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This chapter is the first of a final collection that takes up the promise made on a few occasions earlier in the book—namely, to slip into the delectable realm of paraphilias. Here I respond to open up, lubricate, massage, critique, and assess Avaren Ipsen’s Sex Working and the Bible (2009), one of the few books that offers a genuinely new way of reading biblical texts because it does so from outside the academy with its discourses of politeness and decorum. Or rather, it does so with one foot among prostitutes and sex worker activism and one foot—somewhat uncomfortably—within the academy. That this places Ipsen on the fringes of that strange, nerdy, world goes without saying.
KeywordsPreferential Option Historical Materialist Critical Plane Biblical Text Biblical Study
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