Brothel

Brothel

Mustang Ranch and Its Women

Book - 2001
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When Harvard medical student Alexa Albert conducted a public-health study as the Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada, the only state in the union where prostitution is legal, neither she nor the brothel could have predicted the end result. Having worked with homeless prostitutes in Times Square, Albert was intimate with human devastation cause by the sex trade, and curious to see if Nevada's brothels offered a less harmful model for a business that will always be with us. The Mustang Ranch has never before given an outsider such access, but fear of AIDS was hurting the business, and the Ranch was eager to get publicity for its rigorous standards of sexual hygiene. Albert was drawn into the lives of the women of the Mustang Ranch, and what began as a public-health project evolved into something more intimate and ambitious, a six-year study of the brothel ecosystem, its lessons and significance. The women of the Mustang Ranch poured their stories out to Albert: how they came to be there, their surprisingly deep sense of craft and vocation, how they reconciled their profession with life on the outside. Dr. Albert went as far into this world as it is possible to go -- some will say too far -- including sitting in on sessions with customers, and the result is a book that puts an unforgettable face on America's maligned and caricatured subculture.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375503313
0375503315
Characteristics: 271 p. ; 25 cm

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Staggerwing
Aug 13, 2014

Alexa Albert invested a great deal of time and energy into the research for this book. She put herself on scene at the Mustang Ranch and other related environments.

After reading Good Time Girls by Lael Morgan I had a better understanding of how prostitution played a major role in developing areas of the country.

Brothel brings the reader into the emotional, physical, and environmental arena of the life of a professional licensed prostitute. It is easy to feel their emotions and relate to their lifestyle without ever having been involved in the world of prostitution.

After reading the book I would be supportive or more brothels throughout the country because I feel they are safer for the prostitute and the johns. We will never rid our society of sex in exchange for money so we should stop pretending that will happen and do our best to protect everyone...including the innocent significant others that have no idea their partners are involved in sexually contact with those who have multiple partners with no licensing or health and disease check-ups. Brothels are far better than having street hookers that we are finding beaten, dead, and diseased.

Education on any subject will often change our views. Dr. Albert has provided and excellent education with this book and we all need to have a better understanding of this socially taboo subject. A subject we literally cannot afford to ignore any longer.

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