Smart, Carol
November 1984
Humanity & Society;Nov84, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p407
Academic Journal
The article focuses on problems faced by feminist researchers, who research on prostitution. The author studies both the law and agents of the law who dispensed "justice," or more usually punishment, to prostitute women, in the article. Prostitution has been an important political issue for feminists in Great Britain for over a century. The first major ethical problem faced by researchers is to answer the question whether prostitution remains a feminist issue. The question implies whether concentrating on the issue of prostitution is not ultimately detrimental to women. There has already been a considerable amount of research carried out on prostitution. The main thrust of existing research has been to concentrate on the woman who works as a prostitute rather than on prostitution as an institution which reflects the oppression of women. As a consequence, prostitute women have been pathologised. Either they have been seen as deviants or as pathetic and simple-minded victims.


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