Casting Stones: Prostitution and Liberation in Asia and the United States
Religion and society have both cast stones at prostitutes, seeing them as archetypal sinners and blaming them for their situation. Brock and Thistlethwaite, after many years of research, travel, and interviews, offer this cross-cultural study. They compare and highlight structures that sustain prostitution as a global system of exploitation of the most vulnerable in the United States as well as Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Taiwan.
This structural analysis is then submitted to a theological critique of doctrines of sin and karma, the traditional rubrics under which religion (in this instance, Christianity and Buddhism) has considered prostitution. The heart of their project is rethinking the deeper cultural and religious notions of sexuality, power, and violence that undergird sexual exploitation. New approaches to prostitution through religious and social change are proposed.
Brock and Thistlethwaite make the case to all persons of conscience that prostitution is a serious social justice issue, and they suggest modes of analysis and practical ways to make a difference. They demand each reader to ask, "Who am I to cast the first stone? "
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- Depth 1
- Format Paperback
- Height 9
- ISBN 9780800629793
- Publisher Fortress Press
- Pages 392
- Width 6
- Publication Date Sep 23, 1996
"A book of extraordinary courage. Brock and Thistlethwaite tackle a problem that many feminists know, but few dare to pursue because it is too raw, too painful. This is the first multicultural and multiracial theological reflection on prostitution from a global perspective. Must reading for anyone interested in feminism, religion, and global justice."
Kwok Pui-Ian, Episcopal Divinity School
Table of Contents
- Sex and the Female Body
- Shooting for Fun and Seeking Salvation
- If Women Counted: The Economics of the Sex Industry
- Prostitution and the Law
- Power and Prostitution: The Social/Psychological Dynamics of the Sex Industry
- Tricks, Trauma, and Terror: The Psychological Impacts of Prostitution
PART II: A LIBERATION RESPONSE
- Jokes, Lies, and Stereotypes: Introduction to a Liberation Analysis of Prostitution
- Lying in the Beds We Do Not Make: Sin, Karma, and the Sex Industry
- Movements of Grace and Compassion
- Strategies for Change and Solidarity: What Are We to Do?
Appendix: Men in Prostitution
Introduction: The Loathsome Thing
PART I: A SYSTEMIC ANALYSIS OF PROSTITUTION IN ASIA AND THE UNITED STATES