Absent men: paid domestic work, sexual exploitation and male domination in the family in the USA

Weiss, C 2017, 'Absent men: paid domestic work, sexual exploitation and male domination in the family in the USA', International Feminist Journal of Politics, no. 3, pp. 342-356.


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Title Absent men: paid domestic work, sexual exploitation and male domination in the family in the USA
Author(s) Weiss, C
Year 2017
Journal name International Feminist Journal of Politics
Issue number 3
Start page 342
End page 356
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract This article analyzes the sexual exploitation of paid domestic workers in the US through the lens of male domination in employing families. Departing from the dominant tendency in studies of paid domestic work to focus on relationships between female employers and workers, the article addresses the role of male domination and patriarchal family structures within employing families in the sexual exploitation of domestic workers by male employers. Using materialist feminist approaches, the article argues that domestic workers' experiences should be seen as embedded in the patriarchal environment created by male household heads who appropriate the labor of other household members, including wives, children and paid domestic workers. The sexual exploitation of domestic workers is then analyzed as being a result of the appropriation of women's entire personhood by men within the relationship of sexage outlined by Colette Guillaumin.
Subject Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Feminist Theory
Gender Specific Studies
Keyword(s) domestic service
Domestic work
feminist theory
materialist feminism
sexual abuse
DOI - identifier 10.1080/14616742.2017.1293941
Copyright notice © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN 1461-6742
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