Black cover with an image of a man holding a wallet full of credit cards and dollars. It reads "A corageous book that grapples with a profound contradiction at the center of feminism" - Janice Raymond (quote) by Spinifex Press

The Idea of Prostitution

Sheila Jeffreys – 1997

Sheila Jeffreys explodes the distinction between “forced” and “free” prostitution, and documents the expanding international traffic in women. She examines the claims of the prostitutes’ rights movement and the sex industry, while supporting prostituted women. Her argument is threefold: the sex of prostitution is not just sex; the work of prostitution is not ordinary work; and prostitution is a ‘choice’ not for the prostituted women, but for the men who abuse them.

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