Organizing for Sex Workers' Rights in Montreal: Resistance and Advocacy (Hardback)
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Organizing for Sex Workers' Rights in Montreal: Resistance and Advocacy (Hardback)

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Hardback 222 Pages / Published: 15/03/2020
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This book is based on a case study about Stella, l'amie de Maimie a Montreal sex workers' rights organization, founded by and for sex workers. It explores how a group of ostracized female-identified sex workers transformed themselves into a collective to promote the health and well-being of women working in the sex industry. Weighed down by the old and tenacious whore symbol, the sex workers at Stella had to find a way to navigate the criminality of sex work and sex workers, in order to do advocacy and support work, and create safer spaces for sex workers to engage in such advocacy. This book focuses on sex workers, but the advocacy challenges and strategies it outlines can also apply to the lives of other marginalized groups who are often ignored, pitied, or reviled, but who are seldom seen as fully human.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498593892
Number of pages: 222
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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By documenting the history of Stella, a sex worker-run health collective in Montreal, Dr. Francine Tremblay offers a deeply researched and reflective study of sex workers' efforts to empower their peers and advocate for their rights under conditions of constraint. In addition to providing a rich history of Montreal's sex industry and related policies and legal challenges in Canada, her book highlights the inherent tensions activists navigate when they balance government funding with the promotion of activist goals, and it illuminates how emotions and culture shape broader struggles for labor rights, sexual freedom, and gender equality.--Samantha Majic, Associate Professor in Political Science, City University of New York
Historically grounded in time and place, Tremblay uses social movement theory and a mobilization framework, to guide us through the struggles of Stella, an association by and for sex workers. These struggles include learning to live comfortably with people across diverse realities and managing years of intense public scrutiny regarding HIV/AIDS, drug use, and violence. All while resisting the conflation of prostitution with human trafficking. The attentive reader will learn much about grappling with the challenges of mobilizing sex workers--and other similarly marginalized groups--in our current socio-legal environment.--Frances M. Shaver, Concordia University
Organizing for Sex Workers' Rights in Montreal is an innovative and distinctive addition to our limited understanding of mobilizing sex workers in their communities and beyond. Focused on the emergence and development of one of Canada's first modern sex workers' rights organizations, Stella, the book engages in an honest and earnest analysis of the struggle to recognize sex workers as equal citizens, a struggle that cannot be untangled from structural factors, including social class, stigma and discrimination. No one to date has offered such a contribution, and this makes Tremblay's book a ground-breaking addition to the field.--Cecilia Benoit, University of Victoria, Canada

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