Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys: Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money, and Sex

Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys: Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money, and Sex


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ISBN-13: 9781593762414
Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
Publication date: 07/07/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys: Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money, and Sex (Large Print 16pt) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Cyanide_Cola on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I really loved this book. Some of the stories a less interesting. But for the most party truly fascinating. Because of the format it's in (the various short essays from various authors) it makes for a diverse read. The stories are honest and true tales from sex workers. It's not for the faint of heart. It defiantly gets graphic. But that's part of what makes it great. It opens up new perspectives that I've never even given thought to.
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The_Nibbler More than 1 year ago
These stories are personal, touching, and real. A true pleasure to read and ponder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear Colleagues & Allies of The SAGE Project, Recently a book titled, Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys was published by Soft Skull Press. This book is being promoted as a "bestseller" in Borders, on the New York Times, Amazon, and on "sex worker" websites as a book supported by SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation, www.sagesf.org). On August 23rd, the New York Times published a review of the book which states that the editors, David Henry Sterry and R. J. Martin Jr., are currently affiliated with the SAGE Project. We want to share with you a letter that we have sent to the New York Times to address the fact that these two individuals are no longer affiliated with the organization. We are outraged by the way this publication has been marketed and the method through which its content was secured; the book does not honor client confidentiality, naming clients currently and formerly engaged in our programs. One individual happened to stumble upon the book in a writing group and was surprised to find stories she had written in the publication. She, like many of our SAGE clients continues to be connected with the organization and her resilience and strength do not appear in the book. No effort was made to contact her prior to publication. We are writing to you, our allies and colleagues, to let you know that SAGE's mission and work have not changed. We stand committed to our goal to bring an end to the trauma, pain, and degradation inflicted by commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. We will update you as we move forward in addressing this issue. The SAGE Project, Inc. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Editor The New York Times Book Review Sir or Madame: We are writing to clarify statements and inferences that appeared in Toni Bentley's review of Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys (August 23, 2009). The SAGE Project is an internationally recognized human rights organization that provides important and life-saving services for children and adults in the San Francisco area. The ultimate "project" of SAGE is to help bring about an end to commercial sexual exploitation of adults and children. Commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking are inherently harmful and have long-term negative impacts on their victims, from trauma, to physical/health implications, to socio-economic effects. SAGE does not support any system of commercial sexual exploitation. Seventy-five percent of our staff members are survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and all of our programs are survivor centered. The book's authors, R. J. Martin and David Sterry have no current connection with the SAGE Project. Mr. Martin was SAGE's Development Director but left to pursue other interests at the end of 2006. Mr. Sterry was a SAGE board member from 2004 to 2006. We have not given any permission to the authors of this book to connect SAGE with their publication. We are outraged by this misprint and want to emphasize the importance of making this correction in next Sunday's Review. Very truly yours, Francine Braae Allen Wilson Co-Executive Directors
Leslita More than 1 year ago
Thanks for a great review. I also enjoyed this book.
Lulamae More than 1 year ago
Sterry and Martin have managed to bring together a crazy quilt of essays, and work the fabric of the anthology into a rich tapestry. Their successful collaboration initially grew out of workshops conducted at SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation) and came to fruition in part, due to determination to give back to a community to which they swear allegiance, if no longer active participation. The entries are loosely grouped under the book's subtitle: life, love, money and sex; though they could be categorized interchangeably since all are inextricably connected. Some of the narratives are polished and savvy, or wonderfully matter of fact about the all too often hushed and vilified matters of fact under consideration. Some are as hard and rough as drug addiction that dogs a body and soul. Others reveal a tarnished realism about the painful truths of being in the life. Many include family relations issues that are not exclusive to hos, hookers, call girls and rent boys; to one degree or another we all know mothers who are witches and fathers who are brutes, lovers and others who berate or betray. The most compelling are those which give voice to the most vulnerable, in the chapter written by sexually exploited youth. Helping Daddy Pay the Rent is a devastating indictment of societal neglect and despicable acts of parental desperation combust in one abused child that will tear at your heart. The writing is diverse and eclectic, a mirror into the nature of the industry itself. Sex workers with advanced academic degrees, porn stars and anonymous phone operators, exotic dancers in various states of gender and undress, have more in common than sex for money; they are united in their courage to tell their stories. They unabashedly relate their emotions, actions and reactions, in situations from victimization to domination, hunger to satiation; size twelve stiletto wearing cross dressers, full body massage providers, plaster casted exhibitionists all tell their tales in gripping first person I-live(d)-it-so-there's-no-sugar-coating-it manner. Hearts, heads and other assorted body parts, seedy strip joints, broken down bars and spirits, upscale hotels and high rollers are exposed with unflinching candor and gritty authenticity, bringing to light the world of industrial sex workers. This book is more than an interesting and affecting read. In its entirety, in its insistence that the gamut of personal histories about sex/money/power/frailty is a reflection of the human condition, it speaks to a broad audience. A bit of paraphrasing may serve to place the content in its most valuable context: Roman philosopher, Terence, said nothing in humanity can be alien to man; and renowned psychoanalyst Carl Jung said that light is revealed by uncovering shadow. HHCG&RB presents the universality of ancient archetypal themes playing out in modern day scenes, and in doing so, uncovers shadow for all.