Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights

Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights [PDF] ❤ Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights Author Molly Smith – Thomashillier.co.uk You hear that selling sex is degrading you hear that no one would ever choose to do it you hear that it s dangerous that women get abused and killed You often hear, There should be a law against it Or You hear that selling sex is degrading you The Fight Kindle Ö hear that no one would ever choose to do it you hear that it s dangerous that women get abused and killed You often hear, There should be a law against it Or, perhaps just against the buyers What do sex workers want That s not something you hear asked very often In this accessible manifesto, the strong argument for full decriminalization of sex work is explored through personal experience and looking at laws around the worldIn some places, like New York, selling sex is illegal Revolting Prostitutes: PDF/EPUB ² In others, like Sweden, only buying it is In some, like the UK and France, it s legal to sell sex and to buy it, but not to run a brothel or solicit a sale In New Zealand, it s not illegal at all In What Do Sex Workers Want , Juno Mac and Molly Smith both sex workers explain what each of these laws do in practice to those doing the work Addressing each model in turn, they show that prohibiting the sex industry actually exacerbates every harm that sex workers are vulnerable to.


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  1. Thomas Thomas says:

    Radical, lucid, a masterpiece of feminist nonfiction I would recommend to everyone In Revolting Prostitutes The Fight for Sex Workers Rights, sex workers Juno Mac and Molly Smith create an incisive, brilliant manifesto for why we need to decriminalize sex work right now From the beginning of this book, they make their agenda clear to advocate for sex workers rights, not to glorify sex work as some empowering deed or to describe it as a horrific act that people should strive to ban Rathe Radical, lucid, a masterpiece of feminist nonfiction I would recommend to everyone In Revolting Prostitutes The Fight for Sex Workers Rights, sex workers Juno Mac and Molly Smith create an incisive, brilliant manifesto for why we need to decriminalize sex work right now From the beginning of this book, they make their agenda clear to advocate for sex workers rights, not to glorify sex work as some empowering deed or to describe it as a horrific act that people should strive to ban Rather, in practical, intelligent terms, they describe how our current capitalist system has made sex work an unfortunate necessity for the most marginalized in our society and what we can do to improve these sex workers conditions Here is a quote that captures these Juno Mac and Molly Smiths sharp thinking and clear writing, about how sex work stemsfrom poverty than a lack of criminalizationIf criminalization was the key factor in the size of a country s sex industry, the US would have a tiny sex industry As chapter 5 details, in many states, penalties for purchasing sex far exceed those in Scandinavia and of course sex workers themselves, along with managers, landlords, taxi drivers, and colleagues, can all be swept into prosecution Yet the US has a huge sex industry That s because the key determinant is not criminal law but poverty and people s access to resources When a country has no social safety net, or when the social safety next excludes some, people struggling to avoid homelessness or to pay for healthcare might well sell sex in order to get housing or medication People who are undocumented struggle to enter the mainstream labour market or to assert any labour rights In these contexts, some people sell sex often under conditions that are, to a greater or lesser degree, exploitative or abusive But the solution isn t to criminalize commercial sex if it was, the US would have zero trafficking Instead, it is to ensure that people have access to the resources that they need, including the right to safe migration and the right for migrants to work and assert labour rights without fearing deportation Juno Mac and Molly Smith analyze every model of regulating sex work criminalizing the seller, criminalizing the buyer, government legalization and regulations, full decriminalization, etc with great thoughtfulness and care both to sex workers lived experiences as well to their surrounding economic context I most loved how they incorporated intersectionality into their work They name their privilege and they speak multiple times to how the criminalization of sex work affects the most marginalized sex workers, like sex workers of color specifically black sex workers , trans sex workers, and migrant sex workers Their chapter on border policing and how it intersects with trafficking and sex work blew my mind, I felt so impressed and inspired by the depth of their analysis and the connections they drew Juno Mac and Molly Smith call out liberal feminists and carceral feminists for advocating for solutions that, while at times perhaps good intentioned, only serve to reinforce the degradation and devaluing of sex workers instead of actually providing them with the safety and resources they need to make a living wage and take care of themselves and their loved ones Here is another paragraph, a brief one in which they name their own privilege, which I wishwriters and people would doThe authors of this book could certainly not be described as representative of all people selling sex Both of us are cisgender and white, born and raised in the global north, working in a country where the sex work we do is less crimalised, with middle class educations and the access to power and capital that brings It is not by accident that opportunities to speak on television, publish articles, and be appointed to salaried activist positions come to us or people like us Just as in any radical movement, a select few activists often receive unfair credit for doing the same work thatmarginalized sex workers, who cannot risk being public in their activism, are doing alongside them Such a thoroughly well researched, important, and well written book There is so much we as a broad society do not know about sex work and there is no one better to learn from than sex workers themselves Thank you to Juno Mac and Molly Smith for writing Revolting Prostitutes I am still so impressed by this book, in particular the quality of the authors writing and their excellent economic analysis Again, highly recommended to all


