16. Selling Sex in Sin City: The Religious and Cultural Dimensions to the Opposition of the Legalization of Sex Work

Buddhist Violence and Religious Authority - A Tribute to the Work of Michael Jerryson - Margo Kitts

Lindsay Heldreth [+-]
Notre Dame
Lindsay Heldreth is a graduate student at Notre Dame.

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In this paper, I examine the role of religion in the discourse surrounding sex work. Previous ways of understanding this have highlighted that in the United States, reference to religious doctrine and practice is especially important in reinforcing attitudes that treat sex work as inherently immoral. This paper will highlight the intersection of religion with culture and highlight this intersection as being the most essential towards understanding moral opposition to sex work in the United States. As a case study, I will use discursive analysis of newspaper publications in Las Vegas, as it is a city that is currently in the midst of an intense debate about the legalization of sex work. I will then put Las Vegas back in the content of the United States more broadly, and offer new ways of understanding the intensely morally infused opposition to sex work’s legalization.

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Heldreth, Lindsay. 16. Selling Sex in Sin City: The Religious and Cultural Dimensions to the Opposition of the Legalization of Sex Work. Buddhist Violence and Religious Authority - A Tribute to the Work of Michael Jerryson. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Sep 2021. ISBN 9780000000000. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40736. Date accessed: 13 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40736. Sep 2021

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