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International Journal of History

2022, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Part B

Representation of sex work in literature


Author(s): Aakriti

Abstract: This paper tries to represent the role of sex work in the literature. The writing of women into history necessarily involves redefining and enlarging traditional notions of historical significance, to encompass personal, subjective experience as well as public and political activities. This new history would both include and account for women’s experience rested on the extent to which gender could be developed as a category of analysis. The core of gender definition rests on an integral connection between two propositions: gender is a constitutive element of social relationships based on perceived differences between the sexes, and gender is a primary way of signifying relationship of power. As Gerda Lerner in her article argued that historians, trained in traditional history, approach women’s history is by writing the history of “Women worthies” or “Compensatory history.” Who are the women missing from history? Who are the women of achievement and what did they achieve? The resulting history of “notable women” does not tell us much about those activities in which most women engaged, nor does it tell us about the significance of women’s activities to society as a whole.

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How to cite this article:
Aakriti. Representation of sex work in literature. Int J Hist 2022;4(1):70-74.
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