Page Count: 294
Publication Date: July 2015
“Mothers, Mothering and Sex Work is a much-needed intervention that
illuminates the intersectional challenges facing mothers involved in sex
work, and their children, extended families and communities. Taking a
transdisciplinary approach, the creative-critical anthology engages with
the resistance, resilience, joy and humour that sex-working mothers
demonstrate in the face of stigma, oppression and sex work-phobic
—Ummni Khan, Associate Professor, Carleton University
“This path-breaking anthology challenges readers and scholars to re- think their notions of mother work and sex work. Sex work is more than
sex, and mothering is much more than an ‘occupational hazard’ of sex
work. Whether they’ve borne children or not, the contributors reveal
the many ways that women on society’s margins are governed through
shame, stigma, economic precarity, welfare discipline, and carceral re- gimes. Mothers, Mothering and Sex Work draws out, in multidisciplinary fashion, the consanguinities of gendered labor under racialized patriarchy
and neoliberal capitalism. This is required reading that demands
—Melinda (Mindy) Chateauvert, Author of Sex Workers Unite! A History of the Movement from Stonewall to Slutwalk
“This book will undoubtedly be a great resource for current and former
sex workers who need to see themselves represented somewhere in
the culture they live in, as well as for sensitive outsiders who would like
to gain more reliable information about sex work than any mainstream
television documentary or magazine article is likely to provide. A short
review can’t do justice to this book. you’ll simply have to read it your- self.”
—Jean Hillabold, Instructor, Department of English, University of Regina
1. Introduction – Rebecca Bromwich and Monique Marie DeJong
2. Cosi Fabian, “The first Companion”
3. Marie Hald, “Bonnie, a life in prostitution”
4. Gordana Eldjupovic, Alison Granger-Brown, Amanda Staller, Steven Moore, “The Spectrum of Motherhood” Cdn. Scholarly.
5. Michael Ochs Archives, Portrait of May Angelou as Dancer (Getty Images)
6. Maya Angelou, excerpts from Gather Together in My Name Literary.
7. Kristine Vandenburg, “Intersections of Violence, Space, Motherhood, and Culture in the Sexual Assault of Sex Workers” Scholarly.
8. Alice Munro, “Voices” Cdn. Literary.
9. Monique Marie DeJong, “Cosmic Creatrix,” Poem and Painting. Literary.
10. Rebecca Bromwich, “Maternal Thinking About Adolescent Mothers Engaged in Sex Work: Towards Alternatives to ‘Secure Care’” Cdn. Scholarly.
11. Elizabeth Cunningham, excerpts from The Maeve Chronicles. Literary.
12. Shiloh Sophia, “Love Called My Name,” painting and poem. Literary.
13. The Red Umbrella Collective, “Red Umbrella Babies: By Sex Worker Parents and Their Children” Cdn. Scholarly.
14. Rebecca Bromwich, “All At Once”
15. Besi Muhonja, “For My Children” Literary.
16. Valandra, “Protective and Proactive Mothering: Prostituted African American Mothers’ use of Intergenerational Family Networks” Scholarly.
17. Jessie Maley, “Chained Heart” Literary.
18. Aphrodite Phoenix, “Breaks”. Literary.
19. Ariana Ochoa Camacho, “The Border Brothels and Sex Trafficking: Untangling Discourses from a Sex Work Frame”.Scholarly.
20. Anonymous, “Mama Tiger Rising”Cdn. Literary.
21. Ogilvy & Mather Beunos Aires, “Street Corner Moms,” Ad Campaign.
22. Elizabeth Trejos, “ Motherhood and Sex Work: A Negotiation of Identities”Scholarly.