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State Power, Prostitution and Sexual Order: Towards a Genealogical Critique of ‘Virtuous Custom’

Hans Tao-ming Huang

in Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083077
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209817 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083077.003.0004
State Power, Prostitution and Sexual Order: Towards a Genealogical Critique of ‘Virtuous Custom’

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This chapter is concerned with the state regulation of sexualities and the formation of gendered subjectivities since postwar Taiwan. It considers, by way of genealogical investigation, the policed culture of sex under the regulatory regime of “virtuous custom” sustained by the defunct Police Offence Law. Through analysing the police, journalistic and feminist discourse of sex between the 1950s and 2000s, it traces the process whereby a particular segment-line of dominant social/sexual order came to be established through the state's banning of prostitution, further showing how that order was remade due to the hegemonic rise of state feminist morality.

Keywords: sexual order; prostitution; feminism; policing

Chapter.  12939 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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