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Sex Workers in the Maritimes Talk Back
Leslie Ann Jeffrey   Gayle MacDonald  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 11/5/2006
ISBN: 9780774813310    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2007
ISBN: 9780774813327    

288 Pages


About the Book

Sex workers are often the "objects" of study for academics and policy makers. Theories about their lives and the policies that affect their work are usually developed without input from the sex workers themselves, as they are rarely seen as capable of analyzing the social and political world in which they work.

In this book, however, sex workers set the tone. Leslie Ann Jeffrey and Gayle MacDonald interview sex workers in three Maritime cities and those who work around them: police, health-care providers, community workers/advocates, members of neighbourhood associations, and politicians. The sex workers discuss such issues as violence and safety, health and risk, politics and policy, media influence, and public perception of the trade, portraying the best and the worst facets of their working lives and expressing sentiments refreshingly at odds with commonly held opinions.

Given recent Parliamentary recommendations to decriminalize prostitution, Sex Workers in the Maritimes Talk Back represents a timely shift to public discussions about sex work. Engaging and accessible, this book will be of interest to public policy practitioners, students of social and political science, community advocates, police, and sex workers and their families.

(Proceeds from the sale of Sex Workers in the Maritimes Talk Back are being donated to the community organizations that supported the authors in their research.)

About the Author(s)

Leslie Ann Jeffrey is an associate professor in the Department of History and Politics, University of New Brunswick, Saint John. She is the author of Sex and Borders: Gender, National Identity, and Prostitution Policy in Thailand.

Gayle MacDonald is a professor in the Department of Sociology at St. Thomas University, Fredericton. She is the editor of Social Control and Social Context in the Sociology of Law and co-editor of Feminism, Law, Inclusion: Intersectionality in Action.

Table of Contents


1. It's the Money, Honey

2. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

3. Social Control, Policing, and Sex Work

4. The Whore Stigma and the Media

5. Whose Health? Whose Safety?

6. Sex and Politics: Responding to Sex Workers



“Hard-hitting in its analysis, ethical and nuanced in its use of interview material, Sex Workers in the Maritimes Talk Back is an excellent book. Finally, there’s a study of prostitution in the Maritimes, which also contributes to and extends the global dialogue. A truly engaging read.”
– Shannon Bell, author of Reading, Writing, and Rewriting the Prostitute Body

“This sensitive and perceptive book provides a much needed antidote to the many myths and misconceptions around the sex industry and its workers. The workers emerge as neither victims nor heroes, but as engaged and insightful social actors. Sex Workers in the Maritimes Talk Back is not only highly original, but a timely and important contribution to the literature. The authors have listened to what workers in the sex industry have to say, and bring their vital voices into the discourse.”
– Christine Bruckert, author of Taking It Off, Putting It On: Women Working in the Strip Trade

…this engaging book challenges the commonly held attitude that sex workers are victims who are in the business of selling sex strictly as a means of survival. It debunks the notion that sex workers can be neatly categorized, whether when setting public policy or engaging in feminist analysis.
—Madeline Comeau, Atlantic Books Today, Spring 2007

Professors Jeffrey and MacDonald argue that our laws reflect outdated stereotypes. Female sex workers are seen both as pathetic drug-addicted victims in need of protection, and as morally debauched hookers who should be punished. Jeffrey and MacDonald's book gives them the rare chance to tell their own stories.
- Bruce Wark, Coast, 3 April 2008

In their powerful book Sex Workers in the Maritimes Talk Back, researchers Leslie Ann Jeffrey and Gayle MacDonald make room for 60 women who work in the sex trade to talk back to those who claim to speak on their behalf. …In Jeffrey and MacDonald’s book, sex workers are “the producers of knowledge.” Their insight deepens our understanding of sex work and contributes a valuable perspective to the prostitution debate.
- Lisa Tremblay, Herizons Magazine, Vol.22, No.2, Fall 2008

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

Women's Studies
Gender Studies
Sexuality Studies

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