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  1. Morgan M. Page Morgan M. Page says:

    I, for one, was not expecting that I would be quoted in the book s final paragraph, but it was a delightful surprise Enough about me Chateauvert charts the course of the American sex workers rights movement Along the way, Chateauvert helpfully provides not only historical context but details how activists worked, how they won, and what can be learned from their failures The book ends in 2012, right before the rise of digital censorship based attacks on sex workers lives and incomes which I, for one, was not expecting that I would be quoted in the book s final paragraph, but it was a delightful surprise Enough about me Chateauvert charts the course of the American sex workers rights movement Along the way, Chateauvert helpfully provides not only historical context but details how activists worked, how they won, and what can be learned from their failures The book ends in 2012, right before the rise of digital censorship based attacks on sex workers lives and incomes which have resulted in the harmful SESTA FOSTA legislation that activists today are fighting against a subject that begs to be written about in depth by whoever next takes up the role of sex work activism historian


  2. Stefani Stefani says:

    I gave this book my very best, I went into it with the most open of open minds, and I just didn t like it at all Now, let me explain a little about myself here I believe that prostitution and sex trade work will exist no matter how illegal we try and make it It always has existed and it always will as long as there are people willing to pay for sex I believe that a lot would be accomplished by legalizing prostitution.For the rest of this review please visit my blog, Written Among The StarsI I gave this book my very best, I went into it with the most open of open minds, and I just didn t like it at all Now, let me explain a little about myself here I believe that prostitution and sex trade work will exist no matter how illegal we try and make it It always has existed and it always will as long as there are people willing to pay for sex I believe that a lot would be accomplished by legalizing prostitution.For the rest of this review please visit my blog, Written Among The StarsI received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher, no guarantees or promises were made in exchange


  3. Beth Winn Beth Winn says:

    can be dense read for some but lots of history and commentary on modern sexworker rights movement


  4. Kim Kim says:

    I wanted to give this book a good review because it is my first gotten through Goodreads Giveaways However, while the book is well researched and meticulously foornoted, it is much too clinical for the casual reader Was this Chateauvert s dissertation The author is at her best when discussing personalities rather than movements The chapter headings were cool Otherwise, I did not find this book at all entertaining And the only reference to Stonewall is that the riot started when a transgend I wanted to give this book a good review because it is my first gotten through Goodreads Giveaways However, while the book is well researched and meticulously foornoted, it is much too clinical for the casual reader Was this Chateauvert s dissertation The author is at her best when discussing personalities rather than movements The chapter headings were cool Otherwise, I did not find this book at all entertaining And the only reference to Stonewall is that the riot started when a transgender sex worker threw a shoe through the window Not a lot of information to base a subtitle on


  5. Jen Jen says:

    Didn t finish I picked it up because this is a topic I d like to learnabout While very well researched, I found the lack of personal narratives and detached, objective tone hard to get engaged in So perhaps this isof an intermediate level reading on the subject The history and details, while interesting, weren t able to latch onto an already existing internal framework for me to truly get the learning and insights I was hoping for Maybe I can come back to it some day If an Didn t finish I picked it up because this is a topic I d like to learnabout While very well researched, I found the lack of personal narratives and detached, objective tone hard to get engaged in So perhaps this isof an intermediate level reading on the subject The history and details, while interesting, weren t able to latch onto an already existing internal framework for me to truly get the learning and insights I was hoping for Maybe I can come back to it some day If anyone has any recommendations on this topic I would welcome it


  6. Rose Rose says:

    I like the idea of this book and the purpose for which it is written, but the chapters were slow and a lot of the key people hard to keep track of and follow The intent of this book is fantastic, and it was interesting to learn some of therecent history of the sex worker movements in the US, but the execution made it really hard to stay focused on what was going on in this book.


  7. Tatao Burduli Tatao Burduli says:

    Nice to review facts, but the author is definitely not a writer.


