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Tricks and Treats: Sex Workers Write About Their Clients (Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies) Hardcover – March 27, 2000


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  • Series: Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 27, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789007037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789007032
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,018,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A WHORE, THIS BOOK GIVES YOU THE EXPERIENCE. It's so authentic and so well written. . . that I felt like I was back in the business." -- Annie Sprinkle, Prostitute/Porn Star turned Sex Guru/Artist, Sausalito, California

"Other people's sex lives are always interesting-we all love to hear the dirt-but the sex lives of professional escorts are more interesting than most. Tricks and Treats is full of wonderful, often hilarious, sometimes touching stories." -- Dan Savage, Author/Columnist

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Take a real-life look into the gritty world of sex workers!

More About the Author

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is most recently the editor of Why Are Faggots so Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform (AK Press 2012), and the author of So Many Ways to Sleep Badly (City Lights 2008). Mattilda is the editor of Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity (Seal 2007) and an expanded second edition of That's Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation (Soft Skull 2008). She's also the author of Pulling Taffy (Suspect Thoughts 2003), and the editor of Dangerous Families: Queer Writing on Surviving (Haworth 2004; now Routledge) and Tricks and Treats: Sex Workers Write About Their Clients (Haworth 2000; now Routledge).

Sycamore's first memoir, The End of San Francisco, will be published by City Lights in April 2013.

Mattilda's home page is mattildabernsteinsycamore.com, which includes a delicious blog.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Hanssen on June 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a very different book about sex workers. It's a very enlightening and sometimes very shocking collections of narratives from male, female (Gay & Heterosexual),and Transgendered sex workers. Matt Sycamore has done an excellent job as editor in bringing together all of these diverse stories. I really enjoyed "In Love With My Work" by Scott O'Hara, a well known porn star and author who died in 1998. "A Completed Business" by Tony Valenzuela is an engaging read in regards to his family history, his mother and fathers relationship, and how he became a high-price homosexual prostitute. A heartfelt and loving story.
All these testimonials by different, yet so alike, sex workers, will surely keep you reading right through to the end of the book, and wishing for more. I read it in one day. A book I highly recommend for anyone with an interest in this area or just if you're curious to learn what its like to be a sex worker from the sex worker's perspective.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Loren w Christensen VINE VOICE on November 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
Very real expose of what happens in the sex industry. No ten dollars words to describe the gritty world of prostitution. You will have a good grasp of what goes on in the business. Highly recommended.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Erbschloe on June 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Tricks and Treats is insightful, entertaining, and open about the sex business. We are grateful that an author finally tackled the business of sex with such frankness and candor. We highly recommend it to everyone that is working to gain a clearer understanding of this booming business.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
Tricks and Treats is certainly an interesting set of essays. Having worked in the profession myself, I was surprised at how badly the clients were portrayed. Most of them were on drugs, and more than a few were... well, let's just say screwy at best.
This being said, many of the essays in the book were thought-provoking and insightful. Just don't read them expecting to find any sort of glamour in the profession. There are a lot of upsides to escorting, but this book fails to cover them.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is one of those rare rare books that leaves you no choice but to resort to such overused superlatives as GROUNDBREAKING, SEMINAL, COMPELLING, VITAL. All the recent "My Life as a Hustler" books are so much stale beer, if you ask me (not that I dislike stale beer). But this book is the hard stuff. It will make you shudder, howl, nod your head excessively, ache. For anyone who has ever been on either side of sex work, or has ever thought about it. Or ever cared.
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