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There have been numerous threads about purported formal studies of punters and WGs published either in the press or as think tank documents (by blatantly anti-sex trade zealots), and lots of "WG tells all" titles on the general reading bookshelf.

Having read one somewhat frothy one on a previous trans atlantic jaunt (eight hours cover to cover with breaks for meals and a stretch) I was looking for something with a bit more weight

Whilst in the US, I picked up a couple of tomes:

Working Sex by Annie Oakley "Sex Workers Write about a Changing Industry"

and

America Unzipped by Brian Alexander "In search of Sex and Satisfaction"

Too soon to tell if they are any good... I am busy rereading an old 1980's favourite and a backlog of mags. Are there any more/other titles with some non-autobiographical substance I might collect whilst in the Land of the Free (as long as you aren't talking about smoking, etc)?

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Rather than let this thread sink down the page in the main discussion, I think it might be useful to "Sticky" it here.

That way, hopefully, we can gather a list of useful sources of reading and reference in a single easy to find place.

We'll see how it goes :rolleyes:

Feel free to contribute below.

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good idea for sticky thread.

problem with reading risque stuff is that you have to carry it around, hence I depend on e-books (pdfs) or reviews to know what is out there.

btw: not quite industry related book but do a google for "richest woman in yorkshire",

the original is in french, btw: la femme la plus riche du yorkshire. happy reading.

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Two minor classics on how it used to be in pre-War Paris, both written by former madams- of the Sphinx & 122 respectively:

Marthe Lemestre (Trans from French by Gale Strom) Madame Sphinx, Ballantine New York, 1975

Fabienne Jamet (Trans by Derek Coltman) Palace of Sweet Sin WH Allen, London 1977.

Both are out of print, but can regularly be had via http://www.abebooks.co.uk

Or for 18th Century London-- and the advertising of the day:

Hallie Rubenhold. The Covent Garden Ladies. Tempus, Stroud 2006.

Of recent memoirs, there's only Charlie Daniel's Priceless that I'd re-read.

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Blowing my own trumpet here guys... A Slice of Vice, by M J Scarlett. Part fact-Part fiction based on my own experiences in the sex-for sale industry. Spanning 20 yrs from 1971-1991. Reviews welcome...good or bad:D

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And naturally i would like to opine that BODY WORSHIP (True Stories of a Sex Goddess) by Letitcia, gives a global insight into the Sex for Sale industry.....

L

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And naturally i would like to opine that BODY WORSHIP (True Stories of a Sex Goddess) by Letitcia, gives a global insight into the Sex for Sale industry.....

L

Will add it to my bookshelf, after reading it of course. Any more books penned by us ladies to add to my collection.???

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Will add it to my bookshelf, after reading it of course. Any more books penned by us ladies to add to my collection.???

Well, since you ask: Sex Therapy for Men (Creating Casanova) also by Letitcia!!! However this does not really give an insight into the wonderful world of the erotic service provider, more a self help book for the patrons.......

L

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Dr Teela Sanders:

Sex Work, a Risky Business

Paying for Pleasure; Men Who Buy Sex (Based on interviews by a real academic with real punters, including some [well disguised] Punternet regulars :eek: ]

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Dr Teela Sanders:

Sex Work, a Risky Business

Paying for Pleasure; Men Who Buy Sex (Based on interviews by a real academic with real punters, including some [well disguised] Punternet regulars :P ]

But not well enough! Fluffiness will out.

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Griselidis Real was a prominent prostitute on the continent, who died in 2005. There are several books both by her and about her. (See Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griselidis_Real) She worked to the age of 66 and was a powerful campaigner for the notion that prostitution could be a freely chosen career, describing it as "an Art, a Humanism and a Science".

She is the hero of a WG friend of mine. We visited her grave together in Geneva, but it is already sadly neglected.

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Certainly not highbrow. Almost scatalogical in its utter lack of integrity. But still considered a fairly accurate description of a thankfully bygone time: Off the Rails in Phnom Penh by Amit Gilboa.

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Griselidis Real was a prominent prostitute on the continent, who died in 2005. There are several books both by her and about her. (See Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griselidis_Real) She worked to the age of 66 and was a powerful campaigner for the notion that prostitution could be a freely chosen career, describing it as "an Art, a Humanism and a Science".

She is the hero of a WG friend of mine. We visited her grave together in Geneva, but it is already sadly neglected.

She did make the broadsheet papers this year, was when the Swiss moved her to a new resting ground. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/switzerland/4965192/Uproar-in-Switzerland-as-prostitute-Griselidis-Real-buried-near-Protestant-John-Calvin.html

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Theres's a brand new edition of:

Sex For Sale

Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry, 2nd Edition

Edited by the excellent Ronald Weitzer

http://www.routledge.com/books/Sex-For-Sale-isbn9780415996051

This book gets good reviews

"Whores and Other Feminists is the first volume to examine sex work and the sex industry through the eyes of self-identified feminist sex workers - strippers, prostitutes, porn writers, producers and performers, dominatrices - and their allies. Comprising a range of voices from both within and outside the academy, this collection draws from traditional feminisms, postmodern feminism, queer theory, libertarianism, and sex radicalism. Through essay and personal narrative, the contributors liberate the exchange of sex for money from its arranged ideological marriage with sexist oppression, highlighting instead more local questions about particular sex work practices and their interface with feminist thought."

http://www.amazon.com/Whores-Other-Feminists-Jill-Nagle/dp/0415918227

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This book gets good reviews

And a hefty price tag :eek:

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The Wisdom of Whores by Elizabeth Psani - Journo turned Epidemiologist who studies HIV and AIDS - has a 1st hand insight into prostitution.

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For a extraordinarily comprehensive but readable and sympathetic history-

'Love for sale: a world history of prostitution By Nils Johan Ringdal- about £15 from Amazon inc P&P

which has everything from ancient temple in Sumeria, through medieval harolts guilds, the world of Fanny Hill, right up to modern WG's unions. About the only thing missing is an index.

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For a extraordinarily comprehensive but readable and sympathetic history-

'Love for sale: a world history of prostitution By Nils Johan Ringdal- about £15 from Amazon inc P&P

which has everything from ancient temple in Sumeria, through medieval harolts guilds, the world of Fanny Hill, right up to modern WG's unions. About the only thing missing is an index.

I downloaded puss in boots , Evan Hunter writing as ed mcbain. There are graphic sections describing behind the green door and linda lovelace - reccomended.

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Good thread!

My agent insisted I read The Happy Hooker recently as she thought my book should be similar. I really didn't like it. Not my style at all.

Anyone else read it?

www.madambeckyadams.co.uk

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