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This exhibit highlights the way that respectability politics have been used to socialize women. Mothers who are prostitutes are seen as living outside of the boundaries of the trope of the "good mother", and therefore, by society, should not be able to be mothers.
This exhibit examines the social roles of “mother” and “prostitute” that are assumed to be incompatible. As a result of this assumption, prostitute mothers are often erased from current public discourse and art, are believed to negatively influence their children, have strong reasons for choosing their profession, and face obstacles in accessing health care. This exhibit will report on these phenomena, as well as the depiction of prostitute mothers in Alexandre Parent-Duchatelet's work.