Sex workers are not uncommon "objects" of study for academics and policy makers. Policies that impact sex work and theories about the lives of sex workers are often developed without sex workers' input and may reinforce existing stigma. Fieldwork studies on the topic are rare, as are perceptions that sex workers are capable of their own analyses of the social and political world in which they work. Leslie Ann Jeffrey and Gayle MacDonald interview sex workers in three Maritime cities and those who work around them: police, health-care providers, community workers/advocates, members of neighbourhood associations, and politicians. Perceptions and analyses of violence and safety, health and risk, politics and policy, media influence, and the public are presented through the words of sex workers and contrast sharply with commonly held opinions.
Leslie Ann Jeffrey is an associate professor in the Department of History and Politics, University of New Brunswick, Saint John. She is the author of Sex and Borders: Gender, National Identity, and Prostitution Policy in Thailand. Gayle MacDonald is a professor in the Department of Sociology at St. Thomas University. She is the editor of Feminism, Law, Inclusion: Intersectionality in Action and co-editor of Feminism, Law, Inclusion: Intersectionality in Action.
Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1 It's the Money, Honey 2 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 3 Social Control, Policing, and Sex Work 4 The Whore Stigma and the Media 5 hose Health? Whose Safety? 6 Sex and Politics: Responding to Sex Workers Notes Bibliography Index