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Sex Work and Sexual Slavery
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Is nightclub hostessing sex work? A=yes B=no C=maybe
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Prostitution Why is prostitution the “oldest profession?” What assumptions about women and men underlie the prevalence of prostitution?
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Does prostitution exist because men need sex? A=yes B=no C=maybe
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Does prostitution exist because economic conditions force women into it? A=yes B=no C=maybe
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Does prostitution exist because of the double standard? A=yes B=no C=maybe
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Challenging traditional explanations: 19 th century U.S.
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“Fallen women”
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Racialized sexuality and prostitution
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Fighting Prostitution: N.Y. Female Moral Reform Society, 1834 Radical nature of efforts for respectable women Economic alternatives Blame placed on men
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Changing conceptions of prostitution: 19 th -century England
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The struggle over regulation Contagious Diseases Acts, 1864-1869 Ladies’ National Association
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Prostitution as more than sex: colonial (19 th century) Nairobi Different structures, different forms: Watembezi Wazi-wazi Malaya
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Sex work as (good) work: contemporary sex workers Range of sex work: dance halls to streetwalking
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Life as a “Live! Nude! Girl!”
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Unformatted text preview: Las Vegas stripper Stephanie (Trixie) Voices of sex workers • Sex workers’ organizations: COYOTE • Professional identity • Unionization Do you think sex work can be legitimate work? • A=yes • B=no Do you think sex work can be legitimate work? Women only • A=yes • B=no • C=I’m not a woman Do you think sex work can be legitimate work? Men only • A=yes • B=no • C=I’m not a man Does it matter if sex work is prostitution v. stripping? • A=yes • B=no • C=maybe Unionization at the Lusty Lady: film clip from Live Nude Girls Unite! Another side of the story: sexual slavery • Film clip, Sisters and Daughters Betrayed • Trafficking in context of global labor migration So is sex work to sexual slavery as the First World is to the Third? Sex as work, sex as slavery • Sex has different meanings in different contexts • Double standard central to structure and responses to prostitution and sex work • Sex work and sexual slavery shaped by inequalities and global forces • But the issue is complex, and we need to think about agency v. victimhood...
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