Topic of thesis: ´Consumerism, Moralism and the Law, intersections between international prostitution policies and the endeavor for gender eqauality´
Abstract: My Ph.D. project is a qualitative study on the self-perceptions and conceptualizations of sex workers clients (male and female) in relation to the current prostitution policies and its feminist genealogoy in Sweden and the Netherlands. Sweden and the Netherlands are historically and politically two very interesting cases to compare since Sweden and the Netherlands changed their policies tremendously at the beginning of this century after years of political debates influenced by women (feminist) movements. Differences can be found in their endeavor for gender equality. This gender equality rational plays a central role in this explorative comparative study on the demand side of sex work in the Netherlands and Sweden. The study aims to give a more nuanced description of the contemporary sex industry in these divergent legislative landscapes of these two countries. In the light of this research I am a visting Ph.D. at the department of Gender Studies at the University of Lund (Sweden) during the academic year 2015 – 2016
Research interests: I have had a profound interest in sexuality and feminist theories and methodologies. My research interests therefore always try to challenge existing (political) discourses involving sexuality and gender, especially those that do not conform to perceived norms or expectations and are therefore confronted with stigma and taboos. Topics of interest are: gender binaries, sexuality, sexual commodification, sexual consumption, the intersections between race-gender-sexuality, sex work, sex workers rights movements, contemporary feminism and (fem)pornography.
Graduated from: Master Degree in Social Sciences, Sociology: Gender, Sexuality and Society (2013-2014) Bachelor Degree in Sociology (2007-2011)
Degrees obtained: MsC. in Sociology: Gender, Sexuality and Society, UvA (2014) Thesis: ‘Feeling Like a Natural Woman: Dutch female demand for male supply in the world of gigoloism’. -Awarded with Lova Master Thesis award 2015. BsC. in Sociology, The University of Amsterdam, UvA (2011) Thesis: ‘An education is your husband: obstacles and motivations from female migrants to participate on the Dutch Labour market’
- SOMET student awarded with the 1st prize -
We are pleased to announce that Merel van Mansom, PhD student of the 30th cohort, has been awarded with the 1st prize of the LOVA/Marjan Rens Master Thesis Award 2015.
On the 5th of June Merel van Mansom (30th cohort) has been awarded with the 1st Prize of the Lova/Marjan Rens Master Thesis Award 2015, with her Thesis: 'Feeling like a natural woman, Dutch female demand for male supply in the world of Gigoloism'. Her thesis is an explorative study based on in-depth interviews with female clientele of gigolo's that tangles with the current theoretical and political assumptions about sex work.
The award is granted every two years for the best Master Thesis in the field of women- and gender studies in Anthropology in the Netherlands. Merel won €500, and she is invited to publish an article based on her thesis in the Lova Journal for Gender Studies and Feminist Anthropology.
The purpose of LOVA is to actively promote Women's Studies, Gender Studies and Feminist Anthropology and to bring forth new theoretical insights to a wider audience within and outside academia. The Marjan Rens Foundation was established to support the activities where anthropologist Marjan Rens, Lova member and development worker who died on the age of 39, attached great importance to. It therefore stimulates Anthropological research with a feminist perspective.