Live Sex Acts: Women Performing Erotic Labor

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Drawing on more than fifty interviews in both the US and the Netherlands, Wendy Chapkis captures the wide-ranging experiences of women performing erotic labor and offers a complex, multi-faceted depiction of sex work. Her expansive analytic perspective encompasses both a serious examination of international prostitution policy as well as hands-on accounts of contemporary commercial sexual practices. Scholarly, but never simply academic, this book is explicitly grounded in a concern for how competing political discourses work concretely in the world–to frame policy and define perceptions of AIDS, to mobilize women into opposing camps, to silence some agendas and to promote others.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (December 21, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415912881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415912884
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Must have

One person found this helpful.
 on May 30, 2014
By shay
This book is a must have in this field. Chapkis brings in many personal accounts of sex work. She presents many different perspectives, including her own.

Very interesting

One person found this helpful.
 on February 13, 2013
By Charlie
Needed it for a class, and I loved it. I’m deciding to keep it, because I want to keep reading it.

Expanding the Conceptions of Sex Work

30 people found this helpful.
 on December 3, 1999
By danielle egan
Chapkis in her book “Live Sex Acts: Women Performing Erotic Labour” does an excellent job exploring the often complex experiences of women who perform erotic labor. She gives a careful and sensitive analysis, not falling into the trap of romanticisng their lives or disregarding their experiences. This is a truly excellent book. Which is theoretically complex and includes women’s experiences in their own words. I loved it.

As an ex sex worker myself, I found this …

 on September 16, 2017
By Amazon Customer
As an ex sex worker myself, I found this book to be incredibly honest and unbiased. This is one of the few books on the subject that aims to tell the truth instead of picking sides (pro or anti prostitution/sex work). Regardless of how long ago it was published, Live Sex Acts is timeless and educational. If nothing else, the parts that are “outdated” serve as history lessons. I examined my own bias and opinions regarding sex work while reading this book. That, to me, indicates that the author has done her job well.

Sensitive, provocative and fascinating

26 people found this helpful.
 on May 19, 2001
I LOVED this book! I’ve been in the sex trade ever since college, and found the book to be absolutely insightful and fascinating. It is NOT a “a suger-coated [sic] way of talking about prostitution”, but a very accurate representation of the business–at least for those among us who choose to be empowered rather than exploited. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone considering entering the sex trade, or to anyone curious about the reality of sex work.

Finally, A Book That Represents Both Sides of the Debate

13 people found this helpful.
 on April 2, 2002
The intro to this book presents a clear, concise account of contemporary feminist perspectives on sex work, ranging from the adamantly anti to the decidedly pro (no pun intended). Likewise, the essays inside represent an equally broad range of views and experiences from women in nearly every facet of the sex industry, proving once and for all that sex work is neither inherently degrading nor inherently empowering.

EXCELLENT

8 people found this helpful.
 on August 9, 2000
By AleasureEveMagdalene
I rate this book as excellent for someone who seeks to work in the sex business who also wants to understand the negative and positive attributes of this business – as it relates to adult entertainment. Also excellent as an objective portrait of this business in general.

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