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Loose Women, Lecherous MenA Feminist Philosophy of Sex$
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Linda LeMoncheck

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195105568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195105568.001.0001

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I Only Do It for the Money: Pornography, Prostitution, and the Business of Sex

I Only Do It for the Money: Pornography, Prostitution, and the Business of Sex

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Loose Women, Lecherous Men

Linda LeMoncheck

Oxford University Press

Feminists from a variety of theoretical backgrounds target the sex industry as a paradigm of the institutionalized sexual subordination of women. Liberal feminists, who believe women's sexual liberation can be won with women's equal protection under the law, would add that even where prostitution or pornography is legal, it typically remains extremely difficult for sex workers to demand better pay or working conditions or to expose their mistreatment by clients and employers. This chapter describes some of the variety of sex workers and their work and examines what some feminists mean when they say that sex work is degrading to women. It shows how a feminist sexual ethic of care respects that appreciation of the dialectic between gender and sexuality can help feminists and sex workers understand the strengths of each others' positions and find common ground in their efforts to secure the sexual agency and self-definition of all women.

Keywords:   sex industry, pornography, prostitution, sex workers, sex work, sexual ethic, gender, sexuality, sexual agency, women

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