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The Naked Anthropologist

June 20, 2011

Laura Agustin, author of Sex at the Margins and “a lifelong migrant and sometime worker in both nongovernmental and academic projects about sex, travel and work”, discussed a new anti-prostitution video over on her blog, The Naked Anthropologist, yesterday.

In the one-minute video, the man (meant to be a sex worker though he looks anything but) doing the licking acts out feeling sickened by it. He brushes his teeth a lot. In contrast, the women throwing themselves back on his bed look quite pleased. Just how is this meant to discourage men from paying for sex? It seems possible that women seeing the film will think how great it would be if they could hire someone for oral sex, though they are always said to want a lot of cuddling and romancing first (which is a silly essentialising of ‘female’ desire). In any case, the psychology of this campaign certainly shows how anti-sex the campaigners are.

For many of you, the video is not safe for work, but her blog post is; the discussion in said post is priceless.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2011 10:04 am

    Hi, Jessica. I’m a writer in Victoria and did a recent piece on Google’s discrimination against the Turn Off the Blue Light Campaign. thought you might be interested in taking a look, so here’s the link to the Times Colonist paper where it ran. http://www.timescolonist.com/life/Jody+Paterson+Google+tramples+workers+rights/4999164/story.html

  2. June 27, 2011 10:18 am

    Hi Jody,

    Thanks for leaving a comment. Your article is wonderful. I posted it on my facebook and twitter, but hadn’t discussed it on this site. So, thank you very much for posting the link here. Excellent work!

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