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I Only Do It for the Money: Pornography, Prostitution, and the Business of Sex

Linda LeMoncheck

in Loose Women, Lecherous Men

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780195105568
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852949 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195105568.003.0005
I Only Do It for the Money: Pornography, Prostitution, and the Business of Sex

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Feminists from a variety of theoretical backgrounds target the sex industry as a paradigm of the institutionalized sexual subordination of women. Liberal feminists, who believe women's sexual liberation can be won with women's equal protection under the law, would add that even where prostitution or pornography is legal, it typically remains extremely difficult for sex workers to demand better pay or working conditions or to expose their mistreatment by clients and employers. This chapter describes some of the variety of sex workers and their work and examines what some feminists mean when they say that sex work is degrading to women. It shows how a feminist sexual ethic of care respects that appreciation of the dialectic between gender and sexuality can help feminists and sex workers understand the strengths of each others' positions and find common ground in their efforts to secure the sexual agency and self-definition of all women.

Keywords: sex industry; pornography; prostitution; sex workers; sex work; sexual ethic; gender; sexuality; sexual agency; women

Chapter.  25715 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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