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Sex and Stigma – Stories of Everyday Life in Nevada's Legal Brothels - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Sex and Stigma: Stories of Everyday Life in Nevada's Legal Brothels

Sarah Jane Blithe, Anna Wiederhold Wolfe, and Breanna Mohr


Wrapped in moral judgments about sexual conduct and shrouded in titillating intrigue, legal prostitutes in Nevada’s brothels frequently face oppression and unfair labor practices while managing stigma and isolation associated with their occupational identities. Rooted in organizational communication and feminist theories, this book engages with stories of women living and working in these “hidden” organizations to interrogate issues related to labor rights, stigma, secrecy, privacy, and discrimination in the current legal brothel system. Widespread beliefs about the immorality of selling sexua ... More

Keywords: Brothels, Prostitution, Sex work, Hidden organizations, Dirty work, Stigma, Ethnographic methods, Labor discrimination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479859290
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479859290.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Jane Blithe, author
University of Nevada, Reno

Anna Wiederhold Wolfe, author
Texas A&M University

Breanna Mohr, author
University of Nevada, Reno