Sex For Sale
Prostitution, Pornography, and Erotic Dancing
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Since the publication of the second edition in 2010, the field of sex work studies has expanded. This fully updated edition of Sex for Sale: Prostitution, Pornography, and Erotic Dancing presents an innovative, in-depth, and nuanced analysis of sex work, its risks, and benefits, and pays attention to newer and everchanging types of sex work and its actors, as well as public policies and laws that govern its trade.
Now in its third edition, this volume includes updated research on traditional forms of sexual labor and incorporates original, empirically grounded research on newer or less researched phenomena. New chapters explore the use of technology among street sellers, blurring the line between street and online solicitation, in addition to chapters on historical prostitution, transgender workers, illicit massage parlors, male strippers, commercial webcamming, alternative policies and legal systems, and the sex workers rights movement.
The combination of cutting-edge and comprehensive analyses and carefully constructed methodologies in Sex for Sale makes it an excellent source of information for scholars and university students studying gender studies, sociology, and criminology.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Historical and Theoretical Foundations 1. Sex Work: Types and Paradigms Ronald Weitzer 2. Sex Work Around the World: A Historical Overview Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk Part 2: Pornography 3. Key Trends in Pornography Eran Shor and Kimberly Seida 4. Professional Female Pornography Performers James D. Griffith 5. Transgender Women in the Adult Film Industry Marrusia Role 6. Pornography By and For Women Jill A. Bakehorn Part 3: Erotic Performance 7. Gender Roles at the Male Strip Show Maren T. Scull 8. Gay Strip Clubs Joseph R. G. DeMarco 9. Webcamming: The Expansion of Sex Work Online Angela Jones Part 4: Prostitution 10. Selling Sex on the Streets Susan C. Dewey 11. Street-Based Sex Work in the Digital Age Katie Hail-Jares and Sharon S. Oselin 12. Illicit Massage Parlors John J. Chin and Lois M. Takahashi 13. Comparing Male and Female Escorts Juline Koken and David S. Bimbi 14. Clients: The Rhetoric and Realities of Sex Buying Martin Monto and Xtine Milrod Part 5: State Policies and Political Struggles 15. The U.S. Sex Workers’ Rights Movement Crystal A. Jackson and Barbara G. Brents 16. Criminalization, Decriminalization, and Legalization Ronald Weitzer
Ronald Weitzer is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at George Washington University and the author or editor of several books, volumes, and articles. He is an expert on the sex industry, with expertise on American policies and law enforcement on prostitution and sex trafficking.
This third edition is as important as the first but expands the reach of markets and sex workers included in the collection. This is an exciting, broad and highly relevant book which is an excellent introduction for students and equally insightful on the complexities of niche sex work communities and experiences for researchers alike. The expanse of topics demonstrates how new studies and reflections on existing knowledge make such an edited book essential reading across disciplines and scholarly boundaries.
Teela Sanders, Professor of Criminology, University of Leicester
This third edition of Sex for Sale: Prostitution, Pornography, and Erotic Dancing provides new and updated studies of the diverse dimensions of sex commerce around the world today. Endorsing a polymorphous paradigm to develop a deep understanding of the organization of sex work at the macro level and its everyday reality for people in sex work, Weitzer’s edited book is a ground-breaking addition to the interdisciplinary scholarship linking sexuality, work and politics.
Cecilia Benoit, University of Victoria, Canada
Eminently teachable and readable, this new edition of Sex for Sale is packed with up-to-date studies mapping the many territories of a fast-changing industry. Especially welcome is the attention to massage parlors staffed by Asian-American women and migrants, shifting trends in pornography from the perspectives of performers and producers, and strip clubs with male dancers in both straight and gay venues. In this third edition, Weitzer has recruited skilled researchers and writers, providing a useful scholarly resource that will also fill many days of classroom discussions.
Gregory Mitchell, Associate Professor of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Williams College