Post-fordist desires: The commodity aesthetics of bangkok sex shows
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This essay investigates the political economy of sexuality through an interpretation of sex shows for foreigners in Bangkok, Thailand. Reading these performances as both symptoms of, and analytical commentaries on, Western consumer desire, the essay suggests the 'pussy shows' parody the mass production that was a hallmark of Western masculine identity under Fordism. This reading makes a case for the erotic generativity of capitalism, illuminating how Western, post-Fordist political economy of the post-1970s generated demand for these erotic services in Asia and how Western, heterosexual masculine desire is integrated into global capitalist circuits. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1007/s10691-010-9145-2
Publication InfoWilson, A (2010). Post-fordist desires: The commodity aesthetics of bangkok sex shows. Feminist Legal Studies, 18(1). pp. 53-67. 10.1007/s10691-010-9145-2. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/6761.
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Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
My work makes analytical and empirical contributions to the feminist study of globalization and to what I call queer political economy (QPE). Combining Science & Technology Studies (STS) approaches with materialist theories, I remain invested in empirical esearch, particularly ethnographically informed depictions of life under global capitalism. This direction also involved reflection on analytical categories and frameworks, such as intimacy, infrastructure, or gender. I have conducted long-