Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Sex Work is Work

Class

Article

College

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Mentor

Mehmet Soyer

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

This article will define the context in which sex work is referred to along with the different types of sex work including: prostitution, dancing, and the pornography industry. Sex work has had its place in American Society for centuries. Constantly going through the rollercoaster ride of the negative stigmatization surrounding this work, sex work has remained functional and adaptable throughout generations. The history of sex work along with a sociological explanation of the rise and fall of the “golden age” of sex work is presented. An analysis of sex work displays the various categories under prostitution, dancing, and pornography. Through utilization of Merton’s theory of Anomie, Latent and Manifest Functions and Dysfunctions, along with Albert Badura’s Social Learning Theory explanations and understanding of sex work are highlighted in the pursuit of minimizing the negative social stigmatization of sex work and sex workers. Sex work is work, but it takes understanding of the deviance to enact change surrounding the profession.

Location

Room 154

Start Date

4-12-2018 10:30 AM

End Date

4-12-2018 11:45 AM

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Sex Work is Work

Room 154

This article will define the context in which sex work is referred to along with the different types of sex work including: prostitution, dancing, and the pornography industry. Sex work has had its place in American Society for centuries. Constantly going through the rollercoaster ride of the negative stigmatization surrounding this work, sex work has remained functional and adaptable throughout generations. The history of sex work along with a sociological explanation of the rise and fall of the “golden age” of sex work is presented. An analysis of sex work displays the various categories under prostitution, dancing, and pornography. Through utilization of Merton’s theory of Anomie, Latent and Manifest Functions and Dysfunctions, along with Albert Badura’s Social Learning Theory explanations and understanding of sex work are highlighted in the pursuit of minimizing the negative social stigmatization of sex work and sex workers. Sex work is work, but it takes understanding of the deviance to enact change surrounding the profession.