  8. Michelle Hoogterp Michelle Hoogterp says:

    I m surprised by other reviewers comments Firstly, the subtitle is from stonewall to slutwalk one reviewer seems to have forgotten that and focused on the so called lack of discussion of Stonewall which is incorrect since the first essay discusses stonewall and the beginnings of sex worker activism per se Secondly, another reviewer claims a lot of acronyms are used that likely will confuse a reader That s not true Acronyms are used but each are discussed and they didn t stroke me as carele I m surprised by other reviewers comments Firstly, the subtitle is from stonewall to slutwalk one reviewer seems to have forgotten that and focused on the so called lack of discussion of Stonewall which is incorrect since the first essay discusses stonewall and the beginnings of sex worker activism per se Secondly, another reviewer claims a lot of acronyms are used that likely will confuse a reader That s not true Acronyms are used but each are discussed and they didn t stroke me as carelessly bandied about as to lose a reader.Thirdly, it was claimed in another review that this wasn t entertaining enough This wasn t meant to be entertaining a serious of salacious sex tales, so that reviewer missed the whole point of the book.It was claimed in multiple places that this was high academic reading Admittedly I have two masters degrees, but I know people without a college degree who would have no trouble reading this at all The language is jargon free and the style is smooth and easily read Granted, if you have the attention span of a gnat and thought you were going to read gossip or some erotic tales then you ll be thrown by the book.but the idea this is highly academic in style like some sociology technical manual, if such things existed, is ludicrous The book is written for the sociologist as much as the average person The book is decent but not a comprehensive history of sex workers rights movements It s nonetheless fascinating when discussing feminism and sex worker rights I highly recommend this to anyone interest in human rights


  9. Caitlin Caitlin says:

    I received Sex Workers Unite for free in a Goodreads giveaway and I m really grateful that I did Despite the provocative title, it was well researched, useful for both casual readers like myself andserious academics Gloria Steinem once wrote that we should listen to people, not paper, and Chateauvert does just that Instead of talking about sex workers, she talks to them, delivering their words right to the readers She discusses the absence of sex workers in the civil rights movements, I received Sex Workers Unite for free in a Goodreads giveaway and I m really grateful that I did Despite the provocative title, it was well researched, useful for both casual readers like myself andserious academics Gloria Steinem once wrote that we should listen to people, not paper, and Chateauvert does just that Instead of talking about sex workers, she talks to them, delivering their words right to the readers She discusses the absence of sex workers in the civil rights movements, in feminist politics, in the gay rights movement, and in our societal discourse in general Sex workers are talked about, talked down, to and even as we demand their services, shamed for existing.With a passionate tone, Chateauvert sets out to provide examples for activists and confront the stereotypes and stigmas about sex work Unfortunately, the examples that Chateauvert provides don t provide a clear map for making sex workers lives better, as she would have hoped, but they do show readers where to start by listening to the workers themselves Her work highlights the resilience and self care that has kept sex workers alive and fighting, stronger than society gives them credit for Sex Workers Unite is a fascinating read and one that leaves you reconsidering every preconceived notion you had about sex work that you ever had


  10. Michelle Michelle says:

    I won a copy of Sex Workers Unite from a firstreads giveaway It is clear from this book that Melinda Chateauvert is entrenched in the struggles of sex workers be they strippers, escorts, porn stars, or rent boys , and well versed in the history of their political organization.The empowering title, a call to action in itself, alludes to the proactive nature of the activities profiled in the text Chateauvert is interested in the sex workers that don t just lay back and take it forgive me, coul I won a copy of Sex Workers Unite from a firstreads giveaway It is clear from this book that Melinda Chateauvert is entrenched in the struggles of sex workers be they strippers, escorts, porn stars, or rent boys , and well versed in the history of their political organization.The empowering title, a call to action in itself, alludes to the proactive nature of the activities profiled in the text Chateauvert is interested in the sex workers that don t just lay back and take it forgive me, couldn t resist the pun , and covers five years of political organization within the United States As someone who lost a university president in part because he stood up for the student s right to host the Sex Workers Art Show, I was surprised at how much I didn t know about the movement s.For practical purposes, this is not a book that is going to get a wide audience It is very in depth, there are a LOT of acronyms, a lot of endnotes, and a lot of moving parts Chateauvert s thoroughness keeps this from being a book for the average reader I was interested, and it took me about 50 pages before I was really getting into the book and the history That said, there are some really sassy, choice figures and anecdotes that keep this book moving and the reader interested


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  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk
  • Melinda Chateauvert
  • English
  • 17 November 2019
  • 0807061395

About the Author: Melinda Chateauvert

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