scarlot Harlot, unrepentant whore, activist and artist, is a brazen hooker with a brain. Since the late 70s, Harlot has written, performed and produced work in a variety of genres on women's issues and her experiences in the sex industry. Unrepentant Whore is a collection of articles and essays, documenting over twenty years of prostitute radicalism from a leader of the sex workers' rights movement. The book features many photographs of boudoir scenes, nudes and political street theatre, from notable photographers including Annie Sprinkle and Michele Clement.

The Whore's Child

Stories

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Author: Richard Russo

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307429629

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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To this irresistible debut collection of short stories, Richard Russo brings the same bittersweet wit, deep knowledge of human nature, and spellbinding narrative gifts that distinguish his best-selling novels. His themes are the imperfect bargains of marriage; the discoveries and disillusionments of childhood;the unwinnable battles men and women insist on fighting with the past. A cynical Hollywood moviemaker confronts his dead wife’s lover and abruptly realizes the depth of his own passion. As his parents’ marriage disintegrates, a precocious fifth-grader distracts himself with meditations on baseball, spaghetti, and his place in the universe. And in the title story, an elderly nun enters a college creative writing class and plays havoc with its tidy notions of fact and fiction. The Whore’s Child is further proof that Russo is one of the finest writers we have, unsparingly truthful yet hugely compassionate and capable of creating characters real that they seem to step off the page.

Lean Out

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Author: Dawn Foster

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 1910924032

Category: Social Science

Page: 87

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Sheryl Sandberg’s business advice book, Lean In, was heralded as a defining moment in attitudes to women in business. But for all its commercial success, it proposed a model of feminism that was individualistic and unthreatening to capital. In her powerful debut work Lean Out, acclaimed journalist Dawn Foster unpicks how the purportedly feminist message of Sandberg’s book neatly exempts patriarchy, capitalism and business from any responsibility for changing the position of women in contemporary culture. It looks at the rise of a corporate ‘1% feminism’, and at how feminism has been defanged and depoliticised at a time when women have borne the brunt of the financial crash and the gap between rich and poor is widening faster than ever. Surveying business, media, culture and politics, Foster asks whether this ‘trickledown’ feminism offers any material gain for women collectively, or acts as mere window-dressing PR for the corporations who caused the financial crash. She concludes that ‘leaning out’ of the corporate model is a more effective way of securing change than leaning in. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Quintessence... Realizing the Archaic Future

A Radical Elemental Feminist Manifesto

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Author: Mary Daly

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807067918

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Explores the abuses women face at the end of the twentieth century and offers a vision of hope for women who are discovering Quintessence

Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis

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Author: Nancy Fraser

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1844679845

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

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Nancy Fraser's powerful new book documents the “movements of feminism” and the shifts in the feminist imaginary since the 1970s. Fraser follows the history of feminism from the ferment of the New Left, during which “Second Wave” feminism emerged as a struggle for women's liberation alongside other social movements, to its emersion in identity politics following the decline of its initial utopian energies. Alongside this detailed history, Fraser recognizes the need for a reinvigorated feminist radicalism to respond to the crisis in neoliberalism. She argues for a feminism that could join other egalitarian movements in struggles aimed at subjecting capitalism to democratic control, while retrieving the core utopian insights of feminism's earlier phases.

You Play the Girl

On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages

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Author: Carina Chocano

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 054464896X

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR CRITICISM A FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY "If Hollywood's treatment of women leaves you wanting, you'll find good, heady company in You Play the Girl."—ELLE As a kid in the 1970s and 80s, Carina Chocano was confused by the mixed messages all around her; messages that told her who she could be—and who she couldn’t. Dutifully absorbing all the conflicting information the culture has to offer on how to be a woman, Chocano grappled with sexed up sidekicks, princesses waiting to be saved, and morally infallible angels who seemed to have no opinions of their own. She learned that "the girl" is not a person, but a man's idea of what a woman should be—she’s whatever the hero needs her to be in order to become himself. It wasn't until she spent five years as a movie critic, and was laid off just after her daughter was born, however, that she really came to understand how the stories the culture tells us about what it means to be a girl limit our lives and shape our destinies. She resolved to rewrite her own story. In You Play the Girl, Chocano blends formative personal stories with insightful and emotionally powerful analysis. Moving from Bugs Bunny to Playboy Bunnies, from Flashdance to Frozen, from the progressive ’70s through the backlash ’80s, the glib ’90s, and the pornified aughts—and at stops in between—she explains how growing up in the shadow of “the girl” taught her to think about herself and the world and what it means to raise a daughter in the face of these contorted reflections. In the tradition of Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, and Susan Sontag, Chocano brilliantly shows that our identities are more fluid than we think, and certainly more complex than anything we see on any kind of screen.

