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The industrial vagina : the political economy of the global sex trade

Jeffreys, Sheila.
The industrial vagina : the political economy of the global sex trade / Sheila Jeffreys.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2009.
viii, 244 p. ; 20 cm.
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Uniform series
RIPE series in global political economy.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-235) and index.
  • Introduction: From pimping to a profitable market sector
  • Feminists and the global sex industry : cheerleaders or critics?
  • Marriage and prostitution
  • The international political economy of pornography
  • The strip club boom
  • Military prostitution
  • Prostitution tourism : women as men's leisure
  • Supplying the demand : the traffic in women
  • The state as pimp : legalizing prostitution
  • Conclusion: Rolling back the global sex industry.
"The industrialization of prostitution and the sex trade has created a multibillion-dollar global market, involving millions of women, that makes a substantial contribution to national and global economies. The Industrial Vagina examines how prostitution and other aspects of the sex industry have moved from being small-scale, clandestine, and socially despised practices to become very profitable legitimate market sectors that are being legalized and decriminalized by governments." "Sheila Jeffreys demonstrates how prostitution has been globalized through an examination of: the growth of pornography and its new global reach; the boom in adult shops, strip clubs and escort agencies; military prostitution and sexual violence in war; marriage and the mail order bride industry; and the rise in sex tourism and trafficking in women. She argues that through these practices women's subordination has been outsourced and that states that legalize this industry are acting as pimps, enabling male buyers in countries in which women's equality threatens male dominance, to buy access to the bodies of women from poor countries who are paid for their sexual subservience."--Jacket.
Kinsey subjects
Prostitution. Attitudes on prostitution. Prostitution research. Legalized prostitution. Legal aspects of prostitution.
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