Of Victims And Vixens--The Feminist Clash Over Prostitution - by Angela Bonavoglia
In the wake of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s stunning fall from grace in March 2008 for spending some $80,000 on call girls, prostitution has come way out of the closet.
• Art by Tiana Markova-Gold
Feminist Divisions Cause Real-World Repercussions - by Juhu Thukral
The idea of sex workers fighting for their human rights is a foreign concept to most people, even those who identify politically as progressives or feminists. •With Video
Stop the Traffick: Stiffening State Laws Helps Trapped Women - by Sonia Ossorio
I know a woman from South America who spent her first night in the Big Apple in a brothel overlooking Roosevelt Avenue in Queens.
Religious Repugnance Obscures Need for Sex Work Decriminalization - by Rita Nakashima Brock
In the mid-1990s, Asian feminists concerned about the sexual exploitation of children and women and the growing epidemic of HIV/AIDS urged Susan Thistlethwaite and me to write a book about the sex industry.
“It’s Not TV, Its Sexploitation”
Protest Against Home Box Office - by Norma Ramos
HBO advertises the Cathouse DVD this way: If you've got a credit card, it's all there for the asking at Nevada's Moonlite Bunny Ranch.
Nothing About Us, Without Us - by Ann Jordan
Scores of women in Cambodia were rounded up and held in detention where they report being robbed, beaten and gang raped. •With Video
Does Working Girls Still Work? - by Ariel Dougherty
Working Girls is a classic film on sex work, which many professors report using in college courses for discussion purposes. •With Video
From the Publisher: Divide, Conquer and Sell - by Merle Hoffman
I learned very early about the use of my sexuality and the power it had...
Female Orgasm Today: The Hite Report's Research Then and Now - by Shere Hite
"I always wanted to have orgasm during intercourse with him -- seems like the impossible dream."
On the Frontline of Sex Wars - by Carol Leigh
Prostitutes are "the only street fighters we've got," wrote radical feminist Ti-Grace Atkinson in her 1974 book, Amazon Odyssey. •With Video
Naked Truth: Reality and Fantasy Are (Stripper) Poles Apart - by Bernadette Barton
Every semester I assign my undergraduate students in my gender and sexuality courses a class project on the media.
The Art Perspective- by Linda Stein
Suzanne Lacy's 1974 Project on Prostitution
The Poet's Eye - Poems by Minnie Bruce Pratt and Erin Whitfield
Two Views - The lingering aftereffects of prostitution
• Art by Audrey Anastasi
Theater Arts - by Alexis Greene
“RUINED” by Lynn Nottage Links War, Horror and Prostitution, a Preview
©Lynn Nottage: "Ruined"
From the On The Issues Print Archive
Pimping: The World's Oldest Profession
by Kathleen Barry
On The Issues Magazine
Across nation-states, pimping, "living off the earnings of a prostitute," is illegal. But proprostitution movements in the West now propose to decriminalize pimping so that pimps can be treated as lovers or husbands, not enslavers of prostitute women. But it is a fact of prostitution that once a woman "tricks" for a man, she is never again not his "whore." He thinks of her as such, whether or not he is otherwise known to her as husband, lover, brother or father. -READ FULL STORY-
Sex Work and Prostitution -- Beholders See Different Issues In Past Stories
by Mary Lou Greenberg
Women and sex -- for pleasure, for money, as an oppression, as a profession -- is a theme found throughout the print life (1983-1999) of On The Issues Magazine.
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The Love of Strangers by Merle Hoffman
"She Had a Heartbeat Too" The Tragic Death of Savita Halappanavar in an Irish Hospital by Ann Rossiter
First Irish Abortion Clinic Opens Amid Controversy, Threats and Confusion by Caelainn Hogan
Forty Years After Roe V Wade, Getting an Abortion is Still a Major Challenge by Eleanor J. Bader
It's Up to Us to Defend Abortion Rights by Mary Lou Greenberg
Back and Forth by Judith Arcana
The Poet's Eye: Curated by Judith Arcana
Suggested Reading by Anna Platt and the Feminist Press
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