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Dispelling the myth that sex workers are anything short of innovators and artists, Working Sex brings strippers, prostitutes, dommes, film stars, Internet models, and others together into a fascinating and groundbreaking collection. Featuring contributions from a vibrant community of out and proud sex workers, editor Annie Oakley showcases women who dare to take their jobs out of the shadows and into the public consciousness and examines the complexity of a sex worker's life. Among the contributors are Chris Kraus, reflecting on her time working in the hustle bars owned by the Jewish Mafia in the late 1970s; Michelle Tea, singing the "Ballad of Bart Starr"; and Ana Voog, describing the early days of her pioneering 24/7 online home webcam. Working Sex offers a glimpse into a changing industry, introducing readers to the messy world of sex workers and their critical insight into class, gender, labor, and sexuality in the 21st century.

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Being a sex worker isnt something to write home about for most women (and men) in the $12 billion-a-year sex industry.

Prostitutes, strippers, and adult film stars put themselves, and what they do for a living, out on the street, stage, and TV screen every day, but they often keep their working lives hidden from friends, family, and other employers. They do this because sex work is widely considered illegal, unhealthy, and immoral.

Edited by Annie Oakley, Working Sex, New Voices from a Changing Industry features stories and contributions from sex workers—strippers, prostitutes, domes, film stars, phone sex operators, and internet models—who are speaking out. This provocative anthology showcases voices from a vibrant community intent on unmasking the jobs they do with dignity and pride.

Contributors tackling issues of class, gender, race, labor, and sexuality with blazing insight and critical observations include Michelle Tea, Stephen Elliot, Nomy Lamm, Ana Voog, Vaginal Davis, and Mirha-Soleil Ross.

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BritMandelo, August 11, 2012 (view all comments by BritMandelo)
The takes on the sex industry in this collection are, as Annie Oakley stresses in the introduction, real first and foremost, and not designed for salacious pop-news titillation. The book includes song lyrics and poetry, as well as personal essays, which gives it an interesting off-the-cuff, performance-art feel. (Considering Oakley's position as a performance artist, that makes sense.) There are essays from a variety of people, doing a variety of jobs, from phone-sex operation to prostitution to porn acting, and a nice gender and sexuality spectrum is included also. Issues of intersectionality - race, economics, et cetera - are paid special attention to, to make a point of the different ways in which the sex industry is portrayed and perceived based on the privilege of the respective audience and speaker involved.

A fast read, often upsetting or depressing, but worth the purchase for the down to earth perspectives contained within it, about an industry that's so often dehumanized, silenced, and effaced in our culture - which nonetheless thrives on it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781580052252
Author:
Oakley, Annie
Publisher:
Seal Press (CA)
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Prostitution
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Prostitutes
Subject:
Prostitutes -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Psychology : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 9 oz

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"Synopsis" by ,
Being a sex worker isnt something to write home about for most women (and men) in the $12 billion-a-year sex industry.

Prostitutes, strippers, and adult film stars put themselves, and what they do for a living, out on the street, stage, and TV screen every day, but they often keep their working lives hidden from friends, family, and other employers. They do this because sex work is widely considered illegal, unhealthy, and immoral.

Edited by Annie Oakley, Working Sex, New Voices from a Changing Industry features stories and contributions from sex workers—strippers, prostitutes, domes, film stars, phone sex operators, and internet models—who are speaking out. This provocative anthology showcases voices from a vibrant community intent on unmasking the jobs they do with dignity and pride.

Contributors tackling issues of class, gender, race, labor, and sexuality with blazing insight and critical observations include Michelle Tea, Stephen Elliot, Nomy Lamm, Ana Voog, Vaginal Davis, and Mirha-Soleil Ross.

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