Eine Begleiterin der Menschheit / A Companion of Mankind
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.
“Relief for my cock, mind and heart feelin” shit”: Disability and Purchasing Sexual Pleasure and Intimacy
Debates regarding disabled people’s use of sex workers take place both inside and outside of the academy and reach the very heart of disabled people’s emerging sexual politics and their campaigns for sexual citizenship.1 The recent release of Ben Lewin’s Hollywood(ized) blockbuster, The Sessions (2012) – based upon Marc O’Brien’s famous essay in The Sun, “Upon Seeing a Sex Surrogate”2 – has served to affirm commercial sex work as a legitimate form of sexual access for disabled people. For example, the release has instigated dialogues written by, for, and about disabled people around disabled sexualities, sex work and surrogacy3 within global media, online blogospheres and social media spaces.4 However, academic enquiry into the interconnections of disability and commercial sex work remains markedly absent from much disability and sexuality research.5 This is likely because such enquiry may be seen to (re)inscribe disabled sexualities with meanings of deviancy, thus reinforcing existing dis/ableist6 constructions of disabled (specifically, male) ← 77 | 78 → sexualities as inappropriate and perverse.7 However, it can also be explained by the relative little scholarly focus on disability and sexual life more generally within disability studies, where sexuality, intimacy, love and pleasure – disabled people’s sexual politics and histories – have seldom shared same stage as their social and political histories.8
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