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Lecture "If Sex Work is Work, What Kind of Work Is It?" Camille Barbagallo

Friday, 4 March, 2016 - 19:00
Amazone
Middaglijnstraat 10, 1210 Brussel (Metro: Kruidtuin)
Avonden van Sophia, in samenwerking met l'Atelier Genre(s) et Sexualité(s) (ULB), l'Observatoire du sida et des sexualités (Saint-Louis) en RHEA (VUB)
026148233
Sarah.Bracke@vub.ac.be
Evening Lecture

Avonden van Sophia,
in samenwerking met l'Atelier Genre(s) et Sexualité(s) (ULB), l'Observatoire du sida et des sexualités (Saint-Louis) en RHEA (VUB)
http://sophia.be/index.php/nl/events/view/2370

"If Sex Work is Work, What Kind of Work Is It?" Camille Barbagallo, Goldsmith College, London

The feminist debate about how to orientate towards the sex industry and in particular prostitution is often polarised and entrenched. On one side are radical feminists who claim that the selling and purchase of sex constitutes violence against women and campaign to abolish the sex industry. On the other side of the debate are those in the sex worker rights movement who conceive of such labour as work and call for greater labour and human rights for sex workers. In this talk the work of sex is discussed within the Marxist feminist concept of reproductive labour and sexualised labour is considered within broader trends of the commodification of reproduction. The dynamics of race and migration that structure the globalised sex industry are also interrogated through considering how campaigns to decriminalise and regulate the sex industry often work against the interests of undocumented migrant sex workers