Organizing for Sex Workers' Rights in Montréal: Resistance and Advocacy

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Lexington Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.63 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Francine Tremblay teaches at Concordia University.
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.
Organizing for Sex Workers' Rights in Montréal is an innovative anddistinctive 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.
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.

In Organizing for sex workers' rights in Montreal: Resistance and Advocacy, Francine Tremblay takes readers through a journey of struggle and perseverance to explain the juxtaposition of sex workers and the labor economy. She masterfully weaves the narratives of sex workers with rich historical context of Montreal's sex-workers' rights movement. Tremblay highlights the commonalities between sex work and other occupations. She is unapologetic in her critique of prohibitionists and illustrates the struggle to legitimize, decriminalize and protect sex workers. It is evident that in her work she aims to protect the sex worker community as a whole and the families who love and support them.