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Sex For Sale: Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry [Kindle Edition]

Ronald Weitzer
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  • Print ISBN-10: 041599604X
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0415996044
  • Edition: 2
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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.



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[A] fine collection....The wide ranging studies included make Sex for Sale an important work for sociology....This book would be an excellent supplementary text for sociology courses in deviance or sexuality or for courses within a women's studies curriculum.
Gender and Society, February 2001

About the Author

Ronald Weitzer is Associate Professor of Sociology at George Washington University. His previous books include Policing Under Fire: Ethnic Conflict and Police-Community Relations in Northern Ireland

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  • File Size: 1227 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (September 10, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002J05H70
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32 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some useful information, some less... January 25, 2002
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When I first saw this volume, I thought, "It's about time." While we talk behind closed doors of the sex industry, we seldom discuss it openly except as a joke. At the same time, it appears to be growing! And we pretend that those involved in it are not really human beings, people, in fact, who are trying to make a living. As if they were prisoners, we sequester them and ignore them, pretend they don't exist, except when we need what they offer.
Of course, I had some cynical suspicions. Was this the excuse that some sociologist came up with when his wife caught him? At least that suspicion was quickly abated.
One cannot help but be fascinated by some people in the "sex industry." Who are the people who answer the phones on the sex calls? Why do people get involved in making porn movies? The book covered some of that, how, for example, some of the women who do sex calls aren't as stupid as we'd like to think, how they even get some of their ideological points across while on their calls.
Some of the text, however, I found to be silly. There was some that amounted to fairly boring and pretty meaningless statistics. Some of the rest of the text I found valuable. How many of the street prostitutes are crack or heroin addicts? How many are physically abused by their johns? And others I found offensive. There was an entire essay on a group in Oregon who ostensibly trains street prostitutes to get out of the business. That in itself is commendable. But they use "radical feminist ideology" that offends me. While, for example, the word "victim" has been shunned--replaced with more acceptable terms like "survivor"-- what the women are taught is still no less than their roles as victims.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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the two reviews here are for the 1st edition of Sex For Sale (2000) NOT for the 2nd edition (2010) on this page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those interested in these studies February 8, 2014
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Good variety of topics.
All articles well written by professional sociologists.
Seems well documented.
Recommended if interested on the matter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book November 1, 2011
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very informative book on sex work, takes the reformist approach which is very helpful to those seeking a new and more informed approach
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5.0 out of 5 stars very informative March 21, 2015
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Very informative book. Used it as a reference for a paper I wrote in law school.
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Katherine Frank is a cultural anthropologist (Ph.D. Duke University, 1999) and sex researcher. She is the author of Plays Well in Groups: A Journey Through the World of Group Sex (2013) and G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire (2002), and a co-editor of Flesh for Fantasy: Producing and Consuming Exotic Dance (2006).

Frank has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals--Archives of Sex Research, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Sex Research, Qualitative Inquiry, and Sexualities, for example--and her writing on strip clubs, marriage and monogamy, infidelity, reality television, swinging, sex tourism, eating disorders, and feminism appears in numerous anthologies. She has also published short fiction and non-fiction in magazines ranging from the prestigious Harvard Business Review to Spread Magazine (a publication for and by sex workers).

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