Women's Health, Studies, Feminism and Ethics

Topics in Sex Work and Sex Work Research

Return to Main Menu 

 

Index

 


 



 


 

 


General

Weitzer: Prostitution - Facts and fictions. Contexts 2007 (pdf)

Weitzer. The sociology of sex work. Ann Rev Sociol 2009 (abstract)   

Weitzer: The mythology of prostitution Sex Res Soc Pol 2010 (pdf) 

Jane Pritchard. The sex work debate. International Socialism 2010 

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: http://myweb.dal.ca/mgoodyea/images/newsm.jpg

 

International Law and Human Rights
Loff, Gaze, Fairley: Prostitution, public health, and human rights law. Lancet 2000 (pdf)

Wolffers and van Beelen: Public health and the human rights of sex workers. Lancet 2003 (pdf)

Wendy Lyon: Prohibitory Prostitution Laws and the Human Right to Health LLM Thesis 2011

 

Feminism

(see also Philosophy)

 

Wendy McElroy. Prostitutes, Feminists, and Economic Associates 

 

Annette Jolin: On the backs of working prostitutes - Feminist theory and prostitution policy. Crime and Delinquency 1994 (pdf)

Sarah Bromberg: Feminist issues in prostitution, 1997

Elizabeth Bernstein:  What's wrong with prostitution?  What's right with sex work?  Hastings Women's Law Journal 1999 (pdf)

Sloan and Wahab: Feminist voices on sex work - implications for social work. Affilia 2000 (pdf)

Kari Kesler: Is a feminist stance in support of prostitution possible? Sexualities 2002 (abstract)

Hilary Kinnell: Why feminists should rethink on sex workers' rights. 2002 (pdf)

Julia O'Connell Davidson: The rights and wrongs of prostitution. Hypatia 2002 (abstract)
Jane Scoular: The subject of prostitution in feminist theory. FemTheor 2004 (abstract)

 

Laurie Shrage. Feminist Perspectives on Sex Markets. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2007 

See also Philosophy

 

Kate Morris: The Harlot's Curse: Feminism and Prostitution. Fringe 8 2007

Carrie Hamilton. Feminist testimony in the internet age: Sex work, blogging and the politics of witnessing. J Rom Stud 2009 (abstract)

 

Diversity

Harcourt and Donovan: The many faces of sex work. STI 2005  

Agustin: The cultural study of commercial sex. Sexualities 2005 (pdf) 

Cultural study of commercial sex. Sexualities 2005 (Special issue)

 


Political Science

Policy Analysis

Criminal, victim, social evil or working girl: legal approaches to prostitution and their impact on sex workers. Marjan Wijers 2001 (pdf)     

Political Theory

Helen Ward: Marxism versus moralism. Permanent Revolution 2007 (pdf)

Jo Phoenix: Governing Prostitution: New Formations, Old Agendas. Can JLS 2007 (Abstract) 

 

Sexwork and Class

Elizabeth Bernstein: Sex work for the middle classes. Sexualities Oct 2007 (abstract)

 

Media

Selling the sex the middle class way. Sunday Times Jan 22 2006 

How did the oldest profession become a career choice for middle-class girls? Daily Mail Sept 27 2010

Middle Class Girls Aren’t Prostitutes. Trespass Sept 30 2010 

The middle-class women who charge for sex. Irish Independent Oct 16 2010 

 

Video

I'm a ho-professional

 

Social Change

Laverack. Influencing public health policy: to what extent can public action defining the policy concerns of government? J Pub Health 2010

*Migration, Trafficking and Tourism

 

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: White slave trade

 


Underage sexwork

Alan Brown. Beyond prostitution: Justice, feminism, and social change. Canadian Women’s Studies 1999 (pdf)    

Alyson Brown: Twentieth century constructions of child prostitution. Child Soc 2004 (pdf)

Jane Dodsworth: Child sexual exploitation/child prostitution: how can the views of the young people involved inform multi-agency practice towards a more effective means of working in partnership with them? U East Anglia 2000

 

Client Studies

Devon Brewer: Prostitution and the sex discrepency in reported number of sexual partners PNAS 2000

Campbell and Storr: Challenging the kerb crawler rehabilitation programme. Fem Rev 2001 (pdf)

Pamela Preston and Alan Brown. John court: Comparison of characteristics, sexual behavior, and sexual attitudes of clients of street prostitutes. J Ethnicity & Criminal Justice 2005 (pdf)   

Groom and Nandwani: Characteristics of men who pay for sex. STI 2006 (pdf)

