Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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Alternating gender roles in sex work
Paula Sánchez Perera

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Date: 2015-09-25 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-08


Facing the formal feminism distinctly abolitionist, prosex approach hold the basis that the patriarchal component of the prostitution is basically related with stigma. The stigma is a mechanism of control that exercises over women’s sexuality, dividing and classifying the women into two types of groups: the good ones (wives, mothers) and the ones considered bad, indecent, and promiscuous. So, being considered a woman who deserves to be respected and protected is built under threat of not being mixed up with a prostitute. In this way, the stigma accomplishes at least three functions: indicate to women which and where her place is, break down the gender solidarity and silence the sex workers. It hides the stereotypes that hurts and damages their reality and impedes the knowledge about the myths that hold up the male sexuality.

Gathering life histories and making a philosophical analysis about gender construction, my research attempts to show how prostitution makes the roles and order gender unstable. On one hand, exercising the prostitution, sex workers confiscate male morality and this implies a change in the gender roles. On the other hand, it brings the patriarchal society basis into question: sex and romantic love are separated; sex in exchange for money, symbol of emancipation so they gain power fee and freedom. Precisely because the negative conditions that sex workers suffer principally due to the stigma, my research attempts to develop an alternative interpretation in order to achieve the sex workers’ empowerment.