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My Journey Through Prostitution

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Born into a troubled family, Moran left home at the age of fourteen, and was driven into prostitution to survive. With intelligence and empathy, she describes the exploitation she and others endured on the streets and in the brothels. Moran also speaks to the psychological damage inherent to prostitution and the inevitable estrangement from one's body. At twenty-two, Moran escaped the sex trade, and now explores its lingering influence on a woman's psyche and life.
Publisher: ©2013
New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2015
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780393351972
0393351971
Characteristics: [xi], 295 pages ; 21 cm

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valery_lib Jul 31, 2017

This incredibly well written book was absolutely fascinating. Not only did Moran write an authentic memoir of her life experiences throughout prostitution, she successfully included thought provoking introspection and social studies to address her opinions. Her opinions are strong (and she doesn't shy away from them over the course of this book)... and they may not be completely shared with every reader, however, it is a breath of fresh air to have a memoir include opinions that are backed by social studies. Moran has successfully broken the divide between memoirs/biographies and more academically inclined social studies, giving us this incredibly innovative book.

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aday622
Oct 26, 2015

I just finished this book and found it quite outstanding. I found the comment below harsh and inaccurate, and suspect that the reader may have skimmed a few chapters vs. taking in Moran's whole story. The book is a fascinating look at Moran's life and journey into prostitution, as well as some very well-founded arguments on legalizing prostitution. She does a great job at balancing the strong sentiments resulting from her own horrific experiences with both older data and recent studies. I learned a lot and was grateful that Moran took the time to write this account, in spite of the difficulty of reliving such a dark part of her life. Very well written. You'd be hard-pressed to find a book on the topic written by a more apt and capable author!

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StarGladiator
Sep 05, 2015

This book is truly an exercise in pure rationalization whereby the author, Moran, blames everything on prostitution it seems, instead of the difficulties in her youth, and the lack of a viable social net in Dublin. Jane Fonda blurbs this book, and since I've never cared for infantilized Jane, I'm not surprised. Also, Andrea Dworkin blurbs it, an individual whom I've always considered to be one screwed up, warped personality [and no, always claiming to be a militant feminist does not excuse one's serious shortcomings]. Simply a an anti-prostituion book, could have been written by any rightwinger religionist. [Word to the wise: anti-sex personality types should avoid sex worker occupations, and devote their free time to visiting Dworkin.]

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