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READ ☆ Sex Workers Unite ´ A provocative history that reveals how sex workers have been at the vanguard of social justice movements for the past fifty years while building a movement of their own that challenges our ideas about labor sexuality feminism and freedom  Documenting five decades of sex worker activism Sex Workers Unite is a fresh history thatPless victims in need of rescue   Even before transgender sex worker Sylvia Rivera threw a brick and sparked the Stonewall Riot in 1969 these trailblazing activists and allies challenged criminal sex laws and “whorephobia” and were active in struggles for gay liberation women’s rights reproductive justice union organizing and prison abolition   Although the multibillion dollar international sex industry thrives the United States remains one of the few industrialized nations that continues to criminalize prostitution and these discriminatory laws put workers at risk In response sex workers have organized to improve. Didn’t finish I picked it up because this is a topic I’d like to learn about While very well researched I found the lack of personal narratives and detached objective tone hard to get engaged in So perhaps this is of an “intermediate” level reading on the subject The history and details while interesting weren’t able to “latch” onto an already existing internal framework for me to truly get the learning and insights I was hoping for Maybe I can come back to it some day If anyone has any recommendations on this topic I would welcome it

Melinda Chateauvert ¸ 1 READ

Their working conditions and to challenge police and structural violence Through individual confrontations and collective campaigns they have pushed the boundaries of conventional organizing called for decriminalization and have reframed sex workers’ rights as human rights  Telling stories of sex workers from the frontlines of the 1970s sex wars to the modern day streets of SlutWalk Chateauvert illuminates an underrepresented movement introducing skilled activists who have organized a global campaign for self determination and sexual freedom that is as multifaceted as the sex industry and as diverse as human sexuality?. I received Sex Workers Unite for free in a Goodreads giveaway and I’m really grateful that I did Despite the provocative title it was well researched useful for both casual readers like myself and serious academics Gloria Steinem once wrote that we should listen to people not paper and Chateauvert does just that Instead of talking about sex workers she talks to them delivering their words right to the readers She discusses the absence of sex workers in the civil rights movements in feminist politics in the gay rights movement and in our societal discourse in general Sex workers are talked about talked down to and even as we demand their services shamed for existingWith a passionate tone Chateauvert sets out to provide examples for activists and confront the stereotypes and stigmas about sex work Unfortunately the examples that Chateauvert provides don’t provide a clear map for making sex workers’ lives better as she would have hoped but they do show readers where to start by listening to the workers themselves Her work highlights the resilience and self care that has kept sex workers alive and fighting stronger than society gives them credit for Sex Workers Unite is a fascinating read and one that leaves you reconsidering every preconceived notion you had about sex work that you ever had

CHARACTERS Õ MONEYEXPRESSCARD.CO.UK ¸ Melinda Chateauvert

Sex Workers UniteA provocative history that reveals how sex workers have been at the vanguard of social justice movements for the past fifty years while building a movement of their own that challenges our ideas about labor sexuality feminism and freedom  Documenting five decades of sex worker activism Sex Workers Unite is a fresh history that places prostitutes hustlers escorts call girls strippers and porn stars in the center of America’s major civil rights struggles Although their presence has largely been ignored and obscured in this provocative history Melinda Chateauvert recasts sex workers as savvy political organizers not as hel. I for one was not expecting that I would be uoted in the book's final paragraph but it was a delightful surprise Enough about me Chateauvert charts the course of the American sex workers' rights movement Along the way Chateauvert helpfully provides not only historical context but details how activists worked how they won and what can be learned from their failures The book ends in 2012 right before the rise of digital censorship based attacks on sex workers' lives and incomes which have resulted in the harmful SESTA FOSTA legislation that activists today are fighting against a subject that begs to be written about in depth by whoever next takes up the role of sex work activism historian