Soh 2009 Prostitution

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Author: Chunghee Sarah Soh

Title: Military prostitution and women's sexual labour in Japan and Korea

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In: Gender and Labour in Korea and Japan: Sexing Class

Edited by: Ruth Barraclough and Elyssa Faison

Place: London

Publisher: Routledge

Year: 2009

Pages: 44-

Series: Women in Asia Series

ISBN-10: 0415776635 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 0203874366 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

ISBN-13: 9780415776639 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780203874363 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Japanese History, Korean History | Types: "Comfort Women", Wartime Rape / Asia-Pacific War

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Author: Chunghee Sarah Soh, Department of Anthropology, San Francisco State University

Abstract: »Chunghee Sarah Soh offers a genealogy that traces the history of certain militarized forms of women's sexual labour in Korea, linking the pre-colonial kisaeng, the wartime Korean comfort women used by the Japanese military, and the South Korean Army's systematization of its own "comfort woman" system during the Korean War. All of these forms of female sexual labour, Soh argues, have been defined in official and public narratives by the dominant masculinist discourse that "treats women's sexual labour as stigmatized yet customary." It is this masculinist discourse, she claims, that defines "comfort woman" only in terms of the national shame and victimization that came at the hands of Japanese colonial masters. Such an understanding erases the South Korean government and military's perpetuation of similar systems of controlling women's bodies, and instead defines sexual labour only in terms of an apolitical capitalist consumer culture.« [Source: Ruth Barraclough and Elyssa Faison. »Introduction: The entanglement of sexual and industrial labour.« Gender and Labour in Korea and Japan: Sexing Class. Edited by Ruth Barraclough et al. London 2009: p. 7]


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