‘A tale of gin and prostitution’: Using community theatre to explore attitudes towards sex work in Northern Ireland

Anne Campbell, Uisce Jordan, Paul Murphy, Joe Egan

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Abstract

Sex work, defined as the exchange of sex and/or sexual stimulation for material gains, remains a challenging issue to research due to surrounding stigma as well as polarising views within feminist debate. The primary aim of the current evaluation was, through a community-based discussion, to seek the views of audience members, service users of addiction services and expert commentators regarding themes emerging from the play ‘Madame Geneva’. This article focuses on findings relating to sex work in contemporary Northern Irish society. It will outline how the arts, specifically dramaturgical representations, provided an effective method of initiating important pragmatic and policy discussion of issues, which affect women and wider society. Findings illuminate that women in Northern Ireland still experience high levels of oppression and discrimination in relation to sex work, with such issues often couched within male dominated political discourses and structures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAffilia Feminist Enquiry in Social work
Publication statusAccepted - 23 Mar 2024

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