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Love for Sale

A World History of Prostitution
Sprecher: Kahlil Joseph
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From the Whore of Babylon to The Happy Hooker, eminent historian Nils Johan Ringdal has written a masterly, extremely readable world history of the world's oldest profession, spanning a wide historical swathe armed with a lively wit. Beginning with The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Old Testament, and ancient cultures from Greece to India and beyond, Love for Sale takes the listener on a tour through the entire recorded history of prostitution up to the modern red-light district. It shows how different societies have dealt with prostitutes: ancient Greece, Rome, and India incorporated them into several social echelons, including the priestess class; their close relations with artists in 19th-century Europe made them muses to the modern sensibility; the Victorians campaigned against them. It shows the similarities between medieval European heterosexuals and contemporary gay men when visiting public baths, gives lively commentary on the classic Fanny Hill and on Emma Goldman's and Eva Peron's sympathy for prostitutes, and closes with Sydney Biddle Barrows, the rise of the sex-workers' rights movement and contemporary "sex-positive" feminism, and a realistic look at the true risks and rewards of prostitution in the present day.

©1997, 2004 1997, 2004 by Nils Johan Ringdal. Danish edition 1998 by Tiderne Skifter. Translation copyright 2004 by Richard Daly. This English translation ispublished by arrangement with Tiderne Skifter, Copenhagen, and the financial support ofNORLA Non-Fiction is gratefully acknowledged. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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