Volume 8, Issue 1 (2010) Demystifying Sex Work and Sex WorkersSex workers throughout the world share a uniquely maligned mystique that simultaneously positions them as sexually desirable and socially stigmatized. In order to better understand how these processes function cross-culturally, ‘Demystifying Sex Work and Sex Workers’ combines thirteen articles by scholar-activists and sex workers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico, Thailand, Uganda and the U.S. that focus on the everyday lives of sex workers, broadly defined as those who exchange sexual services for something of value. Papers in this issue locate sex workers as actors and agents despite pervasive social messages and discourses to the contrary.
‘Yeah, he’s my Daddy’: Linguistic Constructions of Fictive Kinships in a Street-Level Sex Work Community
PARENTING AND MONEY MAKING: SEX WORK AND WOMEN’S CHOICES IN URBAN UGANDA
Janet Seeley, Sarah Nakamanya, Heiner Grosskurth, and Flavia Zalwango
Agents or Victims? Youth Sex Workers on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Our Lady of Help: Sex, Tourism and Transnational Movements in Copacabana
Thaddeus Blanchette and Ana Paula Da Silva
Focusing on the child, not the prostitute: shifting the emphasis in accounts of child prostitution
“Some of Them, They Do Right; Some of Them, They Do Wrong”: Moral Ambiguity and the Criteria for Help among Street Sex Workers
Illegal Lives, Loves, and Work: The Effects of Criminalization on Sex Workers in Canada
Emily van der Meulen
Negotiating contradictory expectations: Stories from ‘secret’ sex workers in Andhra Pradesh
Writing sex work online: the case of Belle de Jour
Sex work for the soul
From the Field
Sienna Baskin, Thaddeus Blanchette, Gregory Mitchell, and Jayne Swift
Gender and Health: A Social Movement’s Agenda for Big Pharma
Review of Lydia’s open door: Inside Mexico’s most modern brothel by Patty Kelly, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.
Jenny Heineman and Barbara Brents
Review of Economies of desire: Sex and tourism in Cuba and the Dominican Republic by Amalia Cabezas, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2009.
Review of The dancing girls of Lahore: Selling love and saving dreams in Pakistan’s ancient pleasure district by Louise Brown, London, Harper Perennial, 2009.
Review of What’s money got to do with it? Risky behavior in commercial sex work in Managua, Nicaragua by Alys Willman, Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag, 2009.