Pimp State

Pimp State

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ISBN
9780571278237
Published
06/07/2017
9780571278237
Format
Paperback
Price
£8.99
Paperback
272

About the Book

Never before have prostitution, strip clubs and pornography been as profitable, widely used or embedded in mainstream culture as they are today. How society should respond to the rise of the sex trade is shaping up to be one of the Twenty-First Century's big questions. Should it be legal to pay for sex? Isn't it a woman's choice whether she strips for money? Could online porn warping the attitudes of a generation of boys?

An increasingly popular set of answers maintains that prostitution is just work, porn is fantasy, demand is inevitable; so fully legalise the sex trade and it can be made safe. Kat Banyard contends that these are profoundly dangerous myths. Sexual consent is not a commodity, objectification and abuse are inherent to prostitution, and the sex trade poses a grave threat to the struggle for women's equality.

Skilfully weaving together first-hand investigation, interviews and the latest research, Pimp State powerfully argues that sex trade myth-makers will find themselves on the wrong side of history.

Never before have prostitution, strip clubs and pornography been as profitable, widely used or embedded in mainstream culture as they are today. How society should respond to the rise of the sex trade is shaping up to be one of the Twenty-First Century's big questions. Should it be legal to pay for sex? Isn't it a woman's choice whether she strips for money? Could online porn warping the attitudes of a generation of boys? An increasingly popular set of answers maintains that prostitution is just work, porn is fantasy, demand is inevitable; so fully legalise the sex trade and it can be made safe. Kat Banyard contends that these are profoundly dangerous myths. Sexual consent is not a commodity, objectification and abuse are inherent to prostitution, and the sex trade poses a grave threat to the struggle for women's equality.Skilfully weaving together first-hand investigation, interviews and the latest research, Pimp State powerfully argues that sex trade myth-makers will find themselves on the wrong side of history.
  • Kat Banyard

    Kat Banyard is the author of The Equality Illusion and founder of campaign group UK Feminista. In 2014 The Equality Illusion was used as a key text in the development of the play Blurred Lines, written by Nick Payne and directed by Carrie Cracknell, premiering at the National Theatre. In 2010 Kat was named in the Guardian as "the most influential young feminist in the country" and in 2011 she was selected as one of the Observer's 50 contemporary innovators, described as "Game-changers whose vision is transforming the world around us".

“'Sex buyers are not the single loners they were often assumed to be in the past. As Kat Banyard demonstrates in her excoriating account of the modern trade in women’s bodies, they seek variety, sex acts they can’t get in voluntary relationships and, above all, power...The debate has become poisonous and Banyard’s book provides a much-needed corrective, skewering the myths promoted by the commercial industry with forensic intelligence...By putting equality and human rights at the heart of this vital debate, she has done us a tremendous service.'”
- Joan Smith, Observer
“'The most chilling aspect of 2016's Oscar-winning film Spotlight, about the uncovering of large-scale sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Boston, was how the whole scandal was right under journalists' noses, hiding in plain sight. People knew.Pimp State, a barnstorming polemic against the horrors of the sex industry (porn, lap-dancing and prostitution) filled me with a similar sense of unease...I challenge anyone to read this book and not feel there is something profoundly immoral and wrong about all of this. And it is there in plain sight.'”
- Eleanor Mills, The Sunday Times

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