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Selling Sex
Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada
Emily van der Meulen   Elya M. Durisin   Victoria Love  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 3/15/2013
ISBN: 9780774824484    


$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 12/16/2013
ISBN: 9780774824491    


364 Pages



Sexuality Studies series

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About the Book

Despite being dubbed "the world's oldest profession," prostitution has rarely been viewed as a legitimate form of labour. Instead, it has been criminalized, sensationalized, and polemicized across the socio-political spectrum by everyone from politicians to journalists to women's groups. Interest in and concern over sex work is not grounded in the lived realities of those who work in the industry, but rather in inflammatory ideas about who is participating, how they wound up in this line of work, and what form it takes.

In Selling Sex, Emily van der Meulen, Elya M. Durisin, and Victoria Love present a more nuanced, balanced, and realistic view of the sex industry. They bring together a vast collection of voices -- including researchers, feminists, academics, and advocates, as well as sex workers of differing ages, genders, and sectors -- to engage in a dialogue that challenges the dominant narratives surrounding the sex industry and advances the idea that sex work is in fact work. Presenting a variety of opinions and perspectives on such diverse topics as the social stigma of sex work, police violence, labour organizing, anti-prostitution feminism, human trafficking, and harm reduction, Selling Sex is an eye-opening, challenging, and necessary book.

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About the Author(s)

Emily van der Meulen is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Ryerson University.

Elya M. Durisin is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at York University.

Victoria Love is a sex worker, activist, and member of Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project.

Contributors: Joyce Arthur, Cheryl Auger, Steven Bittle, Chris Bruckert, Jenn Clamen, Deborah Clipperton, Anna-Louise Crago, Susan Davis, Jane Doe, Tor Fletcher, Kara Gillies, Michael Goodyear, Stacey Hannem, Sarah Hunt, JJ, Leslie Ann Jeffrey, Tuulia Law, Annalee Lepp, Jacqueline Lewis, John Lowman, Gayle MacDonald, Karolyn Martin, Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, River Redwood, Rene Ross, Trish Salah, Esther Shannon, Frances M. Shaver, Mariana Valverde, and Alan Young


Table of Contents

Introduction / Emily van der Meulen, Elya M. Durisin, and Victoria Love

Part 1: Realities, Experiences, and Perspectives

1 Work, Sex, or Theatre? A Brief History of Toronto Strippers and Sex Work Identity / Deborah Clipperton

2 Myths and Realities of Male Sex Work: A Personal Perspective / River Redwood

3 Champagne, Strawberries, and Truck-Stop Motels: On Subjectivity and Sex Work / Victoria Love

4 Trans Sex Workers: Negotiating Sex, Gender, and Non-Normative Desire / Tor Fletcher

5 We Speak for Ourselves: Anti-Colonial and Self-Determined Responses to Young People Involved in the Sex Trade / JJ

6 Decolonizing Sex Work: Developing an Intersectional Indigenous Approach / Sarah Hunt

7 Transitioning Out of Sex Work: Exploring Sex Workers' Experiences and Perspectives / Tuulia Law

Part 2: Organizing and Social Change

8 Working for Change: Sex Workers in the Union Struggle / Jenn Clamen, Kara Gillies, and Trish Salah

9 Overcoming Challenges: Vancouver's Sex Worker Movement / Joyce Arthur, Susan Davis, and Esther Shannon

10 Né dans le Redlight: The Sex Workers' Movement in Montreal / Anna-Louise Crago and Jenn Clamen

11 Stepping All Over the Stones: Negotiating Feminism and Harm Reduction in Halifax / Gayle MacDonald, Leslie Ann Jeffrey, Karolyn Martin, and Rene Ross

12 Are Feminists Leaving Women Behind? The Casting of Sexually Assaulted and Sex-Working Women / Jane Doe

13 Going 'round Again: The Persistence of Prostitution-Related Stigma / Jacqueline Lewis, Frances M. Shaver, and Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale

Part 3: The Politics of Regulation

14 Regulating Women's Sexuality: Social Movements and Internal Exclusion / Michael Goodyear and Cheryl Auger

15 Crown Expert-Witness Testimony in Bedford v. Canada: Evidence-Based Argument or Victim-Paradigm Hyperbole? / John Lowman

16 Repeat Performance? Human Trafficking and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games / Annalee Lepp

17 A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Canadian Anti-Pimping Law and How It Harms Sex Workers / Kara Gillies

18 Still Punishing to "Protect": Youth Prostitution Law and Policy Reform / Steven Bittle

19 To Serve and Protect? Structural Stigma, Social Profiling, and the Abuse of Police Power in Ottawa / Chris Bruckert and Stacey Hannem

20 Beyond the Criminal Code: Municipal Licensing and Zoning Bylaws / Emily van der Meulen and Mariana Valverde

Afterword / Alan Young

Index


Reviews

As a Canadian sex worker, I know too well how hard it can be to find a balanced, nuanced analysis of the lived experiences of people in my profession and the complex legal and social realities we encounter. Selling Sex proved to be a notable exception…this book is invaluable as a resource to help people understand the complexities of the sex trade and to see the people who work within it as competent and capable of making their own decisions, rather than victims in need of rescue or deviants in need of punishment and control.
-- Kamala Mara, Canadian Dimensions, Jan/Feb 2014



Selling Sex is the most comprehensive book on commercial sex in Canada to date... these authors challenge the status quo and demand that Canadians think differently about commercial sex. Hopefully those making new sex work laws in Canada pay attention to this volume.
- Kevin Walby, BC Studies, January 2014

Selling Sex is an impressive testament to the agency, activism, and theorizing of sex workers, drawing from a multiplicity of viewpoints, including trans, male, youth, and Indigenous experiences. It importantly shines light on histories of sex work, the politics of regulation, and organizing for change in Canada and is a critical intervention into debates on feminism, anti-racism, and decolonization. A deeply insightful collection and a vital new contribution to the field of sex work studies." -- Kamala Kempadoo, professor of Social Science at York University and co-editor of Global Sex Workers: Rights, Resistance and Redefinition

"Selling Sex avoids the sensationalism favoured by other books on the subject and presents a wide range of perspectives to produce a timely and balanced account of an important issue." -- Meredith Ralston, professor of Women's Studies and Political Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University, and director of Hope in Heaven

"A unique collection of sex workers and their allies describing and defending a timely subject. A very insightful read." -- Maria Nengeh Mensah, professor, School of Social Work, Université du Québec à Montréal and co-author of Sex Work: Rethinking the Job, Respecting the Workers


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Related Topics

Sexuality Studies
Gender Studies
Sociology
Criminology


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