Ataerkil İdeolojinin Sözde Modern Yansıması Olarak Seks İşçisi Kavramı: Mersin Örneği

Açkalın, Neriman
June 2006
Kadin/Woman 2000;Jun2006, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
The problem of the conceptualizing the exploitation of women by men as tradable product in prostitution markets also brings about heated dabates not only on whether or not to see this exploitation as a problem, but, following from that decision, also on what the means of solution could be. The point of view that explains the exploitation of women in prostitution markets only as a conditions are improved and, continuing from that, the opinion that defends that prostitution should be viewed as an acceptable profession in society serves no purpose other than reinforcing the sexual exploitation of women and the patriarchal authority. In addition, such a point of view is of no use except for legalizing the modes of behavior of procurers who exploit women physically and psychologically in prostitution markets and for giving the commercialization of woman's sexuality on appearance of normalcy, as far as the customers are concerned. Explaining the fact of prostitution that has come down through ages merely through interpersonal relationships and claiming that this problem can be solved by subjecting these relationships to legal regulations means a total ignorance of the male domination, which is the actual source of the problem. In other words, handling this problem merely at the psychological and sociological level, and presuming that a solution will have been found -without any changes to the social structure- by eliminating the factors that bring about this state of mind secretly supports the patriarchal authority and leaves women subject to two-sided exploitation. This study includes indepth-interviews made with 44 women who try to make a living out of the prostution markets in Mersin, 31 of whom in brothels, and 13 in the streets. In the light of the data from the study, it has been determined that, in transactions between the procurers who market women's bodies and the customers who view every sexual abuse of women, women are treated merely as an item or an object. As a result, this study has used the term capital for a woman who is in the profession and the term prostitution market or prostitution industry for the network of relationships between bosses, procurers, customers and women.


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