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Debating Sex Work

Jessica Flanigan and Lori Watson


In this “for and against” book Lori Watson argues for a sex equality approach to prostitution in which buyers are criminalized and sellers are decriminalized (the Nordic Model). Jessica Flanigan argues that sex work should be fully decriminalized. Watson defends the Nordic Model on the grounds that prostitution is an exploitative and unequal practice that entrenches existing patterns of gendered injustice. Watson also argues that full decriminalization of prostitution is incompatible with existing occupational health and safety standards and securing worker autonomy and equality. Watson furthe ... More

Keywords: sex work, Nordic Model, decriminalization, legalization, regulation, feminism, public health

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190659882
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190659882.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Flanigan, author
Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law, University of Richmond

Lori Watson, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of San Diego

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Lori Watson and Jessica Flanigan

Part 1 A Sex Equality Approach to Prostitution

Lori Watson

Part 2 In Defense of Decriminalization

Jessica Flanigan

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