Prof. Baker’s new book Fighting the U.S. Sex Trade: Gender, Race & Politics tells the story of political collaboration over the last 50 years among feminists, evangelical Christians, human rights advocates, and sex worker rights activists to shift perceptions and public policies on the prostitution of youth in the United States. From campaigns against juvenile prostitution in the 1970s, to the global movement against the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the 1990s, to leveraging the human trafficking framework to address "domestic minor sex trafficking" in the 2000s, activists have repeatedly reframed youth involvement in the sex trades to generate sympathy for these youth, reform related laws and policies, and create services to assist young people with experience in the sex trades. But to do so, these campaigns have often mobilized cultural discourses about gender, race and childhood that have marginalized the most vulnerable of these youth and obscured the real needs of most youth in the sex trades.
Carrie N. Baker is Professor and Director of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College and a co-founder of the Five College Reproductive, Health, Rights and Justice Certificate. She teaches courses on gender, law, public policy, and feminist activism, including topical courses on reproductive justice, sexual harassment and sex trafficking.
Co-Sponsored by: UMass Departments of History, Legal Studies, WGSS, Sociology, Health Promotion and Policy; the Pre-Law Advising Office; and the Center for Women & Community.
Join the FCWSRC and the Department of Anthropology at UMass Amherst on for an exciting book salon with Betsy Krause on her new book Tight Knit: Global Families and the Social Life of Fast Fashion.
Betsy will be joined by discussants Anna Botta (Smith College), Calvin Chen (Mount Holyoke College), Anne Ciecko (UMass Amherst), and Vanessa Fong (Amherst College).
With Tahirah Amatul-Wadad, Jo Comerford, Lindsay Sabados, and Elizabeth Silver
Free and open to the public.