Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk

Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk

Melinda Chateauvert


A provocative heritage that finds how intercourse staff were on the leading edge of social justice hobbies for the prior fifty years whereas development a move in their personal that demanding situations our principles approximately exertions, sexuality, feminism, and freedom
 
Documenting 5 many years of sex-worker activism, Sex employees Unite is a clean historical past that locations prostitutes, hustlers, escorts, name women, strippers, and porn stars within the heart of America’s significant civil rights struggles. even if their presence has principally been missed and obscured, during this provocative background Melinda Chateauvert recasts intercourse staff as savvy political organizers—not as helpless sufferers short of rescue.
 
Even prior to transgender intercourse employee Sylvia Rivera threw a brick and sparked the Stonewall insurrection in 1969, those trailblazing activists and allies challenged legal intercourse legislation and “whorephobia,” and have been energetic in struggles for homosexual liberation, women’s rights, reproductive justice, union organizing, and legal abolition.
 
even though the multibillion-dollar overseas intercourse prospers, the USA is still one of many few industrialized international locations that maintains to criminalize prostitution, and those discriminatory legislation positioned staff in danger. In reaction, intercourse employees have prepared to enhance their operating stipulations and to problem police and structural violence. via person confrontations and collective campaigns, they have driven the limits of traditional organizing, referred to as for decriminalization, and feature reframed intercourse employees’ rights as human rights.
 
Telling tales of intercourse employees, from the frontlines of the Seventies intercourse wars to the modern day streets of SlutWalk, Chateauvert illuminates an underrepresented move, introducing expert activists who've geared up an international crusade for self-determination and sexual freedom that's as multifaceted because the intercourse and as diversified as human sexuality. 

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