Sex Work Matters brings together sex workers, scholars and activists to present pioneering essays on the economics and sociology of sex work. From insights by sex workers on how they handle money, intimate relationships and daily harassment by the police, to the experience of male and transgender sex work, this fascinating and original book offers new theoretical frameworks for understanding the sex industry.
The result is a vital new contribution to sex-worker rights that explores the topic in new ways, especially its cultural, economic and political dimensions. Readers weary of the sensational and often salacious treatment of the sex industry in the media and literature will find Sex Work Matters refreshing.
Melissa Hope Ditmore is a post-doctoral fellow at NDRI. She has investigated ethics in research, the effects of police raids on sex workers and trafficked persons, and violence against sex workers. She edited the Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work (Greenwood Press, 2006). She is an author on the three reports produced by the Sex Workers Project. Melissa Ditmore has written about sex work, migration and trafficking for The Lancet and SIECUS Report. She is a contributor to Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered (Paradigm, 2005) and The Affective Turn (Duke, 2007.) She has spoken about prostitution, migration rights and research ethics at the United Nations, the International Conference on HIV/AIDS, Columbia University, Cornell University, Hong Kong City University and numerous academic and political conferences. Antonia Levy is a PhD candidate and adjunct lecturer at the City University of New York. Her research interests include political sociology, gender and sexuality, social movements and activism, as well as visual sociology; her thesis focuses on the polyamory movement in Germany and the US. Her work as social justice activist centres around issues related to women's liberation and sexual rights, labour, as well as community media. Currently, she is a member of the PapertigerTV collective and a part-timer organizer for her union, the Professional Staff Congress at CUNY. She has been co-chair of several academic/activist conferences and workshops, including Sex Work Matters: Beyond Divides and the Second Annual Feminist Pedagogy Conference. Alys Willman is a feminist economist specializing in gender, violence and illicit markets. She is the author of "What's Money Got to Do With It? Commercial Sex and Risky Behavior in Managua, Nicaragua", and numerous articles in both academic and grassroots publications. She has produced one documentary, "Mateando en la Gran Manzana," on Argentine immigration to New York. Ms. Willman has worked in a dozen countries throughout Latin America with NGOs, the United Nations and the World Bank. She holds a doctorate in Urban and Public Policy from The New School University in New York.