AbstractsSocial Sciences

The Intersectional Stigmatization of the Piranha in Prostitution

by Emma Ebintra

Institution: Linköping University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Intersectionality; narrative; prostitution; stigmatization; street children; Peru; power structures; patriarchy; respectability; marianismo; shame; Social Sciences; Other Social Sciences; Gender Studies; Samhällsvetenskap; Annan samhällsvetenskap; Genusstudier; Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, One Year; Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, One Year
Record ID: 1355546
Full text PDF: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-118884


This study is constructed upon narratives of fourteen young women, who have been working in prostitution since they were street children in central Lima, and acknowledges their stigmatization in the Peruvian society, and how they challenge their socially constructed position. By combining narrative method with an intersectional analysis I have, through a multi-layered loupe, interpreted the young women’s interpretation of themselves and their social world. I will bring forward how these young women view their subordinate and stigmatized position through their narratives surrounding their bodies as shameful, culpable, sexual and fixed. This stigmatization is intersectional as it surrounds all parts of their lives and situatedness within the Peruvian society. This situatedness is complex, involving hierarchical structures that have been present in Peru since colonization and imperialism (cf. Wade 2009). In addition, I will bring forward how the young women engage in strategies to challenge this stigmatization by applying measures to increase their respectability (cf. Skeggs).