Are You Ready to Be Surveilled Like a Sex Worker?
by Olivia Snow
A moral panic over sex trafficking has justified the development of an extensive electronic infrastructure of surveillance and punishment of sex workers. These are the tools other women can expect to have used against them if they seek (or seek to learn about) abortions or associate online with others who do.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Racist Policing Has Roots in Controlling Sex Work
by Sarah A. Seo
Anne Gray Fischer's book shows that police policy toward sexuality in public space changed in ways that made Black women's public lives subject to increased control and that entrenched the discretion of police to stop people for suspected minor offenses that is associated with "broken windows" policing today.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
The Dehumanizing Logic of All the ‘Happy Ending’ Jokes
by Anne Anlin Cheng
"The figure of the eroticized-yet-degraded Asian woman can be readily found in movies and onstage. One of the most visibly racist, sexist, and inhuman tropes to emerge out of Western imperial history, this woman nonetheless hardly registers in the public consciousness as someone who has suffered discrimination.
SOURCE: The Baffler
Rage and Retribution
The bungled police statements after the Atlanta shootings reflect the way that moral panics about sexuality have historically worked to make Asian immigrant women the targets, rather than the protectees, of law enforcement.
SOURCE: New York Times
The Deep American Roots of the Atlanta Shootings
Emerging facts about the Atlanta shootings last week suggests that the incident reflects the sexualized portrayal of Asian women that grew out of colonialism and American military involvement in Asia.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Excluding Those in the Sex Industry from Covid-19 Relief is a Mistake
by Leah LaGrone
Government needs to back off making moral value judgments shaped by Christian values when it comes to women’s work, and instead to focus on the harsh economic reality facing millions of women.
SOURCE: The Daily Californian
Professor Juana María Rodríguez talks sex work’s history and the internet’s future
Although this humanities research project might read to many as a niche project in a small ethnic studies department, its cultural, political and technological implications loom large.
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