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Harlots, Whores & Hackabouts

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Photograph of a laptop on a desk, on the screen is a photographic portrait of Dr Kate Lister sat at a table with a selection of archive material from Wellcome Collection’s sex worker card collection laid out in front of her. Around the laptop is an open notebook and pen, a pile of books and pens in a pot. In the background are bookshelves.
Library Insights: Harlots, Whores & Hackabouts, Photo: Kathleen Arundell. Portrait: Thomas SG Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

Watch a recording of Kate Lister delving into the hidden history of the world’s oldest profession. Kate discusses her book and shares stories of those who sold sex for a living, in an entertaining and informative discussion. The conversation is sexually explicit.

Kate Lister’s book ‘Harlots, Whores & Hackabouts: A History of Sex for Sale’ was published by Wellcome Collection on 7 October 2021.



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Photographic black and white head and shoulders portrait of Dr Kate Lister.

Dr Kate Lister

Kate Lister is the creator of the award-winning online research project Whores of Yore, which seeks to build public engagement and disseminate research on the history of sex and sexuality through social media. She also lectures at Leeds Trinity University, and is widely published on the sex trade.