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[Not] Buying It: Prostitution as Unwanted Sex
Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence
  • Rebecca Whisnant, University of Dayton
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2017
Abstract
Noting the relative invisibility of prostitution buyers, or Johns, in discussions of the morality of prostitution, this article criticizes Johns’ behavior on the grounds that they are culpably involved in causing the typical harms of prostitution in the lives of the women whom they pay for sex. Those harms are, at bottom, the result of being habitually subjected to unwanted sex, and they are exacerbated rather than mitigated by such sex being bought and paid for. Efforts to normalize and legalize sex-buying should therefore be resisted.
ISBN/ISSN
2472-4181
Document Version
Published Version
Comments

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Publisher
DigitalCommons@URI
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Keywords
  • prostitution,
  • trauma,
  • sex,
  • harm,
  • dissociation,
  • money,
  • violence,
  • silencing,
  • men,
  • johns
Citation Information
Rebecca Whisnant. "[Not] Buying It: Prostitution as Unwanted Sex" Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence Vol. 2 Iss. 2 (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rebecca-whisnant/26/