The Road of Lost Innocence

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Author: Somaly Mam

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0385526229

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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A Cambodian woman sold into sexual slavery at the age of twelve describes the horrors she experienced until she managed to escape and discusses her role as an activist for the young women whom she has rescued from the region's brothels.

'Tis Pity She's a Whore

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Author: John Ford

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408144328

Category: Drama

Page: 176

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Like Shakespeare's Juliet, Annabella, accompanied by her down-to-earth nurse, is introduced to a series of suitors to her hand. Like Juliet, she finds all of them unsatisfactory - and rightly so, for the audience know that the nastiest of them is having an affair with her domineering aunt. Like Juliet, Annabella is wooed by a sensitive and passionate young man whose love she returns - but this young man happens to be her own brother, Giovanni. When they consummate their love and she, to avoid the scandal of extramarital pregnancy, agrees to marry her aunt's lover, the tragic outcome is inevitable. John Ford, writing his psychologically powerful and intellectually challenging tragedies in the early years of King Charles I's reign, is a playwright of the first rank, as 20th-century directors have shown both in the theatre and on film.

Prostitution and Feminism

Towards a Politics of Feeling

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Author: Maggie O'Neill

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745668100

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Feminists have long differed in their view of prostitution. While some regard it as a classic form of exploitation and degradation, others offer a more sympathetic interpretation of women's involvement in the sex industry. In this important new book, Maggie O'Neill seeks to explore the theoretical debates on prostitution and the relevance of these to the everyday lived experiences of women working on the streets. Based upon her own ethnographic research - defined as ethno-mimesis - the author seeks to undermine and demystify stereotypical images of prostitutes. She explores the narratives offered by prostitutes themselves, as well as other forms of their representation in film, art and photography, and shows how these various mediums may be used to shed light on the socio-economic processes and structures which lead women into prostitution. These personal accounts produce what O'Neill refers to as 'a politics of feeling', which, she argues, may be used to transform attitudes, policy and practice in relation to female prostitution. By relating these individual experiences to critical feminist theory, the book deepens our understanding of the phenomenon of prostitution in contemporary society. The book will be of particular interest to students and scholars in gender studies, feminist theory and sociology.

The New Prophets of Capital

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Author: Nicole Aschoff

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1781688117

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

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A deft and caustic takedown of the new prophets of profit, from Bill Gates to Oprah As severe environmental degradation, breathtaking inequality, and increasing alienation push capitalism against its own contradictions, mythmaking has become as central to sustaining our economy as profitmaking. Enter the new prophets of capital: Sheryl Sandberg touting the capitalist work ethic as the antidote to gender inequality; John Mackey promising that free markets will heal the planet; Oprah Winfrey urging us to find solutions to poverty and alienation within ourselves; and Bill and Melinda Gates offering the generosity of the 1 percent as the answer to a persistent, systemic inequality. The new prophets of capital buttress an exploitative system, even as the cracks grow more visible. From the Trade Paperback edition.

My Friend Matt And Hena The Whore

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Author: Adam Zameenzad

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781908628138

Category:

Page: 256

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A continent of permanent revolution, of marauding rebels and despotic governments, yet one of love and laughter, and compassion: this is the Africa of today. 9-year-old Kimo is starved out of his home village by drought. Desperate for help, he sets out for the big city of Bader in the company of his resourceful friends, the visionary Matt, pragmatic Hena and dreaming Golam. Their journey takes them through a country paralysed by the horrors of civil war. Buoyed by laughter, weighed by tragedy and violence this is an impossibly touching, extraordinary accomplishment from an outstanding writer.

Utopia Or Bust

A Guide to the Present Crisis

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Author: Benjamin Kunkel

Publisher: Verso Trade

ISBN: 1781683271

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 180

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Introducing readers to the biggest names in critical political theory today, including David Graeber and David Harvey, this tour through the world of Marxist thought also examines the state of Western society today. Original.