Resisting Rape Culture

The Hebrew Bible and Hong Kong Sex Workers

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Nancy Nam Hoon Tan
  • New York: 
    , October
     108 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Resisting Rape Culture tackles controversial and harrowing rape myths prevalent in rape culture: namely that sex workers do not get raped, and that they are deserving victims of sexual violence. Commonly, sociocultural discourses depict sex workers as morally deficient and promiscuous, having sex with multiple clients in exchange for payment. Consequently, they are often considered deserving of rape, sexual assault and other forms of abuse, or as people who should expect to receive such treatment. In a way, the Hebrew Bible contributes to such stigmatization of and discrimination against sex workers, given first, its authority and second, its negative portrayals of prostitutes as outsiders.

This cutting-edge book describes the rape culture in Hong Kong, focusing on how Hong Kong Christians interpret the Bible concerning prostitutes, and in turn how this affects the treatment of sex workers. Arguably, when interpretations malign the prostitutes in the Bible, and do not critique how the Bible portrays these women, we promote the stigmatization of sex workers and, in doing so, normalise and trivialise sexual discrimination, abuse and violence, ultimately promoting rape culture.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Nancy Nam Hoon Tan is an independent scholar based in Singapore. Until January 2020, she was the Associate Professor in Hebrew Bible at Divinity School of Chung Chi College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


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