"Barbara M. Hobson . . . makes a compelling case for the reform of prostitution policy in . . . Uneasy Virtue. [This volume] demonstrates an effective analytical approach to understanding public policy and its impact on prostitution policy. . . .Uneasy Virtue proves particularly relevant today as right wing groups begin to guide discourse and influence policy around reproductive rights, sexuality and the future of gender equality. As Hobson proposes, the reform of prostitution polciy must be viewed in the broader context of the political and economic struggles to emancipate women and thereby create a more rational society."—Samuel Suchowlecky, Commentaries
This careful analysis of the politics of prostitution in the United States since the early 19th century demonstrates how American policy has swung radically from all-out campaigns against prostitution to sufferance of its existence. One constant has been the rejection of legalization and of official regulation. Hobson contends that the inability of American feminists to change the system is a direct result of their lack of political and economic power. Also included is a comparison of U.S. prostitution policy with approaches in Holland, Germany, and Sweden. One could wish for a less labored style. Still, a well-researched, detailed analysis, recommended for all women's studies collections. Sheila R. Herstein, City Coll. of CUNY Lib.