Temporarily Yours: Intimacy, Authenticity, and the


Temporarily Yours: Intimacy, Authenticity, and the Commerce of Sex ❴Reading❵ ➶ Temporarily Yours: Intimacy, Authenticity, and the Commerce of Sex Author Elizabeth Bernstein – Thomashillier.co.uk Generations of social thinkers have assumed that access to legitimate paid employment and a decline in the double standard would eliminate the reasons behind women s participation in prostitution Yet Intimacy, Authenticity, Kindle ´ Generations of social thinkers have assumed that access to legitimate paid employment and a decline in the double standard would eliminate the reasons behind women s participation in prostitution Yet in both the developing world and in postindustrial cities of the West, sexual commerce has continued to flourish, diversifying along technological, spatial, and social lines In this deeply engaging and theoretically provocative study, Elizabeth Bernstein examines the social features that undergird the expansion and diversification of commercialized sex, demonstrating the ways that postindustrial economic and cultural formations have spawned rapid and unforeseen changes in the forms, Temporarily Yours: PDF/EPUB ² meanings, and spatial organization of sexual laborDrawing upon dynamic and innovative research with sex workers, their clients, and state actors, Bernstein argues that in cities such as San Francisco, Stockholm, and Amstersdam, the nature of what is purchased in commercial sexual encounters is also new Rather than the expedient exchange of cash for sexual relations, what sex workers are increasingly paid to offer their clients is an erotic experience premised upon the performance of authentic interpersonal connection As such, contemporary sex markets are emblematic of a cultural moment in which the boundaries between intimacy and commerce and Yours: Intimacy, Authenticity, PDF ✓ between public life and private have been radically redrawn Not simply a compelling exploration of the changing landscape of sex work, Temporarily Yours ultimately lays bare the intimate intersections of political economy, desire, and culture.


10 thoughts on “Temporarily Yours: Intimacy, Authenticity, and the Commerce of Sex

  1. William D. William D. says:

    A great and balanced ethnography on contemporary sexual commerce Bernstein illustrates with examples and contrasts from the US and abroad, and covers all her bases from the personal to the legal.


  2. DoctorM DoctorM says:

    Bernstein looks at the structural changes in sex work in the later 1990s and beyond e.g., efforts by urban authorities to shut down street level prostitution, the effect of the internet, and the professionalisation or gentrification of the way middle and upper middle class sex workers and clients see commercial sex and links those things to wider economic and cultural issues She uses Bourdieu s Distinction as a theoretical background to argue that in a late capitalist, postmodern cu Bernstein looks at the structural changes in sex work in the later 1990s and beyond e.g., efforts by urban authorities to shut down street level prostitution, the effect of the internet, and the professionalisation or gentrification of the way middle and upper middle class sex workers and clients see commercial sex and links those things to wider economic and cultural issues She uses Bourdieu s Distinction as a theoretical background to argue that in a late capitalist, postmodern culture, many middle class educated buyers and sellers seek a bounded authenticity in sex work a performance of sex with an emotionally authentic feel that is carefully recognised by both parties as commercial, and where the rules of late capitalist marketing compartmentalisation, mobility, efficient convenient, flexible, just in time apply i.e., the Girlfriend Experience GFE offered by high end courtesans and escorts Bernstein also looks at the class and race effects of the effort to end street prostitution in San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Stockholm as sees the economic underpinnings of such efforts anti immigrant feeling in the EU with its fear of foreign sex workers, the effort to clear marginal populations out of areas in SF that can be redeveloped and relates that to the larger issue of privatising public space on multiple levels.Bernstein also asks wider questions Why do we seek bounded authenticity and the Girlfriend Experience What does it actually mean to say that sex is commodified Why does contemporary Western society so valorise authenticity Well written, thoughtful, and very much recommended


  3. Kaliseviltwin Kaliseviltwin says:

    An analysis of sex work in San Francisco, the Netherlands, and Sweden as placed into a socio economic context Sex work is yet another area where I had a fairly knee jerk opinion of it I have long been an advocate of legalizing prostitution, assuming it would be safer for those who engage in it clients and workers alike , but I still held a primarily middle class belief that it was a career only chosen by people with few choices I also held a fairly typical point of view that sex work was i An analysis of sex work in San Francisco, the Netherlands, and Sweden as placed into a socio economic context Sex work is yet another area where I had a fairly knee jerk opinion of it I have long been an advocate of legalizing prostitution, assuming it would be safer for those who engage in it clients and workers alike , but I still held a primarily middle class belief that it was a career only chosen by people with few choices I also held a fairly typical point of view that sex work was inherently demeaning to the worker This book shows how sex work has changed in the post industrial age and that the demographics of sex workers and their clients has changed in kind It also offers some insight into how sex workers view their work and provide alternative theories as to what workers and clients receive from the exchanges.The book is competently written, but it has its flaws The author makes clear, though, where her research is limited This book is also an incredibly fascinating alternative view of the history of San Francisco as seen through the lens of the sex work industry For that alone it s worth a read, especially if you live in or just really like San Francisco


  4. Evan Cvitanovic Evan Cvitanovic says:

    Amazing look at sex work from the turn of the beginning of the 20th century to the end, and also into the 21st with the advent of the internet and technological advances that can intersect the public and private spheres of sexual commerce The idea of bounded authenticity coupled with the marketing power of a nascent internet makes for a very interesting shift in consciousness or whatever from the early 90s to the early 00s and the transformation of the sexual sphere This can probably be extend Amazing look at sex work from the turn of the beginning of the 20th century to the end, and also into the 21st with the advent of the internet and technological advances that can intersect the public and private spheres of sexual commerce The idea of bounded authenticity coupled with the marketing power of a nascent internet makes for a very interesting shift in consciousness or whatever from the early 90s to the early 00s and the transformation of the sexual sphere This can probably be extended to many different trends that emerged in the 2000s until today in the porn industry


  5. Dafna Dafna says:

    It was one of the best accounts of sex work I have read so far Not only Bernstein has done a great fieldwork and collected enormous amount of data, she has also presented a very neat and insightful analysis, situating sexual commerce in a broader social and economic context, and reflected on her own position in the field as a woman and a feminist researcher Bravo.


  6. Kirsten Macaulay Kirsten Macaulay says:

    This book is especially interesting to people who have lived or are living in San Francisco It explains the history, the commodity, and changes of prostitution in the sex industry throughout three decades It describes how the dot com era brought prostitution indoors and was appealing to several different socioeconomic classes.


  7. Laura Holt Laura Holt says:

    I was bothered by how she presented the startling different experience of middle class sex workers, who where all but exclusively white, and the street walker prostitutes but then moved on without exploring race ethnicity and privilege at all.


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