Sanders: Prostitution today. Punishing the punters. THES June 2007 (Word)

Sanders: Male sexual scripts - The purchase of commercial sex Sociology 2008 (pdf)

 

See also:

Australia

Scotland

Illinois

 

Sexuality and Disability

Teela Sanders: The politics of sexuality - commercial sex and disability. Disab Soc 2007 (abstract)

Touching Base (Sex Workers and Disability, NSW Australia)

 

Defence mechanisms and coping strategies

Teela Sanders. Controllable laughter - managing sex work through humour. Sociology 2004 (pdf)  

Sanders: 'Its's just acting' - sex workers' strategies. GWO 2005 (abstract)

 

Philosophy, Morality and Ethics

(see also Feminism)

 

Philosophy and Ethics

 

Lars Ericsson: Charges against prostitution. Ethics 1980 (pdf)

Carole Pateman: Defending prostitution - Charges against Ericsson. Ethics 1983 (pdf)

 

Karen Green: Prostitution, exploitation and taboo. Philosophy 1989 (pdf)

Laurie Shrage. Should Feminists Oppose Prostitution. Ethics 1989 (abstract)

Christine Overall: What's wrong with prostitution? Evaluating sex work. Signs 1992 (pdf) 

Commentary. L Shrage Signs 1994

Reply. Overall 1994

 

Laurie Shrage. Comparing prostitutions, in Moral dilemmas of feminism: prostitution, adultery, and abortion. 1994

Debra Satz: Markets in women's sexual labor. Ethics 1995 (pdf)

Laurie Shrage. Prostitution and the Case for Decriminalization. Dissent 1996 (abstract)

Philosophy Talk: Debra Satz debates prostitution with Ken Taylor and John Perry, May 17 2005 (audio)

 

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Laurie Shrage): Feminist perspectives on sex markets 2007

Laurie Shrage: How queer is sex work? (on line course)  

Moral Debate

Laura Agustin: Helping women who sell sex. Rhizomes 2005

Ronald Weitzer: Moral crusade against prostitution. Society 2006 (pdf)

 

Ethics

Sex Worker's Rights and Media Ethics  


*Health and Wellbeing

 

 

Support

Dalla: Streetwalking prostitute's interpersonal support networks. J Fam Iss 2001 (abstract)

 

Transitioning

Lisa Kramer: A survival analysis of timing of entry into prostitution. Sociol Inq 2003 (pdf)

Teela Sanders. Becoming an Ex–Sex Worker: Making Transitions Out of a Deviant Career. Fem Criminol (abstract)


Economics

Richard Simper: The economics of prostitution

(See also: Canada)

 

Matthew Greenall. Sex Work and Economics: A rapid annotated bibliography. September 2008 (pdf)  

 

 

Julie Pearl: The highest paying customers. America's cities and the costs of prostitution control Hast LJ 1987 (pdf)

Edlund and Korn: A theory of prostitution. J Pol Econ 2002 (pdf)

Cameron and Collins: Estimates of model of male participation in the market Eur J Law Econ 2003  (abstract)

Levitt and Vankatesh: An empirical analysis of street level prostitution. (Preliminary) 2007 (pdf)

Collins and Judge: Differential enforcement across police jurisdictions and client demand. Eur J Law Econ 2009 (abstract)

Marina Della Giusta. Simulating the impact of regulation changes on the market for prostitution services . Eur J Law Econ 2010 (abstract)

Hafer & Farmer: Affluent, Educated Women May Choose Sexual Prostitution. News Release May 12 2011 

 Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: http://myweb.dal.ca/mgoodyea/images/newsm.jpg

 

Meadowcroft J (ed.) Prohibitions. IEA 2008
(Download pdf from this site, pp 178-197) 

 

 

Media

John Paulos. Who's counting? Sexonomics: - Prostitutes income. A Look at the Economics Behind the World's Oldest Profession. ABC 2006

The Economics Of Prostitution. Forbes Feb 14 2006  

Selling sex. Economist Jan 27 2008

Sudhir Venkatesh: Do high-end sex workers have it easier? NY Times March 18 2008

Venkatesh: Sex trade economics. NPR March 15 2008 (audio file)


Organisation and Work

History

Pheterson and St James: $ex Workers Make History: 1985 & 1986, in Sex Workers' Rights: Report of the European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labour and Migration. Brussels 2005 (pdf) 


Organisation

Weitzer. Prostitutes Rights In The United States: The Failure Of A Movement. Sociol Quart 1991 (abstract) 

