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Eine Begleiterin der Menschheit / A Companion of Mankind

Edited By Frank Jacob

Prostitution ist scheinbar genauso alt wie die Menschheit selbst und gilt nicht von ungefähr als das «älteste Gewerbe» überhaupt. Dieser Band versteht sich als interdisziplinäre, chronologisch sowie global umfassende Analyse des Phänomens und bietet dem Fachpublikum und dem interessierten Leser gleichermaßen eine breite Darstellung der Prostitution aus historischer, soziologischer, genderorientierter sowie kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive. Untersucht werden dabei die Rolle von Prostituierten in der Gesellschaft, die Rezeption des Gewerbes per se sowie die Rahmenbedingungen, unter denen sich ein solches etablieren kann.
Prostitution seems to be as old as humanity itself and is consequently not described as the «oldest profession» without cause. This anthology is an interdisciplinary, chronological and regional extensive approach to analyze the phenomenon. It provides a broad historical, sociological, cultural, and gender perspective on prostitution for the academic as well as the interested reader alike. It examines the role of prostitutes in society, the reception of the profession per se and the conditions due to which it is established.
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Debates on Prostitution: An Introduction to Feminists Politics and Their Influence Upon International Policy and Practice



It has become somewhat axiomatic in literature on the sex industry to construct sex work as a “trade as old as trade itself”1, with pimping and prostitution described as some of the world’s “oldest professions”.2 Yet while feminist debates about the morality of prostitution and how best to regulate it are certainly not new, the issue appears to have received renewed attention in recent years with many countries reconsidering their policy and practice. Two polarized feminist paradigms thus continue to pervade sex industry discourses, characterized by starkly opposed understandings about the degree to which women’s decisions to work in prostitution are based upon choice or constraint. Broadly speaking, while ‘radical feminists’ tend to argue that prostitution is the epitome of violence against women, ‘liberal feminists’ posit that most sex workers exercise their own free will in their decisions to sell sex. Yet despite liberal feminist advocates finding pockets of support around the globe for their “harm reduction” initiatives, the radical feminist gold standard, the “Swedish Model”, appears at present to be the en vogue model of regulation. Indeed, it found prominent support at the EU level in March 2014, prompted by Mary Honeyball’s proposal to the European Parliament to criminalize the purchase of sex, whilst simultaneously positioning those that sell sex as a victim. Despite emphatic opposition from many activists, support services, scholars and sex workers, the ‘Honeyball Proposal’ culminated in the adoption by 343 votes to 139 of a non-binding resolution.3 Overwhelming...

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