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Prostitution and male perspectives: A study on sex work and violent sexual exploitation in Bangladesh

Sarkar, Joydeep (2014) Prostitution and male perspectives: A study on sex work and violent sexual exploitation in Bangladesh. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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The primary purpose of this thesis is to examine the factors influencing the violent attitudes of Bangladeshi males towards female sex workers (FSWs). It has been found that male attitudes toward women generally are responsible for increased sexual violence, even at home. Underpinned by patriarchal attitudes and religious doctrine, Bangladeshi culture rarely acknowledges the larger problem of males’ social and associated health responsibilities when they purchase sex. With the escalating demand for female prostitutes in recent times, the spread of sex related diseases is also rising in Bangladesh. Rather than the conventional research approach directed solely at FSWs, by focusing on male customers’ perspectives this thesis raises questions regarding violent sexual exploitation rarely researched in Bangladesh. In this connection, this study will also examine how violent sexual behavior of male clients towards FSWs contributes to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. By extensively reviewing the available literature on these issues, this study will thus expand the scope to look at the problems caused by male clients and will recommend the necessity of sex education and gender awareness to bring about equitable outcomes for FSWs as well as women more generally in Bangladesh.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Supervisor(s): Reid, Anja
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