Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law
Alison BassCloth: $24.95
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|Cloth Publication Date:||10/06/2015|
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|E-book Publication Date:||10/06/2015|
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She makes a strong case for broad decriminalization with limited regulation while assessing the effectiveness of other solutions in place, including brothel-only legalization in Nevada, the temporary loopholes in Rhode Island law, the criminalization of clients in Sweden and Germany, and Canadian laws that prohibited communication about prostitution but not the act itself. The book provides a solid overview of the legal ramifications of sex work, and builds compassion for those at the heart of the issue.
In her book Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law, Bass surveys the history of laws regulating prostitution in America and abroad. In the past and today, Bass finds, sex workers have been marginalized by stigma that portrays them as immoral, dangerous, even diseased figures. But while the stigma hasn’t changed, the laws have-in many cases, from the point of view of the sex worker, for the worse.
Bass . . . shows our current approach to commercial sex in the U.S. is dangerous, disingenuous, and an utter failure. . . . Bass illustrates how ending prohibition on consensual commercial sex between adults could reduce rates of HIV and violence against women while also better serving those who are coerced or forced into selling sex.
With gripping narrative, the book reminds readers that sex workers are just as human as anyone else - only working a job deemed shameful and made dangerous by the very policymakers who pledge to protect all constituents.
--The Artery, WBUR
Alison Bass’s book Getting Screwed opens the door on sex workers and their clients in the United States….Anyone who wants to know exactly what the circumstances of sex work in America look like would do well to begin with this comprehensive and reader-friendly book.
--Auntie Bellum Magazine
ALISON BASS is an award-winning author, journalist, and professor. A long-time medical and science writer for the Boston Globe, Bass now teaches journalism at the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University. Her previous nonfiction book Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial won the National Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society Award in 2009.