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Summer is here and we're reading 'REVOLTING PROSTITUTES: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights' by Juno Mac and Molly Smith. Join us for a conversation about the book and the issues it raises at 1:30pm, Sunday, August 2 on Zoom.
The organizer will email members who RSPV'd the morning of the meeting with the zoom link. We recommend you use AirPods or earbuds with a microphone, or a headset.
Verso Books: https://www.versobooks.com/books/3039-revolting-prostitutes
In Revolting Prostitutes, sex workers Juno Mac and Molly Smith bring a fresh perspective to questions that have long been contentious. Speaking from a growing global sex worker rights movement, and situating their argument firmly within wider questions of migration, work, feminism, and resistance to white supremacy, they make clear that anyone committed to working towards justice and freedom should be in support of the sex worker rights movement.
“Revolting Prostitutes situates questions about sex work in contemporary life in the context of labor rights, white supremacy, critique of police and the global sex workers’ rights movement. As sex workers face increasing legal threats and decreased safety in the US, it’s a more urgent read than ever.”
“Revolting Prostitutes is a thrilling and formidable intervention into contemporary discussions of sex work, and settles the debate in favor of full and immediate global decriminalization. It does so without insisting that there is nothing troubling about sex work: about the psychosexual forces that lead men to buy it, or the economic forces that compel women to sell it. ... It is a model of how to write about politics — or, indeed, anything.”
– Amia Srinivasan, The Chronicle of Higher Education