This groundbreaking collection of essays on the sex industry contains original studies on sex work, its risks and benefits, and its political implications. Sex for Sale covers areas not commonly researched, including gay and lesbian pornography, telephone sex workers, customers of prostitutes, male and female escorts who work independently, street prostitution, sex tourism, legal prostitution, and strip clubs that cater to women.
Sex for Sale also tracks various trends during the past decade, including the mainstreaming and growing acceptance of some types of sexual commerce and the growing criminalization of other types, such as sex trafficking. Sex for Sale offers a window into the lived experiences of sex workers as well as an analysis of the larger gender arrangements and political structures that shape the experiences of workers and their clients.
This book contributes greatly to a growing research literature that documents the rich variation, nuances, and complexities in the exchange of sexual services, performances, and products. This book will change the way we understand sex work.
Table of Contents
1. Sex Work 2. Motivations for Pursuing a Career in Pornography 3. Gay Male Pornography Since Stonewall 4. Women-Made Pornography 5. Gender and Space in Strip Clubs 6. Commercial Telephone Sex 7. The Ecology of Street Prostitution 8. Call girls and Street Prostitutes 9. Male and Female Escorts 10. Prostitutes’ Customers 11. Nevada’s Legal Brothels 12. Remaking the Sex Industry 13. Sex Tourism and Sex Workers Aspirations 14. Sex Trafficking
Ronald Weitzer is Professor of Sociology at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has written extensively on the sex industry in the United States and abroad, and is currently writing a book on political conflicts over prostitution policies in selected nations. He is frequently contacted by the media for information and comment on issues regarding the sex industry.