For sale - sex in the country: The benefits of sex work as an occupational choice in rural NSW Australia

Scott, John & Ragusa, Angela (2005) For sale - sex in the country: The benefits of sex work as an occupational choice in rural NSW Australia. In TASA 2005 Conference Proceedings, The Australian Sociological Association, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, pp. 1-10.

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Abstract

Drawing upon sociology of work, feminist theory and past sex worker research, we present the first study to explore the sex work industry in rural Australia. Using qualitative data from interviews conducted December 2004 - February 2005 with 20 sex industry workers in New South Wales, we question existing assumptions and generalizations surrounding contemporary sex work to explore how industry workers perceive their career experiences. Specifically, we explore workers’ motivations for entering and continuing to be involved in the industry, the profession benefits and historical changes. In contrast to radical feminist theory’s equation of sex work with victimization, these narratives by rural sex workers portray experiences of sexual empowerment, economic advancement, job flexibility, achievement and examples of positive social interaction. In conclusion, our findings provide contrasting data to the sex politics surrounding “prostitution” put forth by radical feminists as we reaffirm the sex industry to be a legitimate career option in rural Australia and challenge the determinism used to labelled sex work as definitively degrading and deleterious to women.

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ID Code: 79074
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 0-9598460-5-0
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 The Authors
Deposited On: 22 Dec 2014 06:08
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2015 12:15

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