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Taboo By Fouzia Saeed

by Fouzia Saeed

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Takes the reader on a journey of discovery into the infamous red light district of Lahore, Pakistan, known as the Shahi Mohalla, or Heera Mandi (the market of diamonds). This book paints a picture of the phenomenon through the stories of the people living there: the musicians, the prostitutes, and their pimps, managers and customers.
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Taboo: The Hidden Culture of Red Light Area by Fouzia Saeed

This book takes you on a journey of discovery into the famous red light district of Shahi Mohalla in Lahore. The author tells her story through the lives of the people linked to the Shahi Mohalla: the prostitutes with their pimps, managers and customers, as well as the musicians and others. Through their stories, the book also highlights the contributions that these people have made to the world of the performing arts. Pakistani society has created and reinforced many myths to explain why prostitution has nothing to do with 'nice people'. These myths put all the blame on 'immoral' women who are responsible for tricking 'honest' men into sinful acts. Pakistani society has also strongly discouraged anyone from questioning these myths. By exposing the myths about prostitution, the book helps to eradicate a blind spot in our understanding of power relations experienced by all women throughout Pakistani society.

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Taboo Reviews

...a zealous study by a feminist committed to understanding and overturning male prejudices, government prescriptions, social and moral contradictions, and sexual discrimination. Social Anthropology Fouzia Saeed's work Taboo is a serious study of the power dynamics involved in prostitution in Pakistan ... she presents what she has seen without any judgements ... They say that the hallmark of a good book is that it changes the way you look at the world. Taboo makes one rethink the way one looks at prostitutes. The News, Pakistan

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Taboo: The Hidden Culture of Red Light Area by Fouzia Saeed
Fouzia Saeed
Used - Very Good
OUP Pakistan
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