The Industrial Vaxina
The political economy of the global sxx trade
By Sheila Jeffreys
Binding: Paperback (also available in Hardback)
Published by: Routledge
Publication Date: 11th November 2008
About the Book
The industrialization of prostitution and the sxx trade has created a
multibillion-dollar global market, involving millions of women, that makes a
substantial contribution to national and global economies.
The Industrial Vxxxx examines how prostitution and other aspects of the sxx
industry have moved from being small-scale, clandestine, and socially despised
practices to become very profitable legitimate market sectors that are being
legalised and decriminalised by governments. Sheila Jeffreys demonstrates how
prostitution has been globalized through an examination of:
the growth of pornography and its new global reach
the boom in adult shops, strip clubs and escort agencies
military prostitution and sexual violence in war
marriage and the mail order bride industry
the rise in sex tourism and trafficking in women.
She argues that through these practices women’s subordination has been
outsourced and that states that legalise this industry are acting as pimps,
enabling male buyers in countries in which women’s equality threatens male
dominance, to buy access to the bodies of women from poor countries who are paid
for their sexual subservience.
This major and provocative contribution is essential reading for all with an
interest in feminist, gender and critical globalisation issues as well as
students and scholars of international political economy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: From pimping to a profitable market sector 1. Feminists and the
Global Sex Industry: Cheerleaders or Critics? 2. Marriage in the Global Sex
Industry 3. The International Political Economy of Pornography 4. The Strip Club
Boom 5. Military Prostitution Chapter 6. Prostitution Tourism: women as men’s
leisure 7. Supplying the demand: the traffic in women 8. The State as Pimp:
legalizing prostitution. Conclusion: Rolling back the global sex industry
About the Author(s)
Sheila Jeffreys is a Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at
the University of Melbourne. She is the author of six other books on the history
and politics of sexuality, including Beauty and Misogyny (Routledge, 2005). She
is the founding member in 1994 of the Australian branch of the Coalition Against
Trafficking in Women.
She has a considerable reputation both in the academic world and in the world of
feminist and lesbian and gay politics for her work on sexuality, including 6
single authored books. Sheila Jeffreys' work is heavily referenced in academic
journals and books, with 30 citations in international refereed journals in 2003
according the Web of Science citations index. Her work has been republished in
French, Spanish, German, Norwegian, Swedish, and in many anthologies of feminist
thought over the last few years.