Sites of Resistance: Black Femme Sexuality and the Creation of Alternative Spaces in Sex Work

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Jackson, Jalessah, “Sites of Resistance: Black Femme Sexuality and the Creation of Alternative Spaces in Sex Work,” Scholar@Simmons, accessed March 31, 2020, https://beatleyweb.simmons.edu/scholar/items/show/79.

Title

Sites of Resistance: Black Femme Sexuality and the Creation of Alternative Spaces in Sex Work

Creator

Jackson, Jalessah

Date

2017

Description

In this project, I highlight sites of resistance created by Black femmes through their participation in the sex work industry. My lens of analysis expands upon critical race, Black feminist, as well as transnational feminist frameworks to challenge the monolithic representation of sex workers as victims by complicating the ways in which we understand women’s agency, choices in work, and precarious sites of desire. I posit that it is a white supremacist capitalist agenda to position white men as the gatekeepers to women’s financial security, success, and happiness as a means to control them. I also suggest that anti-sex work feminist activism is merely a function of white supremacy and imperialism. Therefore, my work has two objectives: (1): I position that Black femme’s participation in sex work can be read as their attempt to sever ties with both white ownership and rule, and I do this by highlighting Black femme’s participation in sex work as a means to shift material resources to benefit themselves and their families, and (2): I will address the ways in which by reclaiming and owning their sexuality, Black femmes can and do create alternative spaces and sites of resistance within the sex work industry a subversive act. A few things this project does not aim do to; this project is not about femmes who are forced into sex work, femmes who work for pimps, or about victims of sex trafficking. This particular distinction in scholarship is paramount in the debate for sex worker rights.

Keywords: Black feminist thought, Black femme, sexuality, sex work, labor, sex industry, intersectionality

Publisher

Simmons College (Boston, Mass.)

Format

1 PDF (32 Pages)

Language

English

Type

Masters Theses