Jackie West: Prostitution - Collectives and the politics of regulation. GWO 2000 (abstract)

Lilian Mathieu. The Emergence and Uncertain Outcomes of Prostitutes' Social Movements. European Journal of Women's Studies 2003 (abstract)

Dan Gallin: The international sex workers' movement. Global Labour Institute 2004

Ronald Weitzer: Prostitution as a form of work. Sociology Compass 2007 (abstract)

Gregor Gall: Sex worker unionisation. Industrial Rel J 2007 (pdf)  

 

Sudhir Venkatesh. How Tech Tools Transformed New York's Sex Trade. Wired Jan 31 2011  

CAASE: Wired and Venkatesh Perpetuate Prostitution Myths . Feb 7

Tracy Clark-Flory. How technology is actually changing sex work. Salon Feb 12 2011 

 


Street Prostitution

Dalla: Qualitative investigation of street-level sex work. Psych Women Q 2002 (abstract)

Williamson. Understanding the experiences of street level prostitutes. Qual Soc Work 2003 (pdf) 

Sloss: When street workers are mothers. Arch Sex Behav 2004 (pdf)

Center for Problem-Oriented Policing: Street Prostitution. 2006


Indoor Markets

Julia O’Connell Davidson. The anatomy of ‘free choice’ prostitution. GWO 1995 (abstract)

Ann Lucas: Elite prostitutes' vocational orientations and experiences. Dev Behav 2005 (abstract)

Tamara O'Doherty: Off-street commercial sex. Thesis June 2007 (pdf)
Press release

Reactions
Off-street sex workers less likely to face violence: Vancouver Sun, June 17 2007 (Word)

 

Suzanne Jenkins: Beyond gender - an examination of exploitation in sex work. PhD Thesis 2009 (Summary, pdf)

Brigid Agresti. E-Prostitution: Content analysis of internet escort websites. MA Thesis 2009 (pdf) 


Managers and third parties

Kate Gleeson: Bludging sex - What's wrong with the pimp? 2004 (pdf)

Raphael and Myers-Powell: Interviews with 5 ex-pimps in Chicago. De Paul University April 2009 (pdf)

Holly Davis: Defining 'Pimp': Working Towards a Definition in Social Research. Sociological Research 2013


Stripping and Dancing

Elisabeth Wood: Working in the fantasy factory. J Contemp Ethnog 2000 (pdf) 

Julie Bindel: Lap dancing in the UK 2004 (pdf)

Behind Closed Doors: An analysis of indoor sex work in NY City. Urban Justice Centre 2005 (pdf) 

Esther Bott: Migrant British women producing 'selves' through lap dancing work. Fem Rev 2006 (pdf) 

Katherine Frank: Thinking critically about strip club research. Sexualities Oct 2007 (abstract)

Brooke Magnanti: The impact of adult entertainment on rape statistics in Camden:a re-analysis. 2011   

 

Rachela Colosi

Undressing the Moves: An ethnographic study of lap-dancers and lap-dancing club culture.  PhD Thesis Newcastle 2008 (pdf)  

The Changing Room. Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) 2009 p. 77 (abstract, pdf) 

Lap-dancing: Leisure or Sex Encounter? Sheffield Criminology Seminar Feb 2010

Abstract, Power Point

 

Leeds University Project. Sanders and Hardy: The Regulatory Dance 

 

A return to the Chicago school? From the 'subculture' of taxi dancers to the contemporary lap dancer J Youth Studies 2010 (abstract)    

 

Media

Thinking Allowed. BBC July 2010

 

Media

Jennifer Abel: Selling sex with a smile. Guardian Oct 29 2009  

One in four lap dancers has a degree, study finds . Independent August 27 2010

Jennifer Abel: The latter-day 'scarlet letter' of sex work. Guardian Oct 11

Student by day ... lap-dancer by night. Guardian Feb 15 2011  

 

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Dancer Graphic

 


Communication and marketing

Sudhir Venkatesh. Five myths about prostitution. Washington Post Sept 12 2010     


Pornography

 

Commentary

Naomi Wolff. The Porn Myth. NY Magazine Oct 20 2003

 

Research

Chauntelle Anne Tibbals. Sex Work, Office Work: Women Working Behind the Scenes in the

US Adult Film IndustryGWO 2011 (pdf)  

The sunny side of smut. Melinda Wenner Moyer,  Scientific American July 22, 2011


 

Community and Urban Studies

Phil Hubbard: Cleansing the metropolis. Urb Stud 2004 (abstract)

