Chose one of the following short essay prompts to address for the course midterm. Please identify which prompt you are addressing in your submission. Responses should be roughly 750-900 words, directly address the prompt, and follow conventional academic essay formatting (intro, thesis, body paragraphs, conclusion, and citations). APA are accepted, just remain consistent.
Timothy Gilfoyle emphasizes the importance of contextualizing historical moments of selling sex within a larger context of political, economic and cultural histories (120). How does Gilfoyle demonstrate the significance of such a perspective? What impact does the prescribed perspective have on research/the work produced? Use 2 or more examples from the text(s)/lecture to support your claim.
In his review of the historical literature on prostitution, Gilfoyle notes how prostitution is ultimately an economic response to different patterns of accumulation and reinvestment” (126). How can we observe the centrality of economic motivation to sell sexual services in the historical studies of prostitution? Use 2 or more examples from the text(s)/lecture to support your claim.
Stephanie Limoncelli articulates that state regulatory policies of prostitution encompass all of Foucault’s concepts of “enclosure, surveillance, and the disciplining of bodies” present in 19th century prisons (26). How have state regulatory practices embodied and put into praxis these concepts? Choose 2 or more different historical examples from the course materials (lecture/readings).