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Women's Movements and the Filipina1986-2008$
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Mina Roces

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834999

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834999.001.0001

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Prostitution, Women’s Movements, and the Victim Narrative

Prostitution, Women’s Movements, and the Victim Narrative

(p.52) 2 Prostitution, Women’s Movements, and the Victim Narrative
Women's Movements and the Filipina

Mina Roces

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on how the women's movements represented prostitutes in their campaign for the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003. The activism over prostitution as a feminist issue captured much of the experiences and complex challenges encountered by these activists. In presenting these issues, the chapter introduces the double narrative of prostitution as a feminist issue: on the one hand, deployment of the victim narrative was successful in advocating laws on behalf of prostitutes; on the other hand, feminists were not keen on encouraging women to wear the badge of “victim” permanently in everyday practice. This chapter focuses largely on the former narrative, taken into context within existing cultural constructions of the feminine that idealized the woman as martyr.

Keywords:   prostitution, anti-trafficking campaigns, women's movements, victim narratives, prostitution laws, cultural constructions

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