Public Sex Performances in Patpong and Explorations of the Edges of Imagination

Manderson L. (1992) Public Sex Performances in Patpong and Explorations of the Edges of Imagination. The Journal of Sex Research, 29 4: 451-475. doi:10.1080/00224499209551662


Author Manderson L.
Title Public Sex Performances in Patpong and Explorations of the Edges of Imagination
Journal name The Journal of Sex Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1559-8519
Publication date 1992-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00224499209551662
Volume 29
Issue 4
Start page 451
End page 475
Total pages 25
Subject 1207 History and Philosophy of Science
3312 Sociology and Political Science
3318 Gender Studies
3200 Psychology
3203 Clinical Psychology
3300 Social Sciences
Abstract This paper draws on observations of sex acts, including dances, pornographic tricks and intercourse, performed in four bars in the central area of sex tourism in Bangkok, Patpong. Following a discussion of the nature of dramatic pornography, and discursive and interpretive issues which arise from the nature of the inquiry, the paper describes and analyses the acts, which are treated as a commentary on Thai understandings of (western) male sexuality. These acts are varied and structured to maximize their capture of libidinal fantasy and erotic and violent imagination for commercial purpose. At the same time, the physical positioning of the performers and the texts of various actsprovide them with an opportunity for silent satire of the voyeur/patrons. While in structure and content the acts are similar to those performed in night clubs and bars elsewhere in Southeast Asia and the west, the paper also examines ways in which the repertoire draws on indigenous erotic performance. The paper then proceeds to locate public sex performance within the extensive sex industry of Thailand. It explains local accommodation of sex work in terms of the moral significance of paid sex and the structural location of prostitution within the social organisation of reproduction and production.
Keyword dramatic pornography
prostitution
sex tourism
Thailand
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status Unknown

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