Australian sex worker Elena Jeffreys has written a review essay for Intersections about four books written by non-sex workers about sex work. She features Tiantian Zheng’s Red Lights:
Zheng proposes that it is too simplistic to conclude, as Pan Suimin did, that clients only see sex workers for reasons of sexual pleasure. Rather the Chinese men in Dalian see sex workers as a foil to impotence and proof of their strength against China’s condemnation of promiscuity. Participants of sex work, clients and workers, are struggling against dominant social conditioning.
Read the entire essay here.