Monthly Archives: January 2012

Jon Milwards Blog: ‘Dirty Words’ and ‘Life of a Call Girl’

In October 2010 Jon Millward (journalist/writer/social commentator) carried out a textual analysis of over a million words used, in field reports, to descibe escorts by the men who had paid for them.  He looked at the frequency of descriptive words and plotted … Continue reading

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Imagining Women: Prostitution, the Aestheticization of the Whore and the Social Organization of Desire

Part three ‘Feminist Postmodernisms and Ethnographies of Difference: Between Modernity and Postmodernity’ of Maggie O’Neill’s book ‘Prostitution and Feminism: Towards a Politics of Feeling’ Looks at the ‘social organisation of desire and the aestheticization of the whore in contemporary society’. Drawing … Continue reading

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MOSEX

The Museum of Sex, New York On October 5th 2002 the Museum of Sex first opened its Fifth Avenue doors to an eager and curious public. The inaugural exhibition NYCSEX: How New York Transformed Sex in America presented work intended … Continue reading

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Tis Pity She’s A Whore – John Ford (1629)

Tis Pity She’s A Whore was and is a pretty shocking and controversial Jacobean tragedy written by John Ford about the incestuous passion and ultimate demise of the young noble Giovanni and his sister Annabella. The tragedy is wrought with supressed desire … Continue reading

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Role Exchange (1975) – Marina Abramovich

Yugoslavian born “Body Art” performance artist Marina Abramovic (known as the “grandmother of performance art”) performed’Role Exchange’ in 1975 where she exchanged places with a prostitute in Amsterdam’s red light district for a night. Marina had befriended and developed a … Continue reading

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Empowering, Degrading or a ‘Mutually Exploitative’ Exchange For Women?: Characterising the Power Relations of the Strip Club. Katy Pilcher

Essay by Katy Pilcher from the Journal of International Women’s Studies Vol. 10 #3 March 2009. extract: ‘This paper seeks to characterise the gendered and sexualised power relations of both female and male strip clubs, and to signal what this … Continue reading

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Have You Got Erotic Capital?

extract from an Article by Catherine Hakim for Prospect Magazine, 24th March 2010. ‘Have You Got Erotic Capital?   It can be just as valuable as a university degree—especially for women’ ‘Erotic capital goes beyond beauty to include sex appeal, charm and social … Continue reading

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