Is a Feminist Stance in Support of Prostitution Possible? An Exploration of Current Trends

Kesler, Kari( 2002): Is a Feminist Stance in Support of Prostitution Possible? An Exploration of Current Trends, in: Sexualities May 2002 vol. 5 no. 2 219-235.

Abstract

Sex work, and prostitution in particular, has long divided feminist thinking. Specifically, much feminist thought seeks to condemn prostitution as a practice and to `save’ individual prostitute women. Many prostitutes do not identify with the feminist movement because they feel feminism is antagonistic towards their way of life. This essay explores current trends in feminist thinking towards prostitution, as well as reporting on some prostitutes’ views of feminism. It puts prostitutes and feminists into dialogue with one another, in order to answer the question – is a feminist stance in support of prostitution possible?

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