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July 27, 2009

Hos, hookers, call girls

HOS, HOOKERS, CALL GIRLS, AND RENT BOYS: Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money, and Sex.  Edited by David Henry Sterry (author of The New York Times Bestseller Chicken) and R.J. Martin, JR.

From the back cover: “Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys strips away the giltter and stiletto heels, the myths, prejudices, and misperceptions, and humanizes the men and women whom we pay for sex.  They are PhDs and dropouts, soccer moms and jailbirds, $2,500-a-night call girls and $25 rent boys.  This anthology gives voice to an underrepresented population simultaneously reviled and worshipped.”

An excellent description of an excellent new book.  Educate yourself and have fun too ( see chapter “I Was a Birthday Present for an Eighty-Two-Year-Old Grandmother”)!  With writing by Dr. Annie Sprinkle, Xaviera Hollander, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Georgina Spelvin, and many more, this is a must-read you’ll really enjoy– and its super-short chapters (the shortest are a paragraph, the longest are a couple of pages) make for great beach-reading!

Available at In Other Words for $15.95.s

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  1. J. Ice permalink
    October 1, 2009 3:27 pm

    Some very important information from SAGE’s directors for people who support sex workers rights.

    “Dear Colleagues & Allies of The SAGE Project,

    Recently a book titled, Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys was published by Soft Skull Press. This book is being promoted as a “bestseller” in Borders, on the New York Times, Amazon, and on “sex worker” websites as a book supported by SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation, On August 23rd, the New York Times published a review of the book which states that the editors, David Henry Sterry and R. J. Martin Jr., are currently affiliated with the SAGE Project. We want to share with you a letter that we have sent to the New York Times to address the fact that these two individuals are no longer affiliated with the organization.

    We are outraged by the way this publication has been marketed and the method through which its content was secured; the book does not honor client confidentiality, naming clients currently and formerly engaged in our programs. One individual happened to stumble upon the book in a writing group and was surprised to find stories she had written in the publication. She, like many of our SAGE clients continues to be connected with the organization and her resilience and strength do not appear in the book. No effort was made to contact her prior to publication. We are writing to you, our allies and colleagues, to let you know that SAGE’s mission and work have not changed. We stand committed to our goal to bring an end to the trauma, pain, and degradation inflicted by commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. We will update you as we move forward in addressing this issue. The SAGE Project, Inc.

    ——————————————————————————– Editor The New York Times Book Review Sir or Madame: We are writing to clarify statements and inferences that appeared in Toni Bentley’s review of Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys (August 23, 2009). The SAGE Project is an internationally recognized human rights organization that provides important and life-saving services for children and adults in the San Francisco area. The ultimate “project” of SAGE is to help bring about an end to commercial sexual exploitation of adults and children. Commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking are inherently harmful and have long-term negative impacts on their victims, from trauma, to physical/health implications, to socio-economic effects. SAGE does not support any system of commercial sexual exploitation. Seventy-five percent of our staff members are survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and all of our programs are survivor centered. The book’s authors, R. J. Martin and David Sterry have no current connection with the SAGE Project. Mr. Martin was SAGE’s Development Director but left to pursue other interests at the end of 2006. Mr. Sterry was a SAGE board member from 2004 to 2006. We have not given any permission to the authors of this book to connect SAGE with their publication. We are outraged by this misprint and want to emphasize the importance of making this correction in next Sunday’s Review.

    Very truly yours, Francine Braae Allen Wilson Co-Executive Directors”


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