The Idea of Prostitution

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Spinifex, Jan 1, 1997 - Social Science - 394 pages
A new analysis which challenges the idea of prostitution as sexual liberation.

The idea that this book explores is that of men's entitlement to abuse and profit from the abuse of women in prostitution. The Idea of Prostitution shows how this idea, central to male supremacist ideology, has been bolstered by masculine systems of thought such as sexology, sociology, historiography and queer theory.

The feminist challenge to this idea has become more difficult in recent times because sexual liberalism, economic individualism and free choice ideas have persuaded even some feminists that prostitution should be seen as "just a job like any other".

Jeffreys argues that it is important to recognize men's abuse of women in prostitution as a variety of male sexual violence and a violation of women's human rights.

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Contents

feminism and the league of nations
7
homosexuality and prostitution
92
prostitution as choice
128
just a job like any other?
161
why cars? whos driving?prostitution
196
prostitution as sex
213
prostitution as male sexual violence
242
sexual violence feminist human rights
275
trafficking prostitution and human rights
306
CONCLUSION universalising prostitution
339
BIBLIOGRAPHY
349
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About the author (1997)

Sheila Jeffreys is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the university of Melbourne.

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