Conference The Business of Bodies: Women & The Global
Within the international feminist discourse, the topic of sex work
is often overlooked or oversimplified. With this conference we are
hoping to broaden our collective understanding of sex work and women's
involvement with the industry on a transglobal scale. Looking at
sex work through the lens of interesecting identities, we hope to
move beyond the "Reclimation of Power vs. Objectification"
debate into a dialogue exploring the nuances of women's experiences
within the sex industry.
has been an exotic dancer for the past eight years. She has been
advocating for strippers rights in Canada for the last several years.
was a union organizer at the Lusty Lady Theater, a board member
of hte Exotic Dancers Alliance and is currently pursuing a PhD in
sociology at the New School. She is working on an interview book
with sex workers of color.
is an anthropology student in the masters program at Hunter College
in New York City. She has primarily focused on the Manhattan brothel
industry, exaxmining the rights and protections lacking within this
facet of sex work.
is an associate professor at CU Boulder who has done extensive research
into issues concerning Chicana feminism. Her most recent work has
been researching sex work in post-socialist Cuba.
is an Assistant Professor in Women's Studies and Sociology. She
teaches intersections of gender, class and race, Caribbean Women's
Studies and global development. Her research focuses on racial,
national, gendered and economic relations in the global sex trade.
She is currently editing a book entitled Transnational Sex Work:
Prostitution, Migration and Development and is working on an
elaboration of her study "Exotic Colonies: Women in the Caribbean
also known as the Scarlot Harlot is one of the leaders of sex workers'
rights in this country and internationally. Leigh has been working
as a prostitut activist and artist in the San Francisco Bay area
for the past 20 years. An award winning filmmaker, Carol Leigh's
work includes documentaries on women's issues and gay and lesbian
issues. In addition to being a founding member of ACT UP, Leigh
has been an outreach volunteer providing condoms, safety information,
and food to street workers in San Francisco.