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Making the Empire WorkLabor and United States Imperialism$
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Daniel E. Bender and Jana K. Lipman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479871254

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479871254.001.0001

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Sexual Labor and the U.S. Military Empire

Sexual Labor and the U.S. Military Empire

Comparative Analysis of Europe and East Asia

(p.137) 5 Sexual Labor and the U.S. Military Empire
Making the Empire Work

Seungsook Moon

NYU Press

This chapter discusses reports about the U.S. military authorities and owners of entertainment clubs catering to American soldiers in the city of P'yŏngt'aek, as well as reports that described migrant Filipinas as “juicy girls” working in “foreigners-only” entertainment clubs. These unsettling reports—a glimpse into the dark side of the U.S. military presence—reveal the persistent nexus between men's military labor and women's (hetero)sexual labor. The U.S. empire has combined a quiet tolerance and even active supply of sex workers with the overt and covert examination of women's working bodies. This sexual labor encompasses both the paid and unpaid reproductive labor of caring and entertaining, which various groups of women and men perform to deal with sexual and ideological needs.

Keywords:   military authorities, migrant Filipina, entertainment clubs, military labor, sexual labor, U.S. military

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