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Dancing
Burlesque
Escorting and Prostitution
Phone Sex
Courtesans, Geisha, and the Art

By Sex Workers
Philosophy
History
Sex Worker Rights

Health and Safety
Sexuality
Academic and Research
Sex Work- general
Pornography

 

Links to books about male sex workers

Link to Amanda Brooks' Sex Worker Library

 
 

Dancing


Exotic Entertainer's Bible
The complete guide to beginning or maximizing a career in exotic entertainment by Melody Obourn.
Melody Obourn brings 20+ years experience in the adult entertainment business to showing exotic entertainers and the clubs they work in how to increase profits and generate more repeat business.
http://www.entertainersbible.com/

Girl Show: In the Canvas World of Bump and Grind by Al Stencel. (link is to review) Great history of girl shows!

Ivy League Stripper by Heidi Mattson

Turning Pro: A Guide to Sex Work for the Ambitious and the Intrigued by Magdalene Meretrix

Lapdancer by Juliana Beasley

Stripping, Sex, and Popular Culture (Dress, Body, Culture) by Catherine M. Roach

Confessions Of A Stripper: Tales From The Vip Room by Lacey Lane

Bare: The Naked Truth About Stripping (Live Girls) by Elisabeth Eaves

Bare: On Women, Dancing, Sex, and Power by Elisabeth Eaves

Stripping in Time: A History of Erotic Dancing by Lucinda Jarrett

Stripped: Twenty Years of Secrets from Inside the Strip Club by Brent Kenton Jordan

Dance to Despair: Memoirs of an Exotic Dancer by Rebeckka Sathen Black

Stripper Shoes by Cheryl S. Bartlett

Lapdancer by Juliana Beasley

Skin City: Behind the Scenes of the Las Vegas Sex Industry by Jack Sheehan

A Stripper's Tail: Confessions of a Las Vegas Stripper by Diamond

Candy Girl : A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper by Diablo Cody

Strip City: A Stripper's Farewell Journey Across America by Lily Burana

Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers by Bernadette Barton

Dancing for Dollars and Paying for Love: The Relationships Between Exotic Dancers and their Regulars by Danielle R. Egan

G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire by Katherine Frank

Behind the G-String: An Exploration of the Stripper's Image, Her Person, and Her Meaning by David A. Scott

Flesh for Fantasy: Producing and Consuming Exotic Dance by Danielle Egan

The Stripper's Guide to Looking Great Naked by Jennifer Axen

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Exotic and Pole Dancing Illustrated  by Wendy Reardon

Art Of Exotic Dancing For Everyday Women by Leah Stauffe

The Art of Exotic Dancing by Nada Mirat

The Maxi Mounds Guide to the World of Exotic Dancing by Maxi Mounds

Exotic dancing and unionizing: the challenges of feminist and antiracist organizing at the Lusty Lady Theater. : An article from: SIECUS Report by Siobhan Brooks

Introductory 101: The How-To Guidebook on Exotic Dancing (Five Star) by Jewels

Directory of exotic dancing establishments by Jerry L Dixon

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Burlesque

Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens by Liz Goldwyn

The Queens of Burlesque: Vintage Photographs of the 1940s and 1950s (Schiffer Pictorial Essay) by Len Rothe

Burlesque and the New Bump-N-Grind by Michelle Baldwin and Dixie Evans

Burlesque and the Art of the Teese/Fetish and the Art of the Teese by Dita Von Teese

New Burlesque by Cecile Camart and Katharina Bosse

Burlesque: Legendary Stars of the Stage by Jane Briggeman

Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture (Cultural Studies of the United States) by Robert C. Allen

The Happy Stripper: Pleasures and Politics of the New Burlesque by Jacki Willson

The Best Burlesque Sketches: As Adapted for Sugar Babies and Other Entertainments by Ralph Allen

The Bare Truth: Stars of Burlesque From the '40s and '50s by Len Rothe

This Was Burlesque by Ann Corio

A Pictorial History of Burlesque by Sobel Bernard

Lydia Thompson: Queen of Burlesque (Forgotten Stars of Musical Theatre, 1) by Kurt Ganzl

A pictorial history of burlesque by Bernard Sobel

A Bit of Burlesque: A Brief History of Its Times & Stars by David Cary

This Was Burlesque: A Rollicking, Colorfully Illustrated History or Burlesque as Seen Through the Eyes of its Performers by Ann Corio and Joseph DiMona

My Journey Burlesque by Doris Kotzan

The burlesque tradition in the English theatre after 1660, by V. C Clinton-Baddeley

