The limits of ethical consumption in the sex industry: An analysis of online brothel reviews

Tyler, M and Jovanovski, N 2018, 'The limits of ethical consumption in the sex industry: An analysis of online brothel reviews', Women's Studies International Forum, vol. 66, pp. 9-16.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title The limits of ethical consumption in the sex industry: An analysis of online brothel reviews
Author(s) Tyler, M
Jovanovski, N
Year 2018
Journal name Women's Studies International Forum
Volume number 66
Start page 9
End page 16
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This article weighs arguments about individualised ethical consumption practices in the sex industry through an analysis of the narratives of men who buy sexual access to women in legal brothels in the state of Victoria, Australia. In order to consider claims of ethical consumption in the sex industry, a theoretical thematic analysis of 50 online brothel reviews is undertaken, focussing on potential expressions of "care and concern". We find significant narratives of unprotected sex and questionable sexual consent, and that there is an almost complete lack of care or concern shown for the women described in these reviews. This calls into question the ethical consumption assumption in the legislation, and raises further questions about the applicability of ethical consumption concepts to the sex industry more broadly.
Subject Gender Specific Studies
Sociology not elsewhere classified
Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Brothels
Prostitution
Sex industry
Sexual violence
Ethical consumption
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.wsif.2017.11.004
Copyright notice © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN 0277-5395
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