This proposed book is an anthology of both original and reprinted articles on sexuality from a sociological perspective. The readings in this collection focus on the diverse and multi-layered meanings of sexuality, sexual behaviors and sexual identities. The essays in this book will explore sexuality as a social process. As a whole, the book takes the perspective that what each of us understands to be sexual is constructed through everyday social processes and interaction, situated in particular spaces and moments, identified through our social-sexual presentations, and symbolized through language, objects and practices. The book is organized around these four distinct but interrelated processes, and augmented by personal narratives around relevant issues. The purpose of this book is to broaden students' perspectives on sexuality by providing them with a consistent framework to help them understand sexualities as social phenomena. The authors' goals for the book are: to engage students in the sociological enterprise by providing interesting and insightful entries that emphasize the importance of meaning-making in human sexuality, and to provide them with conceptual tools to understand human sexuality in a complex and quickly-changing sexual landscape.
Chapter 16: The Unfortunate Adventures of a Girl in the Know
The Unfortunate Adventures of a Girl in the Know
EDITORS’ NOTES: A fundamental question, which feminist writers have debated about sex work in general and prostitution in particular, is whether sex workers are entrepreneurs or victims. Writers who hold the first position often identify as “sex-positive feminists” and see sex-related decisions as at least potentially unproblematic, making sex work “an occupational choice among other gendered and discriminated forms of work available to women”(Kissil and Davey 2010:6). Sex-positive feminists may object to the problematizing of prostitution, because it emerges from antisex morality that has functioned to regulate and control women's bodies. Many sex-positive feminists view traditional thinking about prostitution as part ...