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Canada; commercial sex; economic; exotic dancer; exotic women; immigrant women; immigration policy; Regulation; regulatory practice
This article examines how objections against commercial sex, re-positioned from religious and moral to secular and modernist stances, converge with Canada’s broader economic and immigration policies. It focuses specifically on immigrant women in exotic dancing and on the exotic dancer visa alongside other temporary work permits issued to women in the “dirty, dangerous and difficult” or “3-D” sectors. This intervention in feminist legal theory draws upon spatial analysis to provide a more profound engagement of the law’s discursive power beyond the rhetorical and symbolic by drawing attention to how law creates and shapes spaces in material terms.
Austria, Carolina Santos Ruiz, "Outside, Hidden and in Between: Locating the Migrant Exotic Dancer in Canadian Legal Discourse and Regulatory Practice" (2010). Comparative Research in Law & Political Economy. Research Paper No. 20/2010.