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Casting Stones: Prostitution and Liberation in Asia and the United States Paperback – September 23, 1996
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The authors, both Christian feminists, interviewed hundreds of prostitutes and those who would provide them refuge on both sides of the Pacific, and their analysis owes much to Liberation Theology, particularly Korean minjung theology.
"Evil," they write, "should be reconceived as whatever increases human helplessness, reinforces or inflicts pain without a healing purpose, and/or creates separation from relationships of love and nurture. Those three things - helplessness, pain, and separation - define evil as it is experienced by those exploited by the sex industry." It is no surprise, the authors point out, that this particular form of evil trade has taken root in and between the United States and (with the exception of Singapore) the most developed and developing countries of Eastern Asia. "The temptations of market economic theory are to reduce every aspect of human life to its value in the marketplace. .... The way in which certain economic systems contribute to human sin is to institutionalize the lack of care in a society and to make the consequences of this lack of care invisible.Read more ›
Perhaps, most interesting is the information that the authors provided on Asian prositution. The authors, traveled to Asia to research the economic, cultural, and religious reasons behind prositution. An example of some of the topics that are discussed: sex tourism in Asian countries, how young girls are perfered due to the AIDS epidemic, and the mindframe of prositutes which prevents them from leaving prosituition.
It should also be noted that the authors wrote this book from a Christian theologoian perspective, with a sensitivity to other religions and ways of life. This is a very interesting book with a different view of prosituition, and a worthy read.