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Sex Workers Unite

Sex Workers Unite by Melinda Chateauvert
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Mar 10, 2015 | 272 Pages
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Praise

Sex Workers Unite does the invaluable work of showing us what a responsible and effective movement might look like, centering the voices and strategies of sex workers themselves in order to restore our best future to the realm of the possible.”
Feministing

“[Chateauvert’s] portraits of individual activists and advocacy groups are well drawn, proving that humanization through story, not philosophical debates about personhood and privacy, will win this campaign… Chateauvert makes a strong case that ‘engaging in sexual commerce should not be grounds for disenfranchisement.’”
Publishers Weekly

“The breadth of the material impressively commemorates the movement’s decades long struggle.”
Kirkus Reviews

Sex Workers Unite is path-breaking in its claims about the expansive legacy of sex worker activism, and one hopes it will serve as a starting point for an even more expansive analysis.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“[T]he book makes important contributions to histories of feminism, lgbtq politics, and social movements and clears a path for further studies of these important topics.”
The Journal of American History

“The sheer depth and breadth of study evident in the book ensures its usefulness as a resource. But Sex Workers Unite is much more than a collection of facts and figures, however comprehensive. Chateauvert displays a deft hand with subtle ideas.”
Tits and Sass

“Readers will learn a great deal about contemporary sex workers rights organizing in the United States (and a little bit about Canada) by exploring this book.”
A Kiss for Gabriela

“Chateauvert’s writing is blunt, honest and overwhelmingly liberal. Her dry but positive discussion of sex work and its employees aims to educate the reader. Her mission is to prove that those in the sex work industry are not deviants, addicts or victims. They are people making conscious choices who deserve equal civil rights and legal representation. She wants their stories told, their histories documented, and their allies counted.”
Edge

“This is an important book—not only for understanding the history of the movement but also for debunking myths about sex workers.”
—Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former US surgeon general

“From the movement’s beginning with street-walking cop-fighting trans women at Stonewall at Compton’s Cafeteria through feminist betrayal and the AIDs crisis all the way to today’s sex work activists and artists who make this labor visible, Sex Workers Unite is a fact-driven, street-smart history. This book is crucial.”
—Michelle Tea, author of Valencia

“In this definitive history, Chateauvert recounts the many challenges and successes of the sex workers’ rights movement, and shows us how much farther we  have to go to guarantee everyone’s fundamental rights to sexual privacy and self-determination.”
—Anthony D. Romero, executive director, American Civil Liberties Union

“With a historian’s eye for the illuminating detail and the street fighter’s passion for her cause, Melinda Chateauvert offers a sassy journey through the worlds of ‘Working Girls and Boys,’ black, brown, and white, trans, gay, and straight. Against rescuers and abolitionists, Sex Workers Unite recovers the collective action and labor organizing of sex workers for better conditions, living wages, cultural freedom, and social justice.”
—Eileen Boris, Hull Professor of Feminist Studies, University of California Santa Barbara and co-editor of Intimate Labors: Cultures, Technologies, and the Politics of Care


From the Hardcover edition.

Table Of Contents

CONTENTS
 
INTRODUCTION 1
 
CHAPTER 1
“THE REVOLUTION IS FINALLY HERE!”
Sex Work and Strategic Sex
 
CHAPTER 2
“THOSE FEW CAME ON LIKE GANGBUSTERS”
Prostitution and Sisterhood
 
CHAPTER 3
“MY ASS IS MINE!”
Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics
 
CHAPTER 4
“RESISTING THE VIRUS OF REPRESSION”
Disease Vectors and Sexual Experts
 
CHAPTER 5
“ASSEMBLY-LINE ORGASMS”
Organizing the Sex Market
 
CHAPTER 6
“FUCK THE PIGS!”
Public Sex and Police Violence
 
CHAPTER 7
SLUTS UNITE!
Disrupting Whorephobia and Slut-Shaming
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
NOTES
 
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
INDEX

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