Sexuality as Governmentality? Grounding Sex in the Political History of a City

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 21:30 to 23:00

Join Val Marie Johnson, an University College Toronto Sexual Diversity Studies Visiting Senior Fellow and Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology, St. Mary's University, to discuss changing policies towards sex work in New York City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In the mid-19th century, women practicing what we would now call sex work in the city of New York experienced a measure of social acceptance and private control of their trade. By 1901 their work, and a range of behaviour linked with it, was policed as a civic crisis. By the 1910s, the city had pioneered a Women's Court which convicted and incarcerated women for moral offenses at astonishingly high rates. The work that Professor Johnson will share draws from a book monograph on the construction of prostitution as "The Social Evil" in New York over the last decades of the 19th century, and the consequences of this in the first decades of the 20th. It considers this history of sexuality as a multi-faceted political history, involving a spectrum of women and men in the deployment and subversion of sexual and gender morality in the formal and informal government of themselves and others.

 

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