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Love for Sale

Love for Sale

A World History of Prostitution

by Nils Johan Ringdal
CD-Audio
Publication Date: 17/05/2016
 

From the Whore of Babylon to The Happy Hooker, eminent historian Nils Johan Ringdal has written a masterly, extremely readable world history of the world's oldest profession, spanning a wide historical swathe armed with a lively wit. Beginning with The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Old Testament, and ancient cultures from Greece to India and beyond, Love for Sale takes the listener on a tour through the entire recorded history of prostitution up to the modern red-light district. It shows how different societies have dealt with prostitutes: ancient Greece, Rome, and India incorporated them into several social echelons, including the priestess class; their close relations with artists in 19th-century Europe made them muses to the modern sensibility; the Victorians campaigned against them. It shows the similarities between medieval European heterosexuals and contemporary gay men when visiting public baths, gives lively commentary on the classic Fanny Hill and on Emma Goldman's and Eva Peron's sympathy for prostitutes, and closes with Sydney Biddle Barrows, the rise of the sex-workers' rights movement and contemporary "sex-positive" feminism, and a realistic look at the true risks and rewards of prostitution in the present day.

ISBN:
9781522606925
9781522606925
Category:
Uncategorized
Format:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
17-05-2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
Brilliance Publishing, Inc.
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
171.45x133.35x17.15mm

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