Free Shipping on Orders of $40 or More
Slut-Shaming, Whorephobia, and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution

Slut-Shaming, Whorephobia, and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution

by Meredith Ralston
Slut-Shaming, Whorephobia, and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution

Slut-Shaming, Whorephobia, and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution

by Meredith Ralston

Hardcover

$34.95
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Wednesday, August 10

Overview

The sexual revolution is unfinished. A sexual double standard between men and women still exists, and society continues to punish bad girls and reward good ones. Until we eliminate good-girl privilege and bad-girl stigma, women will not be fully free to embrace their sexuality. In Slut-Shaming, Whorephobia, and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution Meredith Ralston looks at the common denominators between the #MeToo movement, the myths of rape culture, and the pleasure gap between men and women to reveal the ways that sexually liberated women threaten the patriarchy. Weaving in history, pop culture, philosophy, interviews with sex workers, and personal anecdotes, Ralston shows how women cannot achieve sexual equality until the sexual double standard and good girl/bad girl binary are eliminated and women viewed by society as "whores" are destigmatized. Illustrating how women's sexuality is policed by both men and women, she argues that women must be allowed the same personal autonomy as men: the freedom to make sexual decisions for themselves, to obtain orgasm equality, and to insist on their own sexual pleasure. Dispelling the myth that all sex workers are victims and all clients are violent, Slut-Shaming, Whorephobia, and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution calls out Western society's hypocrisy about sex and shows how stigma and the marginalization of sex workers harms all women.


Related collections and offers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780228006657
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 06/16/2021
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 661,046
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Meredith Ralston is professor of women’s studies at Mount Saint Vincent University and a documentary filmmaker whose films include Hope in Heaven, Selling Sex, and Why Women Run.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The "Good Girl" Problem

1 Rape Culture and Slut-Shaming 3

2 Sexual Double Standards and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution 25

3 The Origins of Bad Girl Stigma and Good Girl Privilege 49

Part 2 The "Bad Girl" Problem

4 The Money Problem-Is Sex Work Work? 77

5 The Male Problem - Is Sex Work Violence against Women? 103

6 The Morality Problem - Is Sex Work Degrading? 128

Part 3 Ending Good Girl Privilege and Bad Girl Stigma

7 Decriminalize Sex Work 155

8 Destigmatize Sex 183

Acknowledgments 209

Notes 211

Bibliography 233

Index 257

Customer Reviews