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The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth - Out 28th September

 
The Pimping of Prostitution - Abolishing the Sex Work Myth
Australian cover

Australian cover

£22.50 | Softcover | 9781137558893 (UK)
Palgrave Macmillan

$39.99 | Softcover | 9781925581232 (Aus) 
Spinifex Press


In The Pimping of Prostitution, renowned investigative journalist and feminist activist Julie Bindel takes the debate on prostitution legislation head-on, exposing the lived realities of women in contrast with the dominant discourse in current academic and liberal feminist debates.

Based on more than 250 interviews with the people involved in and affected by prostitution around the world – from trafficked women to legal brothel owners to the men who drive demand – this book uncovers the lies, mythology and criminality that shroud this global trade, and suggests a way forward for the activists seeking to abolish ‘the oldest oppression.’

Over the course of two years, Bindel conducted interviews in almost 40 countries, cities and states, traveling around Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, New Zealand and East and South Africa. Visiting brothels all around the world, Bindel got to know pimps, pornographers, survivors of the sex trade and the women currently being sold by pimps who are classified as ‘business entrepreneurs’. The book gives an account of the struggle of those harmed by the sex trade, who she argues make up the majority of those involved, and shows that the popularly accepted tropes about ‘agency’ and ‘choice’ in prostitution are challenged by the testimony of its survivors.

The Pimping of Prostitution exposes the harms of the global sex trade and documents the emergence of the exciting and vibrant survivor abolitionist movement – leading us to question when the policy makers, politicians and international human rights organisations will start to reject the mythology around prostitution, hold sex buyers accountable for the damage that they do, and truly begin to fight for the human rights of women around the world.

For more information please contact:
Rebecca Krahenbuhl – Communications Manager, Palgrave Macmillan

rebecca.krahenbuhl@palgrave.com, +44 020 7014 6634

 

Endorsements

'The first step in recognizing a big injustice is often  an end to blaming the victim -- say, to stop assuming that most poor people are lazy, or that battered women could just leave, or that our prisons are so racially imbalanced because the imbalance is deserved. To find out the truth behind all those "Pretty Woman' myths about the global sex trade, read this well-documented book by Julie Bindel.' - Gloria Steinem

'Julie Bindel shatters the myths, misconceptions and outright lies about the buying and selling of women’s bodies for sex. Her research into this devastating human rights violation against women and girls worldwide is powerful, profound and most important of all, irrefutable. It is the most thorough analysis of prostitution I have ever read!' - Victor Malarek, author of The Natashas: Inside the Global Sex Trade, and The Johns, Sex for Sale and the Men who Buy it.

'Bold, brilliant and brave. This is Julie Bindel at her best, demolishing the myths around prostitution and asking us to listen to survivors, the women and men who know the ugly reality first-hand.' - Joan Smith, author of Misogynies

'A profoundly impressive piece of reporting and polemic into a commercial industry. You may love Bindel’s work, you may profoundly disagree with it. But it will never leave you indifferent, and it will always make you question, which is why there should be more of it'. - Rose George, Author and journalist

'Julie Bindel knows violence against women when she sees it. In this amazing investigate book, she manages to break through the mist and exposes the realities of how the sex trade actually works - and who it benefits.'- Nimco Ali, activist and writer

'This book is comprehensive, authoritative, personally revealing, and a clear headed rage against a tide of modern double think. It will help feminism untangle itself from all the knots of faux progressiveness about prostitution, which is repackaging sexual abuse as empowerment. Bindel is a fearless, uncompromising voice who deserves to be universally heard.' - Janice Turner, Times Newspaper columnist


straight expectations - what does it mean to be gay today?

2014

From picket line to picket fence - what does it mean to be gay in the era of same-sex marriage and equal rights? More than four decades after the start of the gay liberation movement, lesbians and gay men can legally marry, adopt children, and enjoy the same rights and respect as heterosexuals ...or can they? In Straight Expectations, Julie Bindel, an out lesbian since 1977, tracks the changes in the gay community in the last forty years and asks whether fighting for the right to marry has achieved genuine progress. Drawing on extensive original research into changing attitudes towards sexuality, as well as interviews with scientists examining the 'gay gene', gay liberation pioneers, religious figures and key players of all political persuasions, Straight Expectations asks: Is sexual orientation learned or latent?; Do lesbians and gay men have anything in common?; and Have we now reached a stage where the 'only gay in the village' mentality no longer has any place in society?

exiting prostitution - a study in femal desistance (co-author)

2014

This book is based on a three-year research study on how women exit the sex trade, and the opportunities and barriers along the way.