  2. Michael Michael says:

    A forceful argument for the full decriminalization of sex work In lucid prose the writers take a look at various kinds of law from countries around the world, from America s outlawing of all sex work to Nordic countries banning of just the purchase of sex, and they examine how criminalization of any kind materially harms sex workers, saps their ability to collectively organize, and heightens the risk that they ll suffer violence at the hands of not just clients and pimps but also the police an A forceful argument for the full decriminalization of sex work In lucid prose the writers take a look at various kinds of law from countries around the world, from America s outlawing of all sex work to Nordic countries banning of just the purchase of sex, and they examine how criminalization of any kind materially harms sex workers, saps their ability to collectively organize, and heightens the risk that they ll suffer violence at the hands of not just clients and pimps but also the police and state The approach s Marxist, internationalist, and systemic there s nothing of memoir here, and Mac and Smith reject both sex positive and carceral feminism as arguing for against sex work in individualized, symbolic terms, in such a way that erases most sex workers material needs and lived experiences For being so brief the work s astoundingly thorough, detailing decades of global history and the state of current affairs in the span of a couple of hundred pages


  3. Barry Pierce Barry Pierce says:

    On the back cover of Revolting Prostitutes, Silvia Federici the acclaimed Italian theorist and radical Marxist feminist who gave us Caliban and the Witch claims that this is the book that she has been waiting for Finally, a book about sex workers by sex workers Whilst there have, of course, been books written by sex workers about sex work in the past, they have often taken the form of memoir Juno Mac and Molly Smith purposefully stray from this narrative They are not in the business of re On the back cover of Revolting Prostitutes, Silvia Federici the acclaimed Italian theorist and radical Marxist feminist who gave us Caliban and the Witch claims that this is the book that she has been waiting for Finally, a book about sex workers by sex workers Whilst there have, of course, been books written by sex workers about sex work in the past, they have often taken the form of memoir Juno Mac and Molly Smith purposefully stray from this narrative They are not in the business of recounting the horrifying biographies of sex workers or tale after tale of deportation, abuse, and murder Instead they take a systematic approach to sex work, identifying why it exists, how it continues to exist, and investigating the different forms of sex work legislation around the planet Continue reading my review on my blog


  4. Heather Heather says:

    If you consider yourself a feminist, if you ve ever expressed an opinion about sex work laws, hell if you re a thinking human please please read this book A rare book written by actual sex workers discussing the actual real life impact of prostitution laws, legalization and criminalisation from a worker s rights and harm reduction perspective It s neither pro nor anti sex work, but instead advocates for looking practically at the situation, including the way that the prison system, the polic If you consider yourself a feminist, if you ve ever expressed an opinion about sex work laws, hell if you re a thinking human please please read this book A rare book written by actual sex workers discussing the actual real life impact of prostitution laws, legalization and criminalisation from a worker s rights and harm reduction perspective It s neither pro nor anti sex work, but instead advocates for looking practically at the situation, including the way that the prison system, the police and borders impact sex workers with specific reference to the most vulnerable and marginalized sex workers, including black, trans and migrant individuals It made me realize that despite us all having some opinions on these issues, so few of us know anything about it and it specifically challenges carceral and liberal feminists who fail to take into account the actual effects of the things they advocate for I have not learned so much from a book in a long time Please order this from your local indie bookshop immediately


  5. Naomi Naomi says:

    An exceptional piece of work It s both radical and lucid, which is a difficult combination and one rarely achieved It s a perfect antidote to mainstream feminism s ongoing rejection women of colour, trans women, sex working women and queer women Essential reading.


