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6140 -- GRENZ, SABINE

(Un)heimliche Lust. Über den Konsum sexueller Dienstleistungen
Wiesbaden: VS Verlag 2005
255 pp., Euro 29.90; ISBN 3-531-14776-5

Secret/eerie lust. On the consumption of sexual services
This is a cultural-historical and empirical study of the aspect of consumerism in prostitution, men ’consuming´ the sexual services of women in the ’sex industry´. Theoretical positions of .. feminism and the question of whether prostitution contributes to ’sexual freedom´ are included. In the interviews ’power and eroticism´ and ’sexual identity´ of the customers (homophobia, strong sexual drive, sexual double standard, masturbation) are discussed, then money and power, and consumerism and gender (ugly men & pretty women, money and potency, ’slavery´, business, ritualized prostitution). Grenz discovered that there are ’no clear hegemonial lines´ which circumscribe this realm, but there are fragements of what then becomes hegemonial.

Keywords: lust and prostitution, prostitution, sex industry, norms of sex, customers of prostitutes

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