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Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir
Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir
by Rachel Lloyd
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During her teens, Rachel Lloyd ended up a victim of commercial sexual exploitation. With time, through incredible resilience, and with the help of a local church community, she finally broke free of her pimp and her past and devoted herself to helping... (read more)

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Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Jacobin)
Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Jacobin)
by Melissa Gira Grant
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Melissa Gira Grant is a writer and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Glamour, the Guardian, the Nation, Wired, and the Atlantic. She is also a Contributing Editor to Jacobin. Her website is melissagiragrant.com.... (read more)

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Brothel: Mustang Ranch and Its Women
Brothel: Mustang Ranch and Its Women
by Alexa Albert
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In this fascinating study of Nevada's infamous Mustang Ranch, Albert puts a human face on the women who work in America's largest brothel. "Brothel" is a candid and powerful work that examines the realities behind prostitution and tells the stories of... (read more)

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Escort Girl: A Personal Memoir
Escort Girl: A Personal Memoir
by Melodie Nelson
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In this often shocking memoir, Melodie Nelson vividly tells the story of her three years working as a female escort. Having started with webcam autoeroticism to earn extra money, she soon found virtual sex unfulfilling and decided to join an escort... (read more)

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The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld
The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld
by Christine Wiltz
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In 1916, at age fifteen, Norma Wallace arrived in New Orleans. Sexy and shrewd, she quickly went from streetwalker to madam and by 1920 had opened what became a legendary house of prostitution. There she entertained a steady stream of governors... (read more)

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Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
by Gail Dines
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Astonishingly, the average age of first viewing porn is now 11.5 years for boys, and with the advent of the Internet, it’s no surprise that young people are consuming more porn than ever. And, as Gail Dines shows, today’s porn is strikingly... (read more)

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Sex Trafficking
Sex Trafficking
by Kathryn Farr
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One million people are trafficked into the sex industry each year.  In this timely and provocative study, Kathryn Farr documents the macro and micro impact of trafficking women and children into this industry on a global scale.  Farr looks not... (read more)

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The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues
The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues
by Susan Griffin
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Feminist writer Griffin takes a provocative look at the pleasure-filled world of the West's first female power brokers, whose lively liaisons brought them unspoken influence, wealth, and freedom. 45 illustrations throughout.... (read more)

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The Lost Sisterhood: Prostitution in America, 1900-1918
The Lost Sisterhood: Prostitution in America, 1900-1918
by Ruth Rosen
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"Rosen has broken entirely new ground in what will surely remain the definitive study of urban prostitution in America for many years to come." -- Times Literary... (read more)

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Madeleine: An Autobiography
Madeleine: An Autobiography
by Madeleine
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This memoir offers a vivid account of brothel life in 1890s North America--in the city (Chicago, St. Louis), the Western boom town (Butte, Montana), and on the Canadian frontier. Containing the introductions to the 1919 and 1986 editions (by Judge Ben B.... (read more)

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Secrets of a Webcam Girl: A Memoir
Secrets of a Webcam Girl: A Memoir
by Annabelle T Baxter
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From video vixen to happy endings—one woman reveals all!   How far would you go to pay the bills? Secrets of a Webcam Girl is the true story of a girl’s transition from business suit to birthday suit as a way to solve mounting financial... (read more)

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Bare: On Women, Dancing, Sex, and Power
Bare: On Women, Dancing, Sex, and Power
by Elisabeth Eaves
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It began when she was a teenager with an awareness of her body and the reaction other people had to it. It continued with the realization that women’s bodies often gave them a strange power over men. As an adult, it became a fascination with... (read more)

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Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right
Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right
by Whitney Strub
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While America is not alone in its ambivalence toward sex and its depictions, the preferences of the nation swing sharply between toleration and censure. This pattern has grown even more pronounced since the 1960s, with the emergence of the New Right and... (read more)

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Grandes Horizontales: The Lives and Legends of Four Nineteenth-Century Courtesans
Grandes Horizontales: The Lives and Legends of Four Nineteenth-Century Courtesans
by Virginia Rounding
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-327) and index.... (read more)

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Travesti: Sex, Gender, and Culture Among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes (Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, & Culture)
Travesti: Sex, Gender, and Culture Among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes (Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, & Culture)
by Don Kulick
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In this dramatic and compelling narrative, anthropologist Don Kulick follows the lives of a group of transgendered prostitutes (called travestis in Portuguese) in the Brazilian city Salvador. Travestis are males who, often beginning at ages as young as... (read more)

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Sex for Sale: Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry
Sex for Sale: Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry
by Weitzer Ron
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A groundbreaking collection of essays on the sex industry. Sex for Sale contains original studies on sex work, its risks and benefits, and its political implications. The book covers areas not commonly researched, including gay and lesbian pornography... (read more)

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Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity
Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity
by Robert Jensen
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In our culture, porn makes the man. So argues Robert Jensen in Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity. Jensen’s treatise begins with a simple demand: “Be a man.” It ends with a defiant response: “I chose to struggle... (read more)

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Vanilla Slim: An Improbable Pimp in the Empire of Lust
Vanilla Slim: An Improbable Pimp in the Empire of Lust
by Bob Armstrong
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On December 8, 2002, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article by "Insight" contributor Bob Armstrong titled "Zen Dolls: Confessions of a Pimp in the Pod." In the article, Bob briefly recounted his adventures running an "escort" service before... (read more)

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City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920
City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920
by Timothy Gilfoyle
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Winner of the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society of American Historians and the New York State Historical Association Manuscript Prize.... (read more)

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Unseemly Man
Unseemly Man
by Larry Flynt
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This century's most ardent advocate of the First Amendment, controversial and outspoken, hated and adored, the infamous Larry Flynt's life needs no exaggeration to make it one of the most interesting stories of our time. The real events of Flynt's life... (read more)

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