Tracey Sagar: Street Watch: concept and practice. Br J Crim 2005 (abstract)

Mark Bellis: Comparative views on managed zones. Health & Place 2007 (abstract)

O'Neill et al. Living with the other. Crime Media Culture 2008 (abstract)

(see also: United Kingdom)

Advocacy
Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Panel-of-infamy

Sex Worker Panel at International Conference on Prostitution

Van Nuys, CA 1997

(Photo courtesy of Norma Jean Almodovar)

 

Network of Sex Work Projects

Prostitute's Education Network

 

Charter of Rights Amsterdam 1985

 

Professional Training and Peer Education
Fenarete Project: Professional training for peer educators

Sex Work Awareness: Media Training 2009 (pdf)   

Sex Worker Open University

Support and Advice for Escorts

How to Become a Sex Industry Professional Whether You're a Woman or a Man. Lifestyle 2007

 

 

Amanda Brooks: The Internet Escort's Handbook. Golden Girl Press 2007

Review

Media

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Amanda Brooks

Brooks

 

History

Clarkson. History of Prostitution. CMAJ 1939 (pdf)

 

Brundage: Prostitution in medieval canon law. Signs 1976 (pdf)

Prostitution in the Middle Ages (Decameron Web)

 

Limoncelli: International voluntary associations, local movements and state paths to the abolition of regulated prostitution 1875-1950 (abstract)

Julia Anne Laite: Prostitution in London 1885-1930. Ph D Thesis, Cambridge 2008

Belinda Brooks-Gordon's concise history of prostitution (video)

 

Intimacy, Relationships and Sexuality

Realising sexual rights. IDS 2005 (pdf) 

Rachel Johnson: How far would you go? Times Dec 2 2007

 


Prohibition (Abolition)

 

Andrea Dworkin

Prostitution and Male Supremacy 1992

 

Janice Raymond

Introduction (The case against the legalization of prostitution) Violence Against Women 2004 (pdf)

( Contents Vol 10:10 )

 

10 reasons for not legalizing prostitution. 2003

Helen Self: A response to Janice Raymond. 2007 (Word)

Scarlet Alliance response

 

Melissa Farley

Prostitution Research and Education

Prostitution in Five Countries: Violence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Fem Psychol 1998 

 

Dr Paul de Wet: Analysis of Farley's PTSD thesis - affidavit 2002 (pdf)


 

Criminology and legal theory

Eileen McLeod:Working with Prostitutes: Probation Officers' Aims and Strategies. BJSW 1979 (abstract) 

Sylvia Law: Commercial Sex- Beyond decriminalization. S Cal Law Rev 2000 (pdf)

(see also: Canada -Beyond decriminalisation. Pivot 2006)

Geoffrey Allan Plauché. Moral Legislation and Democracy: The Devlin-Hart-Dworkin Debate Revisited. 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association 

Ekow Yankah. An (In)decent Proposition: Prostitution, Immorality and Decriminalization 2010 (pdf)   

 

Social theory

David Garland. On the concept of moral panic. Crime Media Culture 2008 (abstract)

 

Sex work in Education[1]

(see also Stripping and Dancing) 

 

Media

Students on the game. THE July 18 1997 

Could poverty lead students to prostitution and drug dealing? Independent June 4 1998  

2001

Hard-up students 'turn to vice'. BBC April 29 2001 

2004

Student Life: The oldest profession. Vivid (Romania)  

Sex work more attractive option for students. ABC April 2  

2006

Female students turn to prostitution to pay fees. Times Oct 8

2007

Escort agencies luring students into prostitution to pay for college. Independent (Ireland) Sept 18  

The students selling their brains and bodies for cash. Varsity News October 6 

Cambridge students 'work as prostitutes' Telegraph Oct 10  

2008

 Tales of student prostitutes shock France. Guardian Jan 21    

Selling sex to study. Times Feb 19

Life as a student prostitute. BBC April  

2009

Student web prostitution “not unusual”. Bangkok Post Jan 31      

Rising costs strain NUS students. UPIU (Singapore) Jan 12   

Laura D: The student who became a prostitute. Sunday Times March 17  

Varsity Students Besiege Lagos For Prostitution. Online Nigeria April 15  

Students Fight Prostitution in Ukraine. Spiegel July 30  

The other belles de nos jours. Sunday Times November 22  

2010

Lizzy Hill: The Student Body. The Coast Sept 2  

Students selling sex to fund studies. Scotsman Dec 16  

 

 

Research

Ron Roberts: Mental physical health in students Br J Health Psych 2000 (abstract)

