‘Festival of Love’: Sexual pleasure, agency and its meaning in the lives of sex workers

ICRW_Festival of Love_FSW.pdf

The link between sexual pleasure and agency is poorly articulated in a disease-centric and disease prevention approaches to HIV. This 2008 report from ICRW-ARO is based on a project that dealt with issues of sexual pleasure, agency and its meaning in the lives of sex workers. It also explores masculinity and men’s role in sex work by examining sex workers accounts of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ clients and the varying masculinities they represent.

Drawing on existing research on gender, sexuality and HIV, this research study is based on the understanding that there is an urgent need to:

  • understand sex work and the varying experiences, vulnerabilities and perceptions of women involved in sex work
  • understand gender and sexuality norms that shape the everyday lives of sex workers
  • engage with sex workers to understand the nature of, and differences in, the sexual experience in commercial transaction and personal relationships.

 

 

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