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Book Review: We too: Essays on sex work and survival

Book Review: We too: Essays on sex work and survival Book Review Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work 1-2 Book Review ª The Author(s) 2021 Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions journals.sagepub.com/home/aff West, N., & Horn, T. (Eds.). (2021). We too: Essays on sex work and survival. The Feminist Press at the City University of New York. 336 pp. $24.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-558-61285-3. Reviewed by: Ran Hu , Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada DOI: 10.1177/08861099211023213 Criminalized in most geo-cultural regions, people in sex work industries have often been represented in mainstream storytelling as anything but workers with rights. As anti-sex work mobilization and policy lobbying continue to expand in the present anti-trafficking movement in the United States, sex workers have encountered increased hardships and challenges in navigating workplace safety, sexual assault at work, and labor rights. While the 2017 MeToo movement afforded a global plat- form for voices advocating against sexual assault and for survivor justice, sex workers’ experiences were often excluded and relegated to the margins of the movement. As Selena The Stripper shared in the book’s Forward: [Y]ou may not have heard much from sex workers. [ ... ] [S]ome of us spoke openly about surviving sexual assault, but many of us http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Affilia SAGE

Book Review: We too: Essays on sex work and survival

Affilia , Volume OnlineFirst: 1 – Jan 1, 2021

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0886-1099
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Book Review Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work 1-2 Book Review ª The Author(s) 2021 Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions journals.sagepub.com/home/aff West, N., & Horn, T. (Eds.). (2021). We too: Essays on sex work and survival. The Feminist Press at the City University of New York. 336 pp. $24.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-558-61285-3. Reviewed by: Ran Hu , Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada DOI: 10.1177/08861099211023213 Criminalized in most geo-cultural regions, people in sex work industries have often been represented in mainstream storytelling as anything but workers with rights. As anti-sex work mobilization and policy lobbying continue to expand in the present anti-trafficking movement in the United States, sex workers have encountered increased hardships and challenges in navigating workplace safety, sexual assault at work, and labor rights. While the 2017 MeToo movement afforded a global plat- form for voices advocating against sexual assault and for survivor justice, sex workers’ experiences were often excluded and relegated to the margins of the movement. As Selena The Stripper shared in the book’s Forward: [Y]ou may not have heard much from sex workers. [ ... ] [S]ome of us spoke openly about surviving sexual assault, but many of us

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