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Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution

by Rachel Moran

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A strong indictment of prostitution, interwoven with the author's personal experiences as a prostituted child, then woman. Especially powerful is Moran's discussion of the alienation she felt both as a child and as a prostitute, and how this kept her trapped in prostitution. She also offers an excellent explanation of dissociation and its relationship to sexual trauma. Despite her compelling story, the narrative occasionally felt rambly, and I could have done without the repeated exaltation of heterosexual relating in the last few chapters. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in a critique of prostitution by a woman who lived it first-hand. I will probably reread the nonfiction, non-memoir [b:Not a Choice, Not a Job|16292060|Not a Choice, Not a Job Exposing the Myths about Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade|Janice G. Raymond|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1421140129s/16292060.jpg|22419060] to better place Ireland's sex industry in the global picture.
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
This is not a well written book. But the very problems with the writing style show how it has been pulled out of her depths. Very moving and thought provoking. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393351971, Paperback)

An astonishingly brave memoir of prostitution and its lingering influence on a woman’s psyche and life.

“The best work by anyone on prostitution ever, Rachel Moran’s Paid For fuses the memoirist’s lived poignancy with the philosopher’s conceptual sophistication. The result is riveting, compelling, incontestable. Impossible to put down. This book provides all anyone needs to know about the reality of prostitution in moving, insightful prose that engages and disposes of every argument ever raised in its favor.” ―Catharine A. MacKinnon, law professor, University of Michigan and Harvard University

Born into a troubled family, Rachel Moran left home at the age of fourteen. Being homeless, she was driven into prostitution to survive. With intelligence and empathy, she describes the exploitation she and others endured on the streets and in the brothels. Moran also speaks to the psychological damage inherent to prostitution and the inevitable estrangement from one’s body. At twenty-two, Moran escaped the sex trade. She has since become a writer and an abolitionist activist.

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Born into a troubled family, Moran left home at the age of fourteen, and was driven into prostitution to survive. With intelligence and empathy, she describes the exploitation she and others endured on the streets and in the brothels. Moran also speaks to the psychological damage inherent to prostitution and the inevitable estrangement from one's body. At twenty-two, Moran escaped the sex trade, and now explores its lingering influence on a woman's psyche and life.… (more)

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