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Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism Paperback – May 16, 2011
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Her discussion of sex work is particularly frustrating in its underdevelopment. Like many Marx-influenced feminists, she is clearly uncomfortable with the principle of women selling sexual services but believes that those who do so must be decriminalised and protected under labour law. Unfortunately, that's about the extent of her analysis, and there is nothing new in it. The shallowness of her approach to the subject is exemplified by her treatment of those sex workers at the higher end of the scale, whom she first dismisses as bourgeois and irrelevant to the majority of "prostituted women" (a phrase that always makes me cringe, with its agency-denial - which, in another chapter, she is anxious to reject!) and then tries to suggest that even they are, ultimately, victims of capitalism too (after all, why else would a PhD student go into sex work?Read more ›