Institutionalized Hypocrisy: Sex, Money and Law

13 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2018

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Jacek Maria Kurczewski

University of Warsaw - Faculty of Applied Social Sciences

Date Written: December 5, 2018

Abstract

English Abstract: This paper draws on analysis by social historians ranging from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance in France to recent administrative history in Poland to illustrate basic contradictions in Western thought about sexuality. These have resulted over time in policies which range from prohibition of sex work to tolerance of the need to meet physical needs accompanied by an appreciation of the financial profits to be obtained by the state as well as the individual, combined with abhorrence of female adultery. The paper closes with original data on current public attitudes towards the impact on reputation of a range of behaviours in Poland, including sexual activities, and finds a high level of agreement about the damaging impact on reputation of not sexwork itself but of living off the proceeds of sexwork.

Spanish Abstract: Este artículo se basa en los análisis de historiadores sociales de Francia de finales de la Edad Media y el Renacimiento, así como en la historia administrativa reciente de Polonia, para ilustrar contradicciones básicas en el pensamiento occidental sobre la sexualidad. Éstas, a lo largo del tiempo, han producido políticas que van desde prohibir el trabajo sexual hasta tolerar la satisfacción de necesidades físicas, acompañado por el aprecio de los beneficios económicos que obtienen el Estado y los individuos, combinado con la repulsa al adulterio femenino. El artículo se cierra con datos originales sobre actitudes públicas contemporáneas en Polonia sobre el impacto en la reputación de una serie de comportamientos, y halla una gran unanimidad sobre el impacto negativo, no del trabajo sexual en sí, sino de vivir del producto del trabajo sexual.

Keywords: Sexwork, legal regulation, public attitudes to sexwork in Poland, profiting from sexwork, Trabajo sexual, regulación jurídica, actitudes públicas hacia el trabajo sexual en Polonia, beneficiarse del trabajo sexual

Suggested Citation

Kurczewski, Jacek Maria, Institutionalized Hypocrisy: Sex, Money and Law (December 5, 2018). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 8, No. 8, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3296258

Jacek Maria Kurczewski (Contact Author)

University of Warsaw - Faculty of Applied Social Sciences ( email )

Warsaw
Poland

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