• Title: Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality At The Border
  • Author: Eithne Luibhéid
  • ISBN: 9780816638048
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • Entry Denied Controlling Sexuality At The Border Lesbians prostitutes women likely to have sex across racial lines brought to the United States for immoral purposes or arriving in a state of pregnancy national threats one and all Since the late
    Lesbians, prostitutes, women likely to have sex across racial lines, brought to the United States for immoral purposes, or arriving in a state of pregnancy national threats, one and all Since the late nineteenth century, immigrant women s sexuality has been viewed as a threat to national security, to be contained through strict border monitoring practices By scruLesbians, prostitutes, women likely to have sex across racial lines, brought to the United States for immoral purposes, or arriving in a state of pregnancy national threats, one and all Since the late nineteenth century, immigrant women s sexuality has been viewed as a threat to national security, to be contained through strict border monitoring practices By scrutinizing this policy, its origins, and its application, Eithne Luibheid shows how the U.S border became a site not just for controlling female sexuality but also for contesting, constructing, and renegotiating sexual identity.Initially targeting Chinese women, immigration control based on sexuality rapidly expanded to encompass every woman who sought entry to the United States The particular cases Luibheid examines efforts to differentiate Chinese prostitutes from wives, the 1920s exclusion of Japanese wives to reduce the Japanese American birthrate, the deportation of a Mexican woman on charges of lesbianism, the role of rape in mediating women s border crossings today challenge conventional accounts that attribute exclusion solely to prejudice or lack of information This innovative work clearly links sexuality based immigration exclusion to a dominant nationalism premised on sexual, gender, racial, and class hierarchies.

    One Reply to “Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality At The Border”

    1. A very well-researched and thorough look at specific cases and how these spoke larger truths about immigration law and its enforcement, and how this affects the nation's rights and histories as a whole. The first chapter makes a compelling argument of how early immigration laws targeted women - often non-white and often lower class - in an attempt to create a very specific American populace in the face of perceived threats from outside the borders. This is an argument that she carries throughout [...]

    2. Uses Foucault (The History of Sexuality An Introduction and Discipline and Punish) to make the point that "sexual regulation at the border matters, not just on its own terms but also because it draws on and reinforces systems of sexual regulation that are directed at populations living in the United States" (xviii).

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