Stock Image

Getting Screwed

Bass, Alison

Published by University Press of New England
ISBN 10: 1611686342 / ISBN 13: 9781611686340
New / Hardcover / Quantity Available: 3
From Kennys Bookstore (Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book
Add to basket
List Price:
Price: 26.11
Convert Currency
Shipping: 0
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

Save for Later

About the Book

Bibliographic Details

Title: Getting Screwed

Publisher: University Press of New England

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New


Vivid narrative-driven account of how current U.S. laws against prostitution harm sex workers, clients, and society Num Pages: 256 pages. BIC Classification: 1KBB; 3JM; JFMX. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 234 x 160 x 25. Weight in Grams: 544. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781611686340

About this title:

Synopsis: Alison Bass weaves the true stories of sex workers with the latest research on prostitution into a gripping journalistic account of how women (and some men) navigate a culture that routinely accepts the implicit exchange of sex for money, status, or even a good meal, but imposes heavy penalties on those who make such bargains explicit. Along the way, Bass examines why an increasing number of middle-class white women choose to become sex workers and explores how prostitution has become a thriving industry in the twenty-first-century global economy. Situating her book in American history more broadly, she also discusses the impact of the sexual revolution, the rise of the Nevada brothels, and the growing war on sex trafficking after 9/11.

Drawing on recent studies that show lower rates of violence and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, in regions where adult prostitution is legal and regulated, Bass makes a powerful case for decriminalizing sex work. Through comparisons of the impact of criminalization vs. decriminalization in other countries, her book offers strategies for making prostitution safer for American sex workers and the communities in which they dwell.

This riveting assessment of how U.S. anti-prostitution laws harm the public health and safety of sex workers and other citizens?and affect larger societal attitudes toward women?will interest feminists, sociologists, lawyers, health-care professionals, and policy makers. The book also will appeal to anyone with an interest in American history and our society?s evolving attitudes toward sexuality and marriage.

About the Author: ALISON BASS is an award-winning author, journalist, and professor. A long-time medical and science writer for the Boston Globe, Bass now teaches journalism at the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University. Her previous nonfiction book Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial won the National Association of Science Writers? Science in Society Award in 2009.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bookseller & Payment Information

Payment Methods

This bookseller accepts the following methods of payment:

  • American Express
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

[Search this Seller's Books]

[List this Seller's Books]

[Ask Bookseller a Question]

Bookseller: Kennys Bookstore
Address: Olney, MD, U.S.A.

AbeBooks Bookseller Since: 09 October 2009
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating

Terms of Sale:

We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web
sites. If you're dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as
Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn't arrived, you're eligible for a refund
within 30 days of the estimated delivery date. For any queries please use the contact seller link or send an email to,

Conor Kenny

Shipping Terms:

All books securely packaged. Some books ship from Ireland.

Store Description: We carry a comprehensive range of out of print and rare books.