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The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

March 9, 2013

ART: Double framing in Lilya 4-Ever: Sex trafficking and postsocialist abjection

Author: Jennifer Suchland
Title: Double framing in Lilya 4-Ever
Subtitle: Sex trafficking and postsocialist abjection
Journal: European Journal of Cultural Studies
Year: February 27, 2013 (Published online before print)
Pages:
ISSN: 1367-5494 - eISSN: 1460-3551
Language: English
Full Text: SAGE Journals [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »The image of the trafficked woman from a former state socialist country has come to symbolize the global crisis in sex trafficking. The ‘Natasha’ image is also a referent for the failure of state socialism. This article provides an analysis of the film Lilya 4-Ever (dir. Lukas Moodyson, 2002) to show how both sex trafficking and postsocialism are framed in representations of sex trafficking. The film presents the problem of sex trafficking in two covertly problematic ways, narrowing the issue to prostitution and illegal migration. While the film avoids voyeurism of sexual violence, this is replaced by voyeurism of postsocialist abjection. Postsocialist abjection is aesthetically captured as an eternal state of collapse. Thus, the tragedy of sex trafficking is the result of and a symbol for the failure (post-)state socialism. « [Source: European Journal of Cultural Studies]