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A Note on Photography and the Simulacral by Rosalind Krauss

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These practices are surveyed, regulated and controlled—usually but not exclusively through the machinery and technologies of the ‘state’—and this exertion of power creates much knowledge about a pathologized subject (‘prostitution’). The discourse of prostitution therefore produces a singular and unambiguous prostitute identity that is reflective of the (sexual) practices in which they engage. g. through AIDS education projects). It is for this reason that I move from discussions initiated by feminists of difference to the literature in geography, where an emphasis on the relationship between identity and space is considered pivotal.

The ground floor is a beer hall, the first floor is a go-go or bikini bar, and the second floor is a gogo bar and cabaret (where men pay women to dance with them). These multifloor establishments are said to be a result of police surveillance, in that the riskier acts occur on the upper floors. public opinion holds that women working in the downtown red light district are residents of Kamagayan, a community frequently referred to as a ‘haven for drugs and prostitution’ or ‘sin district’. The most distinguishing feature of Junquera is its diversity, but there are other characteristics that make the area distinctively Filipino.

Fuss 1989; Rose 1993a). But there is an important space opened up by feminists adhering to the notion of sexual difference. Within this perspective, there is a possibility of multiple types of bodies, and hence types of subjectivity, thereby allowing the body to be the ‘mediator’ of experience. By conceiving of the body as ‘a point of mediation between what is perceived as purely internal and accessible only to the subject and what is external and publicly observable’—that is, by problematizing experience as access to Truth—this allows a remapping of other dualisms such as inside/outside, public/private, self/other, and a host of other binary 18 RETHINKING THE PROSTITUTE SUBJECT pairs associated with the mind/body split (Grosz 1994:20–1).

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