3 pm to 5 pm
“Sex and the ILO: Seafarers, Emigrants, and the Politics of Protection”
Eileen Boris, University of California, Santa Barbara
This paper considers debates over ILO conventions and recommendations related to the working conditions of seafarers, especially conditions in ports, as well as those addressing the transit of women and children as emigrants, during the first half of the 20th century. By comparing emigrant women and seafaring men, I offer an interpretation that recovers the idea of labor standards as worker protection against the vagaries of employment and thus views men as well as women subject to bodily safeguards-and disciplining. With input into the League of Nation’s Committee on the Traffic in Women and Children, ILO discussions of women and girls on ships and in transit mariners in port became occasions to debate sexual danger, embodiment, and conditions of work.
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