A Vindication of the Rights of Whores

Edited by Gail Pheterson

The centerpiece of this book is the World Whore Conferences. Although theirs is often called “the world’s oldest profession,” it is not often that these “professionals” are taken this seriously or afforded such an opportunity to articulate their views. The book begins with a history of prostitute rights organizations which overlaps with many feminist issues, then describes the setting and logistics of the conference. The majority of the book is a series of fascinating first-person narratives which touch on everything from health concerns to socially generated stigmas. Ultimately it is the politics surrounding sex that gets diverse and bizarre, as sex itself is pretty universal. This context of the book affords a close examination of those politics and the basic assumptions about them. SA

Publisher: Seal
Paperback: 297 pages