Selling Sex

Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada

Edited by Emily van der Meulen, Elya M. Durisin, and Victoria Love

  • Published: February 2014
  • Subject Listing: Sociology
  • Bibliographic information: 364 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: Usa Only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Despite being dubbed "the world's oldest profession," prostitution has rarely been viewed as a legitimate form of labor. Instead, it is often criminalized, sensationalized, and polemicized. In Selling Sex, Emily van der Meulen, Elya Durisin, and Victoria Love present a more nuanced view of the sex industry. They bring together a vast collection of voices - including feminists, researchers, advocates, and sex workers of every stripe - to challenge dominant narratives surrounding sex work. Presenting a variety of perspectives on such diverse topics as social stigma, police violence, labor organizing, and human trafficking, Selling Sex is an eye-opening, challenging, and necessary book.
Emily van der Meulen is an assistant professor inthe Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at RyersonUniversity. Elya M. Durisin is a doctoral candidate inthe Department of Political Science at York University.Victoria Love is a sex worker, activist, and member ofMaggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project.Contributors: Joyce Arthur, Cheryl Auger, StevenBittle, Chris Bruckert, Jenn Clamen, Deborah Clipperton, Anna-LouiseCrago, Susan Davis, Jane Doe, Tor Fletcher, Kara Gillies, MichaelGoodyear, Stacey Hannem, Sarah Hunt, JJ, Leslie Ann Jeffrey, TuuliaLaw, Annalee Lepp, Jacqueline Lewis, John Lowman, Gayle MacDonald,Karolyn Martin, Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, River Redwood, Rene Ross,Trish Salah, Esther Shannon, Frances M. Shaver, Mariana Valverde, andAlan Young

"Selling Sex avoids the sensationalism favoured by other books on the subject and presents a wide range of perspectives to produce a timely and balanced account of an important issue."
-Meredith Ralston, Professor of Women's Studies and Political Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University, and documentary filmmaker of Hope in Heaven
Introduction / Emily van der Meulen, Elya M. Durisin, and Victoria Love

Part 1: Realities, Experiences, and Perspectives
1. Work, Sex, or Theatre? A Brief History of Toronto Strippers and Sex Work Identity / Deborah Clipperton

2. Myths and Realities of Male Sex Work: A Personal Perspective / River Redwood

3. Champagne, Strawberries, and Truck-Stop Motels: On Subjectivity and Sex Work / Victoria Love

4. Trans Sex Workers: Negotiating Sex, Gender, and Non-Normative Desire / Tor Fletcher

5. We Speak for Ourselves: Anti-Colonial and Self-Determined Responses to Young People Involved in the Sex Trade / JJ

6. Decolonizing Sex Work: Developing an Intersectional Indigenous Approach / Sarah Hunt

7. Transitioning Out of Sex Work: Exploring Sex Workers' Experiences and Perspectives / Tuulia Law

Part 2: Organizing and Social Change
8. Working for Change: Sex Workers in the Union Struggle / Jenn Clamen, Kara Gillies, and Trish Salah

9. Overcoming Challenges: Vancouver's Sex Worker Movement / Joyce Arthur, Susan Davis, and Esther Shannon

10. Né dans le Redlight: The Sex Workers' Movement in Montreal / Anna-Louise Crago and Jenn Clamen

11. Stepping All Over the Stones: Negotiating Feminism and Harm Reduction in Halifax / Gayle MacDonald, Leslie Ann Jeffrey, Karolyn Martin, and Rene Ross

12. Are Feminists Leaving Women Behind? The Casting of Sexually Assaulted and Sex-Working Women / Jane Doe

13. Going 'round Again: The Persistence of Prostitution-Related Stigma / Jacqueline Lewis, Frances M. Shaver, and Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale

Part 3: The Politics of Regulation
14. Regulating Women's Sexuality: Social Movements and Internal Exclusion / Michael Goodyear and Cheryl Auger

15. Crown Expert-Witness Testimony in Bedford v. Canada: Evidence-Based Argument or Victim-Paradigm Hyperbole? / John

16. Repeat Performance? Human Trafficking and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games / Annalee Lepp

17. A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Canadian Anti-Pimping Law and How It Harms Sex Workers / Kara Gillies

18. Still Punishing to "Protect": Youth Prostitution Law and Policy Reform / Steven Bittle

19. To Serve and Protect? Structural Stigma, Social Profiling, and the Abuse of Police Power in Ottawa / Chris Bruckert and Stacey

20. Beyond the Criminal Code: Municipal Licensing and Zoning Bylaws / Emily van der Meulen and Mariana Valverde

Afterword / Alan Young