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Sex work


  • Here are entered works on the exchange of sexual services, performances, or products for material compensation.
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  • Variants

    • Sex trade
    • Trade, Sex
    • Work, Sex
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  • Sources

    • found: Work cat: Sex work matters : exploring money, power, and intimacy in the sex industry, 2010(OCoLC)430839580
    • found: Sex work : labour, mobility, and sexual services, 2013(OCoLC)815383079
    • found: Art & architecture thesaurus, viewed July 7, 2022(sex workers; Note: Persons who are paid or routinely employed to provide sexual services, or performances, as in the pornography industry, or as a prostitute. The term is often used to avoid or reduce negative connotations of such work, to indicate agency in the activity performed, or to evoke less charged service industries.)
    • found: GLTB Historical Society website, viewed on July 7, 2022:article entitled "PRIMARY SOURCE SET: SEX WORK" (Sex work can include people who provide sex for money directly, as well as people who make pornography and erotica, dance in strip clubs, answer phone-sex lines, offer sexual content online via webcam, and more. The term "sex work" is credited to activist Carol Leigh, aka Scarlot Harlot. It is used to acknowledge the labor of sex work and to destigmatize the work of individuals engaged in the industry.)
    • found: Homosaurus vocabulary site, viewed on July 7, 2022(Sex work; the exchange of sexual services, performances, or products for material compensation; includes activities involving direct physical contact between buyers and sellers, as well as indirect sexual stimulation; RT Sex industry; Erotic massage)
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered works on the exchange of sexual services, performances, or products for material compensation.
  • History Notes

    • [Established December 2022.]
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  • Change Notes

    • 2022-08-15: new
    • 2022-12-22: revised
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