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Merel Arianne van Mansom

Ph.D. Student

I am a Ph.D. student at the Department of Social and Political Science of the University of Milan since October 2014. I have a Master of Science degree from the University of Amsterdam with a specialization in Gender and Sexuality. Since my Bachelor studies, also at the University of Amsterdam ,  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, especially those that do not conform to perceived norms or expectations and are therefore confronted with stigma and taboos. This resulted in my Master thesis: ´Feeling like a natural woman, Dutch female demand for male supply in the world of gigoloism´.

Current Research
My Ph.D. project with the provisional title: ´Consumerism, Moralism and the Law, intersections between international prostitution policies and the endeavor for gender equality´ 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 genealogy in Sweden and the Netherlands.  In the light of this research I will be a visiting student at the department of  Gender Studies at the University of Lund, Sweden during the academic year 2015-2016.

Research Interests
Sexuality, sexual commodification, intersections between politics-gender-sexuality, sex worker rights movements, sexual minorities, (sex)trafficking, feminist movements,  feminist methodology, (fem)pornography.

1st Prize of the Lova Master Thesis Award 2015. For more information:

Mansom, M. (2015) Feeling like a natural woman; Gigoloism and female desire, in: Lova Journal, 36 (forthcoming).


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E-post: merel.van_mansom [at]


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