"Bitch, You Got What You Deserved!": Violation and Violence in Sex Buyer Reviews of Legal Brothels

Jovanovski, N and Tyler, M 2018, '"Bitch, You Got What You Deserved!": Violation and Violence in Sex Buyer Reviews of Legal Brothels', Violence Against Women, vol. 24, no. 16, pp. 1887-1908.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title "Bitch, You Got What You Deserved!": Violation and Violence in Sex Buyer Reviews of Legal Brothels
Author(s) Jovanovski, N
Tyler, M
Year 2018
Journal name Violence Against Women
Volume number 24
Issue number 16
Start page 1887
End page 1908
Total pages 22
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Abstract In this article, we use feminist critical discourse analysis to examine online brothel reviews (148 reviews and 2,424 reply posts) of sex buyers in the context of debates surrounding harm minimization. Our findings show that sex buyers actively construct and normalize narratives of sexual violation and violence against women in licensed brothels through their language, referencing objectification, unsafe sex practices, and, in more extreme cases, rape to create a sense of community with other punters. Through this analysis, we challenge existing assumptions about harm minimization in systems of prostitution, which are legalized or fully decriminalized.
Subject Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Gender Specific Studies
Keyword(s) prostitution
punters
sex buyers
harm minimization
feminist critical discourse analysis
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1077801218757375
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2018.
ISSN 1077-8012
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