- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: ForeEdge (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611686342
- ISBN-13: 978-1611686340
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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"Getting Screwed takes us behind the beaded curtain to meet the corporate professionals, mothers, grandmothers, and university students who are the real faces of prostitution in America today. They―and Bass―make convincing arguments for decriminalizing the sex trade and shifting attention to those who exploit the underage, engage in human trafficking, and target prostitutes for abuse and violence. Bass’s gripping, clear-eyed look at a marginalized subculture will make you rethink assumptions about what consenting adults do behind closed doors." (Deborah Halber, author of The Skeleton Crew)
"Alison Bass is a master storyteller. In Getting Screwed, she takes us convincingly inside the lives of sex workers. Their stories will make you laugh and maybe even cry, but more important, they will make you angry at the laws which unfairly persecute sex workers. Backed up by extensive research and examination of the facts, the stories of these women are sure to challenge anyone’s views about the sex trade." (Karen Osborn, author of The River Road)
"Getting Screwed sums up the many ways we get shafted by everyone, every day; by the cops, courts, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, politicians, preachers, prostitution abolitionists, radical feminists, academics, and so many others. For them, we are an endless source of revenue, political power, and academic achievement. Ms. Bass’s book serves up a much different portrait of us―that of hearty individuals who are capable of speaking for ourselves and fighting for our rights. As she thoroughly documents, the laws impede our ability to keep ourselves safe, and do nothing for real victims. It isn’t that we mind being screwed; it’s just that we prefer being paid for it." (Norma Jean Almodovar, sex workers activist and author of Cop to Call Girl)
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Bass cites all her sources and as far as I can tell (I'm not a journalist or statistician), the research is thorough, and the conclusions and suggested solutions are completely logical and sane.
Some people write notes at the end of their reviews noting that they were given a book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. That's not the case here. I bought the Kindle edition of this book, and halfway through reading, I bought a copy for my mother. She's read it since then, and while having trouble understanding all the points of view, she enjoyed reading it (I won't try to speak on her behalf and keep this to a single review ;) ).
Even Bass's first book, <i>Side Effects...</i> I never received for free. I've purchased... I think 5 copies of that over the last 9 years. In fact, it might be time for this author to begin sending me free things.
In <i>Getting Screwed</i>, my eyes glazed over a little when I reading sections with a lot of numbers, but I've never been much of a numbers guy, and those parts were few and far between. Some people will appreciate numbers more than me and be able to digest them more easily.
I think I would have liked to read more about the perspective of "Johns", and more interviews with "lower" and "middle class" prostitutes. Though I assume getting interviews for a topic like this would be quite challenging, and probably not necessary.
I'm going to keep things simple and just give this book 5 stars. It will prove to be a valuable reference to future researchers and add to the growing body of human knowledge and understanding. And if the issue of sex work is given the consideration it deserves, will save lives and improve the health of our society.
Think legalizing sex work is about more street walkers? Nope, quite the opposite. It's about indoor work, on their terms not their pimp's. Once it's legal to advertise they won't have to walk the streets. Once it's legal they won't be afraid to go to the police for help. Once it's legal they can afford a few things like rent, food and clothing.
Getting Screwed delves into the history of sex work as well as so many contemporary stories. Those politicians who want to see an end to sex? Yeah, they're probably trying to hide their own behavior by taking it out on those considered lower in society. It's time to raise them up to regular citizenship. No more second class stuff. I remember reading John Steinbeck and nearly all the books I read mention sex work. It wasn't always so puritanical as it is today. Will life be perfect with legalized sex work? Of course not, no job is every perfect. Will it be better? Yes. Mutual sex, mutually agreed upon price, mutual transaction. Rape, assault, theft: still illegal. Now the women will be free to go to the cops rather than getting screwed by them. Cops have to uphold the law, it's their job. So why not make the law change so they can protect these women rather than arresting them?
Great easy read. I dare you.