What's Wrong with Prostitution? Evaluating Sex Work

  title={What's Wrong with Prostitution? Evaluating Sex Work},
  author={Christine Overall},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={705 - 724}
  • C. Overall
  • Published 1 July 1992
  • Economics, Sociology, History
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
T HI S ARTICLE originated from the recognition of two problems concerning the nature, meaning, value, and circumstances of prostitution within capitalist patriarchy. The first of these problems is the apparent conflict between some sex trade workers and many feminists in regard to the acceptability of prostitution. Women who work in the sex trade industry often feel condemned and rejected by many feminist women. One sex worker, for instance, writes resentfully of "the apparently immutable… 
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