Sponsorship: A Form of Prostitution or a Form of Traditional Gender Relations?

15 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2018 Last revised: 17 Dec 2018

Date Written: October 31, 2018

Abstract

English abstract: This chapter reviews data from earlier empirical research to consider the boundaries between the social position of women as indicated by their personal, family and sexual relationship. The monogamous or “good” woman has long been distinguished from the women who profit from sexual relationships often labelled as “prostitutes”. But there are new groups emerging at the borderlines of sexwork, in particular “sponsoring” whereby a man may provide a woman with full financial security in return not only for sex but for companionship in various activities related to work or entertainment. This paper asks how this role is perceived, as it includes elements of traditional marriage as well as traditional sexwork.


Spanish abstract: Este artículo revisa datos de investigaciones empíricas anteriores para reflexionar sobre los límites de la posición social de las mujeres según sus relaciones personales, familiares y sexuales. Siempre se ha diferenciado a la mujer monógama o “buena” de las mujeres que obtienen beneficio de sus relaciones sexuales y que han sido etiquetadas como “prostitutas”. Pero hay nuevos grupos que están emergiendo en las líneas fronterizas del trabajo sexual; en particular, el "patrocinio", mediante el cual un hombre proporciona una seguridad financiera a una mujer a cambio no sólo de sexo, sino también de compañía en actividades varias relacionadas con negocios o placer. Este artículo se pregunta cómo se percibe este rol, ya que incluye elementos del matrimonio tradicional y del trabajo sexual tradicional.

Keywords: Sponsorship, marriage, gender, Patrocinio, matrimonio, género

Suggested Citation

Fuszara, Małgorzata, Sponsorship: A Form of Prostitution or a Form of Traditional Gender Relations? (October 31, 2018). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, vol. 8, n. 8 (2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3276009

Małgorzata Fuszara (Contact Author)

University of Warsaw ( email )

Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
Warszawa, Pl-00681
Poland

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