This book critically analyzes the sex industry in Israel, using feminist concepts and scholarship to elaborate on the power of prostitution to shape a world in which women are objects for fulfilling men's desires. A comprehensive collection of research-based articles that examine prostitution, trafficking in women and pornography from divergent disciplinary angles, it reveals the interconnectedness of these three aspects of the sex trade which objectifies, commercializes and exploits human – and in particular women’s – sexuality. Showing these practices to be embedded in a capitalist and patriarchal oppressive context that is accommodated by state institutions, this volume rejects the argument that it is possible to choose prostitution, and that feminist pornography is possible.
With case studies including the conspicuous context of migration that attracts sex traffickers, the liberal discourse introduced by cinema, the media and the arts that serve to legitimate prostitution and pornography, the chauvinist-macho culture that perceives and treats women as sex objects, and the issues of male prostitution and men as clients, Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking in Women: Israel’s Blood Money constitutes a study of Israel as a unique context in which the sex trade can prosper, in spite of geographical, religious and institutional constraints. As such, it will be of interest to scholars of sociology, anthropology, history, cultural studies and gender and women’s studies.
"Rizkalla’s article, together with the other articles in this book, contribute to a ‘must read’ volume for anybody trying to make sense of how Israel has become the sex trade capital of the Middle East and how Israeli society reconciles the systematic sexualization and abuse of women within her borders and by her citizens outside of her borders."
Tamara Klinger Levi, Director- Resource Development
Introduction (Esther Hertzogand Erella Shadmi)
Part I The State and The Sex Trade
1. Prostitution and the State (Henriette Dahan Kalev)
2. Women who Traffic for Sex, and Criminal Court Rulings (Gabriel Cavaglion and Smadar Noy)
3. [Trade in] Women and the Israel Police (Erella Shadmi)
Part II Women in Prostitution
4. Prostitution and the White-Slave Trade in Palestine (Gur Alroey)
5. Cycles of Voiceless Silence and Silencing (Niveen Rizkalla)
6. Circles of Influence (Guy Bruker)
Part III Cultural Aspects of Prostitution
7. Prostitution: Myth and Reality (Tali Artman Partock and Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel)
8. Feminist Israeli Cinema (Yael Munk)
9. Male Prostitution, Morality and Dissident Pleasures (Gil'ad Padva)
Part IV The Feminist Struggle Against Pornography
10. The Liberal Disguise of Pornography on Public Discourse in Israel (Esther Hertzog)
11. Controversy and Consensus, Pornography and Hate Speech (Smadar Ben-Natan)