From slave to sex worker. Feminist debates and prostitution politics in the Netherlands 1880-2000

Petra de Vries, From Slave to Sex Worker.Feminist Debates and Prostitution Politics in the Netherlands, 1880–2000, in: L’Homme, 2010. 

ABSTRACT

Today’s approach to prostitution in the Netherlands reflects the currency of the concept of “agency” advocated by feminists since the 1980s. Yet while defining prostitution as “sex work” implies entitlements, it also glosses over gendered inequality, writes Petra de Vries. Can the abolitionist arguments of the nineteenth century provide the basis for an alternative?

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