Michèle Alexandre’s innovative study examines how sexual profiling represses, oppresses, and hinders various aspects of life for both genders, and explores the ways in which the law and the community can help eradicate the practice of sexual profiling. Alexandre defines "sexploitation" as the perpetuation of myths and stereotypical notions regarding men and women in order to further an agenda of oppression and subordination in certain spheres of society. The most popular means through which this sexploitation is achieved is through a method Alexandre coins as "sexual profiling." She argues that sexual profiling ultimately stifles the growth of our society by creating inefficient as well as oppressive systems, and that its eradication can help increase the productivity as well as the morale of society.
Alexandre opens the book by exploring in detail the various ways in which normative views of gender are constructed and perpetuated through media and societal norms. She then focuses on the ways in which recent legal opinions and developments contribute to perpetuate these restrictive and oppressive norms. Finally, Alexandre outlines a plan to help eliminate the presence of these destructive norms and attitudes from different sectors of society.
Selected Contents:Introduction Chapter 1. Sexual Profiling Defined Part I: Roots and Tools of Profiling Chapter 2. De-Gendering Men: Sexual Profiling and Masculinity Chapter 3. Ground Zero of the Battle: Sexual Profiling in the K-12 Setting Chapter 4. The Body Revisited, Again Chapter 5. What is in A Name? Who are You Calling a B****? Chapter 6. What Approach to Prostitution and Sex Work Tells Us about Persistence of the Madonna/Whore and Men/Effeminate Dichotomies Part II: Overcoming the Use of Law as a Conduit for Sexual Profiling Chapter 7. When the Ideal of Womanhood and Criminal Law Collide: Perpetuation of Vulnerable Women as Deviant Chapter 8. Rape Law and Sexual Profiling Chapter 9. Employment Law and Sexual Profiling Chapter 10. Other Forms of Profiling in Grooming Standards Chapter 11. Family Law and Sexual Profiling Chapter 12. Inheritance Law and Sexual Profiling Part III: What Now? A Cross Sectional Model for Reversing The Status Quo Chapter 13. The Personal as Political and Political as Personal: The Status Quo Chapter 14. Moving Forward Epilogue. Toward Individual Accountability Index
Group identities have been an important part of political life in America since the founding of the republic. For most of this long history, the central challenge for activists, politicians, and scholars concerned with the quality of U.S. democracy was the struggle to bring the treatment of ethnic and racial minorities and women in line with the creedal values spelled out in the nation’s charters of freedom. We are now several decades from the key moments of the twentieth century when social movements fractured America’s system of ascriptive hierarchy. The gains from these movements have been substantial. Women now move freely in all realms of civil society, hold high elective offices, and constitute more than 50 percent of the workforce. Most African-Americans have now attained middle class status, work in integrated job sites, and live in suburbs. Finally, people of color from nations in Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean now constitute the majority of America’s immigration pool.
In the midst of all of these positive changes, however, glaring inequalities between groups persist. Indeed, ethnic and racial minorities remain far more likely to be undereducated, unemployed, and incarcerated than their counterparts who identify as white. Similarly, both violence and work place discrimination against women remain rampant in U.S. society. The Routledge series on identity politics features works that seek to understand the tension between the great strides our society has made in promoting equality between groups and the residual effects of the ascriptive hierarchies in which the old order was rooted.
Some of the core questions that the series will address are: how meaningful are the traditional ethnic, gender, racial, and sexual identities to our understanding of inequality in the present historical moment? Do these identities remain important bases for group mobilization in American politics? To what extent can we expect the state to continue to work for a more level playing field among groups?