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Not For Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution And Pornography
Christine Stark & Rebecca Whisnant (eds.)
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A 1985 Canadian report on the sex industry in that country reported that women in prostitution suffer a mortality-rate forty times the national average. –Sheila Jeffreys

As an activist, I explain that I’m not against sex and nudity but that women do more than just have sex … whether it’s Vogue, or pornography or beer ads – the message is that women get power through our sexuality and this is how women excel. –Ann Simonton

Fundamentally, the baseline for human governance – now and in the future – must be whether any society takes seriously what happens when someone is harmed so that someone else can have ‘sex’. –John Stoltenberg

This international anthology brings together research, heartbreaking personal stories from survivors of the sex industry, and theory from over thirty women and men – activists, survivors, academics and journalists. Not For Sale is groundbreaking in its breadth, analysis and honesty.

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We've needed a current reminder that feminist resistance to systems of prostitution and pornography is still happening and resonating in audible and fervent ways. Such a need has been met with [this] anthology. Not for Sale offers an eclectic range of voices and writings that challenge and contest the normalization of the sex industry. Not for Sale is a must read for all — from long-standing radical feminists to those just coming into their feminist consciousness.

Garine Roubinian, Rain and Thunder

'The range and quality of the articles makes Not For Sale a must read for anyone seeking to understand the opposition to prostitution.'

Maurice Hamington, NWSA Journal

'Stark and Whisnant have put together an impressive array of experiences across race and culture and economic status, which makes the essays fresh…Not For Sale can be read as an introduction to feminist politics as well as an advanced theoretical discourse because the truth is simple and breaking down one wall means that there is more to see and think about and build together.'

Laura Newland, Off Our Backs

Table of Contents



Permissions x

Rebecca Whisnant and Christine Stark Introduction xi

Part One

Understanding systems of prostitution

Joe Parker How prostitution works 3

Rebecca Whisnant Confronting pornography: Some conceptual basics 15

Robert Jensen Blow bangs and cluster bombs: The cruelty of men and Americans 28

Donna Hughes The use of new communication technologies for sexual exploitation of women and children 38

Taylor Lee In and out: A survivor’s memoir of stripping 56

Seiya Morita Pornography, prostitution, and women’s human rights in Japan 64

Vednita Carter Prostitution and the new slavery 85

Gail Dines King Kong and the white woman: Hustler magazine and the demonization of black masculinity 89

Chong Kim Nobody’s concubine 102

Melissa Farley and Jacqueline Lynne Prostitution in Vancouver: Pimping women and the colonization of first nations 106

Samantha Emery The journey home: An interview 131

Andrea Dworkin Pornography, prostitution, and a beautiful and tragic recent history 137


Part Two

Resisting the sexual new world order

D.A. Clarke Prostitution for everyone: Feminism, globalisation and the ‘sex’ industry 149

Joyce Wu Left Labor in bed with the sex industry 206

Lee Lakeman, Alice Lee and Suzanne Jay Resisting the promotion of prostitution in Canada: A view from the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter 210

Mary Lucille Sullivan Can prostitution be safe?: Applying occupational health and safety codes to Australia’s legalised brothel prostitution 252

Adriene Sere Sex and feminism: Who is being silenced? 269

Kirsten Anderberg No more ‘Porn Nights’ 275

Christine Stark Girls to boyz: Sex radical women promoting prostitution, pornography, and sadomasochism 278


Part Three

Surviving, conceiving, confronting

Margaret A. Baldwin Strategies of connection: prostitution and feminist politics 295

Sherry Lee Short Making hay while the sun shines: The dynamics of strip clubs in the Upper Midwest and the community response 306

Rus Ervin Funk What does pornography say about me(n)?: How I became an anti-pornography activist 331

Ann Simonton and Carol Smith Who are women in pornography?: A conversation 352

Jane Caputi Cuntspeak: Words from the heart of darkness 362

Sheila Jeffreys Prostitution as a harmful cultural practice 386

John Stoltenberg Pornography and international human rights 400

Carol Davis Against their will: Nepal’s activist theatre fights girl-trafficking 410

Leslie R. Wolfe Fighting the war against sexual trafficking of women and girls 419


List of contributors 427

Index 433

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