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Socialize Backpage

Who wants to be neighbors with sex workers? For a time anyway in New York, the American Communist Party did, or had to, share a building with a brothel. Gay Talese has a marvelous little bit about this in his classic participant-journo account of the American sexual revolution, Thy Neighbor’s Wife, that also gives some […]

Happy Hookers

Sex workers and their would-be saviors. The following books were not published in 1972: The Happy Secretary, The Happy Nurse, The Happy Napalm Manufacturer, The Happy President, The Happy Yippie, The Happy Feminist. The memoir of a Manhattan madam was. The Happy Hooker climbed best-seller lists that year, selling over sixteen million copies. When it […]

Melissa Gira Grant

Melissa Gira Grant, a Jacobin contributing editor, has written for Jezebel, Slate, and the Guardian.