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.   


  • The Ethnography of Prostitution: New International Perspectives - 2010

    Prominent US sociologist Weitzer reviews books on sex work. he says 'The best recent research on prostitution is  ethnographic and centered outside the United States. The books under review are multi faceted, rich, novel contributions to the  literature, throwing a spotlight on previously hidden worlds. Each presents a microcosm of commercial sex that is linked to macro-level structures. And each focuses on indoor prostitution, a welcome counterbalance to the voluminous literature on street prostitution.'

  • A study of men who pay for sex, based on the Norwegian National Sex Surveys - 2010

    [This study] estimates the prevalence, time trends and factors associated with paid sex among men. Methods: Norwegian Sex Surveys using similar questions in 1992, 1997 and 2002 were analyzed using a cohort analysis and logistic regression. The questionnaires included demographic background, and several aspects of sexual behaviour. The following questions on paid sex were included:

  • Analysis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Related Activities in Round 8 and 9 Proposals - 2010

    This document from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (the Fund), authored by Adam Graham, analyses HIV proposals to the Fund in Rounds 8 and 9.

    It focuses on men who have sex with men, sex workers and transgendered people and looks at levels of participation and representation, the evidence base and service delivery.

  • Bibliography of Transgender Articles - 2010
  • Brazilian national response to HIV/AIDS amongst sex workers - 2010

    The specific objectives of the study were to explore and analyze consistencies and mismatches between existing official Brazilian policy guidelines and program implementation in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and health care among female sex workers.

    Data analysis and major findings discussed throughout the report are organized around five major themes as follows:

    1) STD/HIV/AIDS prevention policies and programs directed at sex workers evolved in the last two decades;

  • Claims to Protection: The Rise and Fall of Feminist Abolitionism in the League of Nations' Committee on the Traffic in Women and Children, 1919–1936? - 2010

    This article examines the League of Nations Advisory Committee on the Trafficking of Women and Children (CTW) to assess the impact of international feminists on the interwar anti-sex trafficking movement. It argues that women who were firmly embedded in the transnational and international women's rights movement built a coalition on the CTW to ensure the prominence of the feminist abolitionist position of sex trafficking in the 1920s.

  • Creative space workshop for Wonetha members - 2010

    WONETHA held a Creative Space Workshop for its members from 26th to 28th May 2010. The purpose of the workshop was to conduct learning sessions that are tailored for the needs of WONETHA Members who are sex workers, to enable them improve themselves, their interpersonal skills, self esteem, self development, and self awareness. The learning sessions tapped into the natural gifts and talents of the members through the use of learning methods that employed music, dance drama, art, poetry and story telling.

  • En la Calle: sex work in Quito - 2010

     A blog by Anna Wilkins an anthropologist working in Quito. 

  • Falling through the cracks: contraceptive needs of female sex workers in Cambodia and Laos(,). - 2010

    Condom is the only method promoted for dual protection among female sex workers (FSWs) in most Asian countries, which may be insufficient to prevent pregnancies given FSWs' high frequency of sexual intercourse.Data were obtained from independent cross-sectional surveillance surveys conducted in Cambodia and Laos.

  • From Client to Pimp: Male Violence Against Female Sex Workers - 2010

    Article by Karandikar S and Próspero M in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Vol. 25, No. 2, 257-273 (2010). The study explores intimate partner violence (IPV) among female sex workers from the red-light area based in Mumbai, India. Using a grounded theory approach, in-depth interviews were conducted with ten sex workers to explore their experiences of IPV in the context of commercial sex work. Narratives were analyzed and themes constructed.

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