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Sex and StigmaStories of Everyday Life in Nevada's Legal Brothels$
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Sarah Jane Blithe, Anna Wiederhold Wolfe, and Breanna Mohr

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479859290

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479859290.001.0001

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Exploring Inequalities and Moral Judgments in Legal Prostitution

(p.1) Introduction
Sex and Stigma

Sarah Jane Blithe

Anna Wiederhold Wolfe

Breanna Mohr

NYU Press

In Chapter 1, the authors argue that legal sex workers in Nevada experience significant oppression and unfair labor practices. They move beyond traditional feminist arguments about whether or not prostitution is a choice to a more nuanced understanding of the complexities of sex work as an occupation. This chapter explains how the book serves as both an updated resource about the laws and policies which guide legal prostitution in Nevada, and also an intimate look at what life and decision-making is like for women doing sex work. Chapter 1 includes background information on the theoretical lenses which guide the project: the communicative constitution of organizations and feminist standpoint theory. The authors explain how these lenses allow them to privilege the voices of sex workers, and give unique insight into life in the brothels.

Keywords:   Brothels, Prostitution, Sex Work, Communicative constitution of organizations, Standpoint theory, feminism

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