The research was a three-year joint study between Eaves and London South Bank University. Funded by the Big Lottery, its aim was to assess the effectiveness of interventions designed to support women in England who want to leave prostitution. Given the number of women who participated in the research, it provides a great deal of insight into the exiting process. The findings based on 114 in-depth interviews with women involved in or exited from prostitution, and other experts and professionals working in the field. It is the largest UK-based study of its kind.

the map of my life - the story of emma humphreys (co-author)

2003

The remarkable story of Emma Humphreys, whose struggle for justice left a legacy that continues to this day. 

Convicted aged 17 of murder, Emma spent 10 years in prison before being released by the Court of Appeal in 1995. She was welcomed by hundreds of cheering supporters, her case having changed the law for battered women who kill. Emma’s tragic death, three years later, from an accidental overdose of prescribed medication, created shock waves for those who saw her as the ultimate survivor.

The story is told through Emma’s writings: her poems; letters from prison; and documents only discovered after her death, including diaries and a retrospective account written from Durham prison. These powerful writings document the life of an abused teenager in care, who became exploited into prostitution and beaten by her pimp/'boyfriend' to the point where she was driven to kill him. 

This is a story of survival through the most extreme adversity. 


reviews:

Praise for the Pimping of Prostitution includes:

‘This is profoundly impressive…You may love Bindel’s work, you may profoundly disagree with it. But it will never leave you indifferent, and it will always make you question, which is why there should be more of it.’ – Rose George, author and journalist

“Bold, brilliant and brave. This is Julie Bindel at her best, demolishing the myths.’ -Joan Smith, author of Misogynies

‘This book is comprehensive, authoritative, personally revealing, and a clear headed rage against a tide of modern double think. It will help feminism untangle itself from all the knots of faux progressiveness about prostitution, which is repackaging sexual abuse as empowerment. Bindel is a fearless, uncompromising voice who deserves to be universally heard. -Janice Turner, Times Newspaper columnist

'Julie Bindel shatters the myths, misconceptions and outright lies about the buying and selling of women’s bodies for sex. Her research into this devastating human rights violation against women and girls worldwide is powerful, profound and most important of all, irrefutable. It is the most thorough analysis of prostitution I have ever read!' - Victor Malarek, author of The Natashas: Inside the Global Sex Trade, and The Johns, Sex for Sale and the Men who Buy it.

'A profoundly impressive piece of reporting and polemic into a commercial industry. You may love Bindel’s work, you may profoundly disagree with it. But it will never leave you indifferent, and it will always make you question, which is why there should be more of it.' - Rose George, author and journalist

'Julie Bindel knows violence against women when she sees it. In this amazing investigate book, she manages to break through the mist and exposes the realities of how the sex trade actually works - and who it benefits.' - Nimco Ali, activist and writer

Praise for Straight Expectations includes: 

‘Julie Bindel's writing is always sharp, often entertaining and rarely less than controversial. Even where our views diverge profoundly, I welcome her voice in a world where too few are ready to truly put their beliefs up for public scrutiny.’  - Stella Duffy, author

‘Bindel’s analysis of how and why the gay rights movement lost its way is incisive and persuasive. Neoliberal gays and those who happen to fancy calling into question all that you hold to be true: please read this book.’ - New Statesman, read the full review here

‘Bindel’s irascible, impassioned, but always compelling voice reminds us what activism is about; change can only happen when you nail your colours to the mast.’ - Huffington Post, read the full review here

‘As Britain’s punchiest lesbian feminist commentator, Bindel shines as a Sapphic sapphire, refracting stereotypes about gay women as they’re projected onto her weary, raised-eyebrow self: the militant, the man-hater, or the Greenham Common hippie weaving endless orgasms out of hemp and leg hair, shimmers back as someone, on the surface at least, rather more akin to a stereotypically camp gay man: cocktails, gossip, a jolly nice shirt.’ – Independent, read the full review here