  6. ashley c ashley c says:

    I picked this up for a book discussion I attended It was hosted by a book club that discusses philosophy, psychology, and social issues For every discussion, they try to get the author to skype in to answer questions The discussion on Revolting Prostitutes The Fight for Sex Workers Rights is hosted jointly with our only local sex workers activist group, Project X It was a close up, cozy session with the director Vanessa and staff of Project X, and we got to break down the book and understa I picked this up for a book discussion I attended It was hosted by a book club that discusses philosophy, psychology, and social issues For every discussion, they try to get the author to skype in to answer questions The discussion on Revolting Prostitutes The Fight for Sex Workers Rights is hosted jointly with our only local sex workers activist group, Project X It was a close up, cozy session with the director Vanessa and staff of Project X, and we got to break down the book and understand it in the local context, provided by Vanessa The book argues that the discourse on sex work should first and foremost acknowledge that it is work It talks about the difficulty trying to move the feminist movement away from what sex work symbolisesSex work is the vault in which society stores some of its keenest fears and anxietiesand move towards discourse within material arguments, such as safety and incomePeople sells sex to get money This simple fact is often missed, forgotten, or overlooked Pathologising sex workers as unable to make good decisions, rather than seeing them as people largely motivated by familiar, mundane needs, can lead to disastrous consequencesThe authors are extremely critical of carceral feminism, which is feminism focused on using law enforcement to abolish sex work or to enforce gender quality They argue that the system perpetuates patriarchy and violence against women, and law enforcement is basically the opposite of what this movement needs.The authors argue that decriminalisation is not sufficient as the only solution, it does not address structures of poverty The issue of immigration and trafficking is extensively discussed as well The book argues that no human being is legal when there are borders in the world Anyone who crosses a border is vulnerable, and that immigration creates distinction between various groups of power differences racial, economical, gender, and so on The Nordic system, where buyers of sexual services are criminalized and not sex workers, is often quoted by feminists, lawmakers, and the general public to be the best model to regulate sex work in a way that doesn t harm sex workers However, there is evidence that suggests that this takes away power from sex workers and gives it to the system One of suchobservable consequences is that clients becomescarce, and those who still want to buy sex increasingly becomejittery Sex workers find it increasingly hard to get work, and they often have to give in to demands that they will not usually give in to if they had sufficient money for the day, such as being asked to perform her services in a dark alley rather than a motel room for fear of the client being caught This, the authors say, have actually made sex workersvulnerable There arebut these are just my thoughts on a few of the ideas discussed Also, the ideas and discussion around gender issues, borders, workers rights, discrimination, capitalism, and the patriarchy is not just applicable to the issue of sex work It applies to the feminist movement, discourse on race, on immigration, on everything else You will not just gain a better understanding on sex work and its politics, but a good insight into how these issues weave together in today s climate Overall, an extremely well written and accessible piece on such a nuanced and complex topic The authors are passionate and they provided clear and balanced views on all the arguments you can think of for this issue This is a necessary read for anyone who are invested in the rights of sex workers and who identifies as a feminist Amazing


  7. Harper Lewis Harper Lewis says:

    I want to throw this book at every politician


  8. Dani Dani says:

    This book is AMAZING so well researched and written A must read if you re interested in sex worker rights, and not just for those who already know a lot beforehand, please read if you re new to the topic It s also great and too rare to read a book on sex work written by current sex workers


  9. Audacia Ray Audacia Ray says:

    Such an impressive and nuanced book about sex work Juno and Molly s research and foot notes are truly impressive they did not just make a book that s a long version of incisive tweets and internet snark, when they very well could have Revolting Prostitutes really sets the standard for critical analysis of sex work, and I will be recommending it and referring to it constantly in my sex worker rights advocacy work I already bought fivecopies, which I ll be gifting to elected officials a Such an impressive and nuanced book about sex work Juno and Molly s research and foot notes are truly impressive they did not just make a book that s a long version of incisive tweets and internet snark, when they very well could have Revolting Prostitutes really sets the standard for critical analysis of sex work, and I will be recommending it and referring to it constantly in my sex worker rights advocacy work I already bought fivecopies, which I ll be gifting to elected officials and their legislative directors as I ramp up the next stage of advocacy for decriminalization


  10. Veronika Valkovicova Veronika Valkovicova says:

    I must have read dozens of papers on sex work policies and certainly a few very long books This one is so far the best and the most comprehensive one that is out there.


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