Magazine article Herizons

Mothers, Mothering and Sex Work

Magazine article Herizons

Mothers, Mothering and Sex Work

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MOTHERS, MOTHERING AND SEX WORK

EDITED BY REBECCA BROMWICH AND MONIQUE MARIE DEJONG

Demeter Press

REVIEW BY CHRISTINE PEETS

To many people, the sex trade workers' world might seem a dark and uncomfortable place. Fortunately, this book illuminates much about the lives of those who live in this often misunderstood world.

Some of those whose stories are told became mothers unintentionally, through their sex work, while others did so deliberately and apart from it. One woman felt that becoming a mother gave her life new meaning, a new strength to stand up not only for herself but also for her child. Some women said they found ways to escape sex work, mentally if not physically, in order to save their sanity and preserve their dignity. Some of the stories are troubling, but the mix of stories works well.

The writers and artists show their stories in a single image, a few words or in a much longer essay. …

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