Prostitution and Beyond is an edited volume that discusses a spectrum of issues that are pertinent to sex workers in India. These issues have been dealt with on various research platforms before. By collectively presenting these diverse research conclusions, this volume explores the broader interconnectivity of issues that affect women in prostitution. Its objective is to reach a wider audience consisting of both women who are initiated, and those as yet uninitiated into prostitution. This volume takes on the responsibility of countering the negativity that has come to be indelibly associated with any mention of sex workers. This is reflected in the construction of the sections and the choice of papers, group discussions, interviews and commentaries included in this volume. Throughout its four sections of feminist discourse, ethnographic studies, socio-economic legal-health frameworks and cultural reflections, this book draws on the experiences of academicians, activists, researchers and scholars with varied backgrounds.

Surfacing Voices from the Underground

Surfacing Voices from the Underground

Surfacing voices from the underground

Working with women in prostitution and sex work over the past eight years in the HIV/AIDS prevention programme has made us to address our own double standards and bias while dealing with issues related to sexuality and prostitution. This journey with sex workers has been consumed with discussions on sex, love, multiple sex partners and the discomfort with sex as just a physical activity that can be an act of pleasure, devoid of love. The push to unravel concepts of sexual morality, sexual sacredness, sexual pleasures, sexual preferences, sexual diversity, sexual health and sexual rights has gradually emerged to become an important piece of the puzzle of life.

Unfortunately, this obsession with issues of sexuality is considered ...

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