Post-fordist desires: The commodity aesthetics of bangkok sex shows

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This essay investigates the political economy of sexuality through an interpretation of sex shows for foreigners in Bangkok, Thailand. Reading these performances as both symptoms of, and analytical commentaries on, Western consumer desire, the essay suggests the 'pussy shows' parody the mass production that was a hallmark of Western masculine identity under Fordism. This reading makes a case for the erotic generativity of capitalism, illuminating how Western, post-Fordist political economy of the post-1970s generated demand for these erotic services in Asia and how Western, heterosexual masculine desire is integrated into global capitalist circuits. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilson, A

Published Date

  • April 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 53 - 67

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0966-3622

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10691-010-9145-2

Citation Source

  • Scopus