Award Date

1-1-2003

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Sociology

First Committee Member

Barbara Brents

Number of Pages

199

Abstract

Researchers who insist that sexual exploitation is intrinsic to sex work have deflected attention from two key issues facing sex workers: labor violations and prejudice. The purpose of this study is to investigate unethical labor practices and institutional sexism, racism, and classism in the Clark County outcall entertainment ("escort") industry. To analyze these issues from a sex radical feminist perspective, I spent 820 hours engaged in covert participant observation while working as an appointment setter at two major outcall entertainment agencies in Clark County; Much of the abuse that outcall entertainers in Las Vegas encounter could be eliminated by enforcing existing labor regulations. Other industry-specific problems could be solved with the repeal of repressive anti-prostitution laws. Unfortunately, combating racism, classism, sexism and whore stigma in the sex industry will require social change, as these issues are not restricted to the industry, but can be found in all areas of society.

Keywords

Clark County; Discrimination; Entertainment; Industry; Labor; Nevada; Outcall; Violations

Controlled Subject

Industrial relations; Women's studies; Ethnology--Study and teaching

File Format

pdf

File Size

9809.92 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/nqi9-s0j7


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