Gender and Sexuality

We explore commercial sex as enmeshed in power relationships and economies of desire that are inherent within all sexualities.

Contemporary gender and sexuality studies have much to offer the study of sex work which involves men, women and transgenders as buyer and sellers of sexual services. 

Recent work on the production of sexual subjectivities under neoliberalism highlights the potential of a political economy approach to sex work - one that goes beyond debates about coercion and choice to understand better the structures of constraint and scenarios of agency within which sex is bought, sold and traded.   


  • Diversity of commercial sex among men and male-born trans people in three Peruvian cities - 2011

    An article in Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, Volume 13, Issue 10.

    In Peru, commercial sex involving men and male-born travestis, transgenders and transsexuals (CSMT) is usually represented as a dangerous practice carried out on the streets by people experiencing economic hardship and social exclusion. However, in reality little is known about the complexities of this practice in Peru.

  • Draft of new Global Declaration on the Rights of Sex Workers - 2011

     The following is a draft declaration on sex workers rights and introductory article. Thank you very much to those who made inputs. 

    The process  used to develop this was to copy the ICRSE declaration format and cut and paste material from all documents together into the sections then edit them down to about 20% of the length. This means that the document attached comprises sentences and bits of sentences from various documents by sex workers and allies. 

  • Feminism, power and sex work in the context of HIV/AIDS: Consequences for women's health - 2011

    Article in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Vol 34, p225 - 258.

  • Gay community, sex workers, health care providers, the police and legal representatives join in to mark IDAHO - 2011

    Kenyans, drawn from the gay and lesbian community, male and female sex workers, representatives of the police force, health care providers and also legal professionals came together to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)in Kisumu, Kenya.

  • HIV and Sex Work in Cambodia - 2011

    Cambodia is internationally recognized for having successfully reduced its HIV prevalence among the general population from about 3% in 1997 to 0.7% in 2009. Sex work played a significant role in the spread of the HIV epidemic during the nineties. Since 1999, HIV prevalence has declined among direct and indirect sex workers, although levels remain high. The 100% condom use promotion strategy has been credited for having played a major role in the decline of HIV.

  • HIV-related risk behaviors among kathoey (male-to-female transgender) sex workers in Bangkok, Thailand. - 2011

    Based on combined methods, this study investigated substance use and HIV risk behaviors among kathoey sex workers (KSWs) in Bangkok, Thailand. The study found that only half of the KSW participants reported having been tested for HIV, and that except for one participant, all others had not seen health care providers in the past 12 months. About one third of the participants reported having engaged in unprotected anal sex with customers in the past six months.

  • Indigenous Peoples In the Sex Trade - Speaking For Ourselves - 2011

    By the Native Youth Sexual Health Network on Thursday, June 9, 2011.

    We as Indigenous peoples who have current and/or former life experience in the sex trade and sex industries met on unceeded Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver on Monday April 11th 2011. In a talking circle organized by the Native Youth Sexual Health Network we wish to share the following points about our collective discussion so that we may speak FOR ourselves and life experiences:

  • Loverboys in the Amsterdam Red Light District: A realist approach to the study of a moral panic - 2011

    An article in Crime Media Culture August 2011 vol. 7 no. 2 185-199.

  • Men and Development: Politicizing Masculinities - 2011

    'Men and Development: Politicizing Masculinities'  includes a chapter entitled 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Constructions of Masculinity and Contemporary Understandings of Sex Work' that looks at men as buyers and sellers of sex and desconstructs the myth of the 'pimp'.

  • MSM sex-workers in Hanoi: High risk behaviors and barriers to HIV prevention - 2011

    This is a study of 150 MSM sex workers who were interviewed by quantitative questionnaires, 24 in-depth interviews with 8 MSM sex workers, 3 clients of MSM sex workers, 6 doctors of VCT/STIs services and 4
    with EEs with MSM sex work and 3 MSM peer educators.

    It concludes that

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