Kari Lerum

Kari Lerum
University of Washington Bothell | UWB · School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

PhD (sociology)

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Introduction
I am currently working on several research and scholarship projects including a community-based empirical research project assessing the needs of transgender sex workers in the Seattle area (funded by grants from the Harry Bridges Labor Center and the Pride Foundation), and a sexuality studies book project for Routledge. www.karilerum.com
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September 2002 - August 2010
University of Washington Bothell
Position
  • Assistant Professor, Cultural Studies; Society, Ethics, & Behavior; Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies

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Publications (33)
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We examine the promises and limitations of Laina Y.Bay-Cheng’s model of the Agency Line in terms of its contribution to interdisciplinary feminist discussions of young women’s sexuality in the U.S. Bay-Cheng offers a welcome critique of neoliberal assumptions embedded in contemporary sexual discourses and her new Agency Line model contributes to co...
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Since the passing of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, anti-trafficking efforts have grown in funding, political strength, and popular-culture appeal in the United States and globally. Particularly influential in shaping anti-trafficking policy in the United States are anti-prostitution advocates who are primarily concerned with rehab...
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Feminist, critical, and postmodern scholars have long recognized sexuality as a site of power relations. The recently released Report of the APA (American Psychological Association) Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls is a welcome addition to ongoing feminist and activist conversations on how to intervene on issues of sexuality in the name of...
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Many have argued that sexualized banter is indicative of “masculine” culture, serving as a mechanism by which men construct masculine identity and dominance and create a climate of sexual harassment. While this claim has much empirical support, sexualized banter among women remains undertheorized. Furthermore, many contemporary scholars agree that...
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Although critiques of objectivity have been vast, and experimental, postmodern approaches have been important and inspiring, the author argues that the pursuit of objectivity per se is not the biggest roadblock to producing critical knowledge. Rather, problems of objectivity are rooted in the larger issue of emotional detachment, which is facilitat...
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Sex work is an important topic for LGBTQ studies, in part due to overlapping concerns of sex worker and LGBTQ communities. Similar to sex workers, many LGBTQ individuals are and have been marginalized, denied rights, and/or criminalized for living outside of heteronormative sexuality. Many scholars have also described sex work itself as a queer act...
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In the United States and beyond, there is often a wide disconnect between grounded empirical evidence about the sex industry and policies on sex work and human trafficking. In this introduction, we briefly review empirical and critical scholarly literature on sex work and human trafficking policy within the United States. We then introduce three so...
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Sexuality researchers from a range of disciplines have called for more global inclusiveness in sexualities research, particularly in the Global South (GS). We investigated the degree to which sexuality researchers have published work focused on the GS by conducting a content analysis of 50 years of research published in the Journal of Sex Research...
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Rubin (1984), in her article,‘‘Thinking sex: Notes for a radical theory of sexuality,’’observed that ‘‘[i]t is difficult to develop a pluralistic sexual ethics without a concept of benign sexual variation’’ (p. 153). Nearly more than 30 years later, van Anders (2015) may have answered Rubin’s call for conceptualizing benign human sexual variation (...
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This is an autoethnography about the role of nail salons in relation to my own evolving feminist and femme consciousness. Through a story of desire, grief, isolation, and recuperation, I explore the ways that the development of my sexual and gender identities relies on women’s intimacy within and across lines of commodification, race, class, and se...
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Six experts, Sutapa Basu, Anne T. Gallagher, Denise Brennan, Elena Shih, Kari Lerum, and Ronald Weitzer, examine human trafficking and whether rescue efforts really help.
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This position paper is a primer on research trends and tensions in the study of sex work and human trafficking. Our intent is not to provide an exhaustive review but rather an overview of the current state of the field based on the authors' expertise. This paper is divided into four sections: First we introduce the cultural and political roots of t...
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Executive Summary In November 2010, the current human rights record of the United States was reviewed by the United Nations Human Rights Council. As part of this process, members of the U.N. made a series of recommendations toward improving human rights in the U.S. In recommendation #92.86, member state Uruguay called on the Obama Administration to...
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This article presents the process and findings of a review of the empirical research literature on exotic dance/dancers in the United States and Canada from 1970 to 2008. We present research methods represented in this sample, as well as the main purposes of these studies, the deployment of theory in exotic dance research, and the visibility of res...
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The commentaries in this issue of the Journal of Sex Research by Vanwesenbeeck and Else-Quest and Hyde on "Bad Girls Rule" are connected to two larger conversations concerning (a) the intersections of sexuality, objectification, culture, health, and power; and (b) academics as public scholars. Vanwesenbeeck makes the case for considering both the r...
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This article describes and assesses “Research Circles” as a mechanism for enhancing faculty collegiality and research. Recently established on our campus, these circles, composed of three to four faculty members, have had a particularly powerful effect on the new faculty members' adjustment to their tenure track positions, especially since they ent...
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Recent years have witnessed a surge of investigative and reflective writings about sex work, many by sex workers themselves. Katherine Frank and Elisabeth Eaves’ books are recent additions to this growing field of study. In G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire, Katherine Frank analyzes the contexts and meanings of strip clubs...
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In her classic article, "Behavior in Private Places: Sustaining Definitions of Reality in Gynecological Examinations" (1970), Joan Emerson uses the example of a gynecologi-cal exam to demonstrate how social order can prevail even when a social situation is rife with contradictions. In this article, I use Emerson's work as a reference point for an-o...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 2000 This dissertation explores how service workers, particularly waitpeople and sex workers, gain legitimacy and power. Traditionally, food service and sex work fall within the domain of "women's work," or what I term, "people maintenance." In general, this work nurtures and maintains other people's emoti...

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