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ANTA02H3 Quiz: Anger


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Anthropology
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ANTA02H3
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Bianca Dahl
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Anger, Economy, and Female Agency: Problematizing “Prostitution” and “Sex Work”
among the Huli of Papua New Guinea
Holly Wardlow
-sex work, in particular, is a better label— better in that it may more accurately represent
what women feel they are doing when they engage in monetized sexual exchanges (i.e.,
working) and their reasons for doing so (i.e., economic need).
-It suggests an income-generating activity rather than a totalizing identity.
- Huli passenger women exchange sex for money, but passenger women’s initial
motives have little to do with material necessity and everything to do with anger and
resistance
-passenger woman, but I have often glossed it as incipient prostitution— that is,
prostitution that is not institutionalized or naturalized as “the oldest profession
-Among the Huli, the term passenger woman is both a stigmatizing slur directed at women
who are believed to engage in sexually illicit behavior, whether it involves money or not,
and an identity that some women embrace because it symbolizes rebellion and autonomy
-Women who identify as pasinja meri engage in sexual relationships with numerous men,
and most of these involve the exchange of sex for money.
-But passenger women also define their identity in terms of freedoms that have little to do
with sexuality: freedom to use language that other “good” women do not, freedom to
move through the local and national landscape that other women do not exercise, and
freedom to buy goods that other women certainly desire but are prevented from buying—
primarily because “good” women are expected not to engage in selfish consumption
-Cases: Ogai and Tarali
-In other words, for the most part, it is not young, never-married women who become
passenger women.
-Most of them are quite proud of the journeys they have taken and their skills at adapting
to new places and to people from other cultural groups.
-Like Ogai and Tarali, many passenger women do not initially expect to receive money in
exchange for sex. Instead, they begin by running away and having a number of
extramarital sexual partners and only later come to insist on receiving cash in exchange
for sex.
-Many passenger women describe their entry into this social category as triggered by
incidents of violence and motivated by feelings of betrayal and anger
-Importantly, the Huli have a bridewealth marriage system in which the groom’s family
gives pigs and money to the bride’s family.
-y. Traditionally, the bride’s father claims almost all of this bridewealth and distributes it
to those kin who assisted him in marrying his own wife, the bride’s mother, and to kin
who can be counted on to contribute in the future to helping his sons to marry.
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