Petra de Vries

is senior lecturer at the department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam.


Cover for: From slave to sex worker

From slave to sex worker

Feminist debates and prostitution politics in the Netherlands 1880-2000

Today’s approach to prostitution in the Netherlands reflects the currency of the concept of “agency” advocated by feminists since the 1980s. Yet while defining prostitution as “sex work” implies entitlements, it also glosses over gendered inequality, writes Petra de Vries. Can the abolitionist arguments of the nineteenth century provide the basis for an alternative?

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