“Our voices scrubbed out and forgotten. There are those who research and write about sex workers who often forget we are human.”
Shawna Ferris gives a voice to sex workers who are often pushed to the background, even by those who fight for them. In the name of urban safety and orderliness, street sex workers face stigma, racism, and ignorance. Their human rights are ignored, and some even lose their lives. Ferris aims to reveal the cultural dimensions of this discrimination through literary and art-critical theory, legal and sociological research, and activist intervention.
Canadian cities are striving for high safety ratings by eliminating crime, which includes “cleaning” urban areas of the street sex industry. Ironically, sex workers also want to live and work in a safe environment. Ferris questions these sanitizing political agendas, reviews exclusionary legislative and police initiatives, and examines media representations of sex workers.
This book has much to offer to educators and activists, sex workers and anti-violence organizations, and academics studying women, cultural, gender, or indigenous issues.
About Shawna Ferris
Table of Contents
|Foreword by Amy Lebovitch||10|
|1 City/Whore Synecdoche and the Case of Vancouver's Missing Women||36|
|2 Anti-Prostituion Reporting, Policing, and Activism in Canada's Global Cities||78|
|3 Technologies of Resistance||118|
|4 Agency and Aboriginality in Street-Involved or Survival Sex Work in Canada||170|
|About the Author||273|
|Other Titles from The University of Alberta Press||274|