Feminism, Power, and Sex Work in the Context of HIV/AIDS: Consequences for Women’s Health

Author: Aziza Ahmed

How the HIV/AIDS movement has impacted the sex worker rights movement. Special focus on the Anti-Prostitution Pledge. Intersections with various feminist perspectives on sex work.


Full article available here.

Contents:

I. Introduction and Background. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226 R

II. An Old Feminist Battle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228 R
A. Rise of the Sex-Positive Feminists and Sex Worker
Rights Groups. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 R

III. A Theoretical Model: Governance Feminism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 R
A. Proposed Legal Regimes by Abolitionist and SexPositive Feminists, Sex Workers, and Public Health
Authorities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232 R

IV. Two Cases of Feminist Engagement in International Health
Governance Structures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234 R
A. Sex Work in Global Public Health Governance: The
Case of the UNAIDS Guidance Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234 R
B. U.S. Bilateral Aid for HIV and Sex Work: The Case of
the Anti-Prostitution Pledge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242 R
1. History of the Anti-Prostitution Pledge: Early
Engagement from Feminists and Sex Worker Rights
Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242 R
2. History of the Cases. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246 R
3. Feminist Response and Involvement in AntiProstitution Pledge Litigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246 R
4. Engagement in the Processes of the Court. . . . . . . . . 246 R
5. Feminist Activism on the Anti-Prostitution Pledge
Outside of Litigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249 R

V. Feminist Legal Reforms: Unintended Consequences on
Women’s Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252 R
A. Women’s Greater Exposure to Sexual and Other
Violence by the State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252

B. Women’s Greater Exposure to Violence via
Criminalizing the Client. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255 R
C. Women’s Greater Vulnerability Through De-Funding
“Best Practices” on Sex Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256 R

VI. Conclusion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258

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