Playing The Whore
Book By Melissa Gira Grant
Lauded as “THE” book to read on sex work, I honestly did not enjoy this book at first. The tone seemed didactic and even a little snarky to me all the way through the first half of the book, almost as if the author had a chip on her shoulder. Then all of a sudden, the book somehow changed and I loved the second half of the book. I thought the points made were ones I hadn’t thought of before, the commentary was clever and important, and the tone authoritative without being overbearing. Even though I only liked half the book, I would still recommend it to anyone who wanted to examine sex work through a very academic lens.
Pages 79-81: How do we hold space for difficult situations/feelings about work without perpetuating the "happy hooker" or sad victims stereotype?
Page 88: Men are given porn as a release and in this section the equivalent that women are given is public speaking of rage/crying about how they've been hurt by porn. What would a public demonstration of release look like for women if it were centered around pleasure instead of pain?
Page 98: How do power and sex shape us?
In general, how does mainstream visibility help Heaux? Hurt us?