Papa's Burlesque House: Growing Up in a Burlesque Theater by Bernard Livingston

Minsky's burlesque : A Fast and Funny Look at America's Bawdiest Era by Morton Minsky and Milt Machlin

Strip Tease: The Vanished Art of Burlesque by H. M. Alexander

Burleycue: an Underground History of Burlesque Days by Bernard Sobel

Sugar Babies: The Burlesque Musical (French's Musical Library) by Jimmy McHugh, Ralph G. Allen, and Harry Rigby

Georgia: my life in burlesque (A Signet book) by Georgia Sothern

Lady of Burlesque (originally Published as the G String Murders) Unabridged by Gypsy Rose Lee

Queen of Burlesque: The Autobiography of Yvette Paris by Yvette Paris

Burlesque Girl by Orrie Hitt

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Escorting and Prostitution

The Internet Escort's Handbook by Amanda Brooks

In Good Company: The Escort's Guide by Kay Good

The Business Side of Escorting by J.D. Roberts

The Business Side of Escorting II by J.D. Roberts

Cop to Call Girl: Why I Left the LAPD to Make an Honest Living as a Beverly Hills Prostitute. Almodovar, Norma Jean (1993). New York: Simon & Schuster. (Paperback: Avon) Memoir by the founder and President of COYOTE-Los Angeles.

The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani

Mayflower Madam: The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows by Sydney Biddle Barrows

Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl for Hire by Sarah Katherine Lewis

Working: My Life as a Prostitute. French, Dolores and Linda Lee (1988). New York: E.P. Dutton. A memoir by the founder and President of HIRE (Hooking Is Real Employment), the NTFP affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia. The candid memoirs of a New York City prostitute.

Confessions of a high-priced call girl by Dimitra Ekmektsis with Patricia Lieb

Madam 90210: My Life as Madam to the Rich and Famous by Alex Adams

Patpong sisters: An American Woman's View of the Bangkok Sex World by Odzer, Cleo

Sex Work On The Streets: Prostitutes and Their Clients by McKeganey

The Happy Hooker: My Own Story by Xaviera Hollander

The Scorpion's Sweet Venom: The Diary of a Brazilian Call Girl by Bruna Surfistinha

Dangerous Pleasures: Prostitution and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Shanghai By Gail Hershatter

Prostitution and Sexuality in Shanghai: A Social History, 1849-1949 By Christian Henriot

 

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Phone Sex

The Fantasy Factory: An Insider's View of the Phone Sex Industry by Amy Flowers

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Courtesans

Courtesan Power (Salon Article part 1)
Modern Courtesan (Salon Article part 2)

Courtesans on Wikipedia

The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues by Susan Griffin

Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her by Susan Griffin

Courtesans: Money, Sex and Fame in the Nineteenth Century by Katie Hickman

Courtesans by Katie Hickman

Temptress: From the Original Bad Girls to Women on Top by Jane Billinghurst

In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel: by Sarah Dunant

The Honest Courtesan: Veronica Franco, Citizen and Writer in Sixteenth-Century Venice by Margaret F. Rosenthal

Grandes Horizontales : The Lives and Legends of Four Nineteenth Century Courtesans by Virginia Rounding

The Art of the Seductress: Techniques of the Great Seductresses from Biblical times to the Postmodern Era by Arthur Asa Berger

The Courtesan's Arts: Cross-Cultural Perspective by Martha Feldman

Poems and Selected Letters (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe) by Veronica Franco

Dangerous Beauty DVD ~ with Catherine McCormack

Sex with Kings : 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry and Revenge by Eleanor Herman

Venus on Top: Women Who Are Born to Lead and the Men who Love Them by Barbara Wright Abernathy

Women Poets of the Italian Renaissance: Courtly Ladies and Courtesans by Laura Anna Stortoni

Memoirs of a Courtesan in Nineteenth-Century Paris by Celeste Mogador

Women of the Pleasure Quarters: The Secret History of the Geisha by Lesley Downer

Geisha by Liza Dalby

Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda

Geisha : A Life by Mineko Iwasaki

Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art by Jodi Cobb

The Secret Life of Geisha DVD ~ with Susan Sarandon

Geisha: Beyond the Painted Smile by Peabody Essex Museum

The Life of a Geisha by Eleanor Underwood

The History and Art of the Geisha DVD

Geisha : A Living Tradition by Kyoki Aihara

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By Sex Workers

The Internet Escort's Handbook by Amanda Brooks

In Good Company: The Escort's Guide by Kay Good

Sex Work: Writings by Women in the Sex Industry Delacoste, Frederique, and Priscilla Alexander (1987). San Francisco: Cleis Press. The first half of the book includes first-person narratives by women who have worked in various forms of the sex industry; the second half consists of position papers and analytical articles written by representatives of prostitutes' rights organizations in the United States and Europe.

