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The Sex Myth: Why Everything We're Told is Wrong Paperback – 3 May 2012
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She accomplishes this heroic task with humour, skill and passion in a book that is as entertaining as it is erudite (Catherine Hakin THE OBSERVER 2012-04-15)
An important book... exactly the kind of level-headed analysis that could help to dispel some of the hysteria surrounding the sex industry (Suzi Godson THE TIMES 2012-04-16)
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You can tell a book by the quality of its references, and as you would expect from a doctor in epidemiology, the argument is grounded in robust evidence.
She convincingly destroys, for example, the myths that rapes rise in districts with strip clubs, and that there is a huge "trafficking sex trade." The myths are not only wrong but the mis-information positively damages effective efforts to reduce rape and trafficking.
So it is good reading and if you are interested in social issues, essential, to consider evidence before arguing for policy.
The main topics covered and their treatment are an excellent demolition-job on the the "patriarchal religious power-structure". Having seen broadcast interviews with Dr Magnanti discussing various social topics, she clearly runs rings around most who claim to be "experts", who in reality "sing for their supper" peddling worn-out orthodoxies. It had to happen soon - having an intellect orders-of-magnitude (10's or 100's or more of times) more agile and far-reaching than most orthodox "experts", while being a female who has joyfully engaged in financial exchanges for sex - as well as a lot of other sex - and it's good it has happened.
The area of maximum effort of the three main patriarchal faiths is sex and sexual interactions in society and between humans - hence the title of the book and main topics covered. So the book and its author, demolishing the underpinning fictions, must be controversial and be the target of vitriolic attack.
I reckon Dr Magnanti's book is rewarding and meaningful across quite a range of starting-points a reader might have.
If the book would be "preaching to the converted", the clarity with which methodology is explained, example cases are developed and how logically incorrect arguments are created make the book worthwhile.
If you come along having been previously accepting of presented "evils" structured around sex - "prostitution", "pornography" etc - the treatment should be food-for-thought.
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