Crisis and Sexual Exploitation: The Case of Refugee Pornography

Alexander Gertz

In: PolisReflects 1(1), pp. 04-15

Abstract:

In recent years, refugee pornography experienced an upsurge
in popularity. Thereby, it uses the mode of crisis as a
narrative tool to justify sexual exploitation. The goal of this
paper is to untangle the construction of such pornography
as a racial fetishization of the veil serving as an extension of
the sexualization of the “Oriental” body during the colonial
era. To open entry points for an academic debate, I will put
it into relation to concepts such as exoticization, othering,
and sexuality. First, I want to explore current academic
debates on pornography, specifically on the interrelations
between politics and porn. Next, I want to analyze the
popularity
of refugee pornography in the case of Germany
and find possible correlations between trends in popularity
and political events. To find an explanation for the latter, I
want to turn to postcolonial studies, more specifically, to a
feminist approach towards Orientalism. Further research is
of importance, given the popularity of this peculiar combination
of crisis and sexual exploitation.

Keywords: Pornography; Refugee; Racial Fetishization;
Postcolonial Feminism; Oriental Body

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