Whores and Other Feminists ed. by Jill Nagle

Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl for Hire by Sarah Katherine Lewis

Tricks and Treats: Sex Workers Write About Their Clients by Matt Bernstein Sycamore

The Happy Hooker: My Own Story by Xaviera Hollander

The Fantasy Factory: An Insider's View of the Phone Sex Industry by Amy Flowers

The Scorpion's Sweet Venom: The Diary of a Brazilian Call Girl by Bruna Surfistinha

A Stripper's Tail: Confessions of a Las Vegas Stripper by Diamond

Candy Girl : A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper by Diablo Cody

Strip City: A Stripper's Farewell Journey Across America by Lily Burana


 

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Philosophy

Reading, Writing, and Rewriting the Prostitute Body. Bell, Shannon (1994). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Sacred Pleasure by Riane Eisler

Prostitution and Feminism: Towards a Politics of Feeling by Maggie O Neill

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History

Sacred Pleasure by Riane Eisler

The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues by Susan Griffin

The Oldest Profession: A History of Prostitution Bassermann, Lujo

Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity by Pomeroy, Sarah B.

Courtesans: Money, Sex and Fame in the Nineteenth Century by Katie Hickman

Women and Prostitution: A Social History by Bullough, Vern and Bonnie Bullough

City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920 by Gilfoyle, Timothy J.

Temptress: From the Original Bad Girls to Women on Top by Jane Billinghurst

Common Women: Prostitution and Sexuality in Medieval England (Studies in the History of Sexuality) by Ruth Mazo Karras

Love for Sale: A World History of Prostitution by Nils Johan Ringdal and Richard Daly

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Sex Worker Rights

Global Sex Workers: Rights, Resistance, and Redefinition by Kamala Kempadoo and Jo Doezema
 

A Vindication of the Rights of Whores ed. by Gail Pheterson
In 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft, in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, made a plea for basic human rights and equality for women -a radical demand for the time. Now, 200 years later, prostitutes are calling for similar rights and equality. The need o speak out for the rights of sex workers became clear to Margo St. James, a former prostitute, in the early 1970s. She founded Coyote (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) in 1973 and went on to establish a network of prostitutes, social workers and politicians.

Making It Work: The Prostitutes' Rights Movement in Perspective. Jenness, Valerie (1993). New York: Aldine de Gruyter. Based on Jenness' doctoral dissertation which analyzed the development of COYOTE's approach to prostitution between 1973 and 1989, and its effect on discussion of the issue in the larger community.

Trafficking And Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives On Migration, Sex Work, And Human Rights by Kamala Kempadoo

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Health and Safety

The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani

"Female Sex Workers: Scapegoats in the AIDS Epidemic," Cohen Judith B. & Priscilla Alexander (1995), in A O'Leary & LS Jemmott (eds.), Women at Risk: Issues in the Primary Prevention of AIDS. New York: Plenum Publishing Corporation.

Making Sex Work Safer: A Guide to HIV/AIDS Prevention (draft) Alexander, Priscilla. Geneva: World Health Organization, Global Programme on AIDS. Available from the NTFP's New York office.

"Sex Workers Fight Against AIDS: An International Perspective," Alexander, Priscilla (1995). In Beth E. Schneider and Nancy Stoller (eds.), Women Resisting AIDS: Strategies of Empowerment. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 

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Feminism

Reading, Writing, and Rewriting the Prostitute Body. Bell, Shannon (1994). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

XXX: A Woman's Right to Pornography. McElroy, Wendy. See, Chapter 7, "Interviews with Women in Porn," pp. 146-191, and Chapter 9, "A Coyote Meeting," pp. 202-230. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995.

Sacred Pleasure by Riane Eisler

Bananas, Beaches & Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics by Enloe, Cynthia

Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity by Pomeroy, Sarah B.

