Decriminalization of Sex Work: Feminist Discourses in Light of Research

  title={Decriminalization of Sex Work: Feminist Discourses in Light of Research},
  author={Jacqueline Comte},
  journal={Sexuality \& Culture},
  • J. Comte
  • Published 1 March 2014
  • Sociology, Psychology
  • Sexuality & Culture
Three main ideological stances exist regarding sex work issues: abolitionism, sex-positive feminism, and decriminalization. We argue for decriminalization based on decades of research results. Research on female sex workers is most often done through feminist theory and focus on gender relationships and on the experience of oppression and/or agency. Such studies examine the motivations to do sex work, the experience of being objectified, the stigma related to sex work, and, finally, the impact… 

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