Suzanne Jenkins: Students and the sex industry: Is financial hardship turning students into sex workers? Thesis Keele 2006 (Word)

Sarah Lantz. Sex Work & Study. Traffic 2004 (abstract)

(html)

Roberts et al. UK students and sex work: current knowledge and research issues. J Com Appl Soc Psychol 2007 (abstract)   

Kruger: Young Adults Attempt Exchanges in Reproductively Relevant Currencies. Evol Psychol 2008 (pdf)   

 

Roberts et al. Sex work and students: an exploratory study. J Furth High Educ 2007 (abstract)     

 

Cusick et al. Higher education policies on commercial sex JHEPM 2009 (abstract)

THE commentary May 7 2009

 

Roberts et al. Participation in sex work: Students' views. Sex Education 2010 (abstract)

Media

Students working in sex trade increases over 10 years. BBC March 16th 2010

Students share their experiences of sex trade. BBC March 16

Debate sheds light on students in sex work. Straights Times April 29 2010  

 

Prostitution among students: an international comparison 2011 

Media

Sex-Job neben Uni für viele Studierende vorstellbar. Rockefeller News May 17

Studentenjob: Prostitutierte. Süddeutschen Zeitung May 18 

Red lights aflame as European students opt for sex work. Deutsche Welle May 20

Nebenjob: Callboy. Unispiegel July 11 

Commentary

Elena Pinnen: Student Prostitution Rates Shock Germany July 2 2011

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: http://myweb.dal.ca/mgoodyea/images/newsm.jpg

 

Commentary

Laura Agustin: Student sex workers  Dec 17 2009

 

Representation of Sex Work in the Arts

Francesca Clare Rayner: Prostitution as theatrical metaphor (pdf)

(PhD Thesis Universidade do Minho 2004. Chapter 6)


Other Related Feminist Literature

Feminism

Thomas: The double standard. J Hist Ideas 1959

Hall: Hauling down the double standard. Gend Hist 2004

 

Feminist Criminology

Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC)

Hatty: Women, dependence and the law. 1991

Hatty, Davis & Burke: No exit - violence, gender and the streets. 1994

Elias: Paradigms and paradoxes of victimology. 1996

Lloyd and D'Cunha (Unifem): Mainstreaming gender and rights into police and criminal justice systems. 2002

Green and Pearce: The criminalisation of women. 2002

Willis and Rushforth: The female criminal - an overview of women's drug use and offending behaviour. 2003

 

Feminist Legal Studies

Symposium: Decriminalizing Prostitution: Liberalization or Dehumanization. Cardozo Women's LJ 1993-4 (abstract)

Carlin Meyer (abstract)

 

Sheila Duncan: Towards a theory of sexuality and the law. Fem Leg Stud 1994 (pdf)

 

Regulating Sex/Work: from Crime Control to Neo-liberalism? Special Issue Journal of Law and Society March 2010

 

Women who Pay for Sex

Finally, women can pay for sex too! Salon November 17 2005     

I pay a man for regular sex. Times December 5 2007

Confessions of a thirty-something career girl who pays for a male escort. Daily Mail November 22 2007     

Dal film alla realtà: donne mature alla ricerca di sesso a pagamento. Corriere della Sera Oct 5 2008

Tempted to hire a male escort. Sunday Times May 17 2008

Women who pay for sex BBC February 2009

Paying for sex: The services of a male escort. BBC Women's Hour March 3 2009 (audio)

Tyra Banks: Would you hire a male escort? December 8 2009  

Monica Shores. Why Would a Woman Pay for Sex? AlterNet April 19 2010

Why women are starting to pay for sex. May 10 2010

 

Can a woman pay for sex? Health Guidance  

Human Rights

Laura Reanda. Prostitution as a human rights question HRQ 1991 (abstract) 

Anne Gallagher: Violence against women and women's human rights. AIC 2002


Religion

 

Vincent M. Dever. Aquinas on the Practice of Prostitution. Essays in Mediaeval Studies 1996 

 

Curricula

U California, Berkeley: Sociology 190.003 Governing loose women - Social control of prostitution (pdf)

Indiana: J300 Historical perspectives on prostitution

Leeds: History 3711 The social history of deviance

Queens (Ontario) WS21 - Gendering Opportunities - Women's Work (pdf)

California College of the Arts Prostitution: Gender, sexuality, labor, and politics  

 

Main Menu

 

Site Map


Last updated: March 1, 2013

 

 

Dr Michael Goodyear, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada

For any problems, please contact: mgoodyear@dal.ca