Live Sex Acts: Women Performing Erotic Labor by Wendy Chapkis, Annie Sprinkle, Jill Posener, and Gon Buurman

Prostitution and Feminism: Towards a Politics of Feeling by Maggie O Neill

Good Girls/Bad Girls: Feminists and Sex Trade Workers Face to Face Ed. by Laurie Bell

Prostitution Policy: Revolutionizing Practice Through A Gendered Perspective by Lenore Kuo
 

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Sexuality

Sacred Pleasure by Riane Eisler

The Story of V by Catherine Blackledge

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Academic and Research

Prostitution, Power, and Freedom
Julia O'Connell Davidson
Uncovers the economic and political inequalities that underlie the phenomenon of prostitution

The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani

Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work [Two Volumes] by Melissa Hope Ditmore (A friend of mine)

"Female Sex Workers: Scapegoats in the AIDS Epidemic," Cohen Judith B. & Priscilla Alexander (1995), in A O'Leary & LS Jemmott (eds.), Women at Risk: Issues in the Primary Prevention of AIDS. New York: Plenum Publishing Corporation.

Reading, Writing, and Rewriting the Prostitute Body. Bell, Shannon (1994). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

The Price of Sex: Prostitution, Policy and Society by Belinda Brooks-Gordon

Prostitution Policy: Revolutionizing Practice Through A Gendered Perspective by Lenore Kuo

Trafficking And Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives On Migration, Sex Work, And Human Rights by Kamala Kempadoo

Global Sex by Dennis Altman

City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London by Walkowitz, Judith R.

Prostitution: An International Handbook on Trends, Problems, and Policies ed. by Nanette J. Davis

Bananas, Beaches & Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics by Enloe, Cynthia

Patpong sisters: An American Woman's View of the Bangkok Sex World by Odzer, Cleo

Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity by Pomeroy, Sarah B.

Let the Good Times Roll: Prostitution and the U.S. Military in Asia Sturdevant, Saundra Pollack, & Stoltzfus, Brenda

Sex, Money and Morality: Prostitution and tourism in South-east Asia by Truong, Thanh-Dam

Sex for Sale: Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry by Ronald Weitzer

Global Sex Workers: Rights, Resistance, and Redefinition by Kamala Kempadoo and Jo Doezema

Illicit and Illegal: Sex, Regulation and Social Control by Joanna Phoenix

Women and Prostitution: A Social History by Bullough, Vern and Bonnie Bullough

Live Sex Acts: Women Performing Erotic Labor by Wendy Chapkis, Annie Sprinkle, Jill Posener, and Gon Buurman

Prostitution and Feminism: Towards a Politics of Feeling by Maggie O Neill

Sex Work On The Streets: Prostitutes and Their Clients by McKeganey

Buying and Selling Power: Anthropological Reflections on Prostitution in Spain by Angie Hart

Sex Work: A Risky Business by Teela Sanders

Good Girls/Bad Girls: Feminists and Sex Trade Workers Face to Face Ed. by Laurie Bell

Sun, Sex, and Gold: Tourism and Sex Work in the Caribbean by Kamala Kempadoo

Sex Work Now, ed. by Rosie Campbell and Maggie O'Neill

Poverty And the Social Context of Sex Works in Addis Ababa: An Anthropological Perspective by Bethlehem Tekola

Women at the Crossroads: A Prostitute Community's Response to AIDS in Urban Senegal by M Renaud

Guilty Without Trial: Women in the Sex Trade in Calcutta by Carlyn Sleightholme and Indrani Sinha

Sex Tourism: Marginal Peoples and Liminalities by C. Michael Hall

Sexing the Caribbean: Gender, Race and Sexual Labor by Kamala Kempadoo

Contemporary Research On Sex Work by Jeffrey T., Ph.d. Parsons

On the Game: Women and Sex Work by Sophie Day

Common Women: Prostitution and Sexuality in Medieval England (Studies in the History of Sexuality) by Ruth Mazo Karras

Dangerous Pleasures: Prostitution and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Shanghai By Gail Hershatter

Prostitution and Sexuality in Shanghai: A Social History, 1849-1949 By Christian Henriot

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Sex Work- general

The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani

Red Light: Inside the Sex Industry

Working Sex: An Odyssey into Our Cultural Underworld by Marianne Macy

Patpong sisters: An American Woman's View of the Bangkok Sex World by Odzer, Cleo

Live Sex Acts: Women Performing Erotic Labor by Wendy Chapkis, Annie Sprinkle, Jill Posener, and Gon Buurman

Sex Work: A Risky Business by Teela Sanders

Sex Work Now, ed. by Rosie Campbell and Maggie O'Neill

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Pornography

XXX: A Woman's Right to Pornography. McElroy, Wendy. See, Chapter 7, "Interviews with Women in Porn," pp. 146-191, and Chapter 9, "A Coyote Meeting," pp. 202-230. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995.

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