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[OBG] White Skin Privilege. Modern Myth, Forgotten Past

#31
Duxide,

How many more reviewers are needed? There have already been two.

I agree that the editors should authorize any new reviewers. If the current four prove to be insufficient, I'll provide more names. But, first, let's work with what we have.
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#32
(2016-Feb-29, 21:34:15)Peter Frost Wrote: Duxide,

How many more reviewers are needed? There have already been two.

I agree that the editors should authorize any new reviewers. If the current four prove to be insufficient, I'll provide more names. But, first, let's work with what we have.


Peter,

I perused the thread and found only Emil's approval. Are there other approvals that I do not know of? Publication in this journal requires 3 approvals. I will give my approval if you make the changes you requested but if you do not want to, you can always find another reviewer who is fine with the paper how it is.

Edit 1: I am aware one external reviewer (Razib) has been seeked out yet, and this means that any other reviewers will have to be approved by the review team. Moreover, I cannot see Razib's approval in the thread.
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#33
Duxide,

I'm currently out of the country and don't have access to my home computer, but the email that Razib sent to me indicated approval. In any case, the editors should ask him directly whether or not he approves the manuscript, as it now exists.

I'm not sure what you mean when you refer to the changes you requested. I cannot discuss Nigerian prostitutes as being comparable to the case of the white slave trade because their case is not comparable. They come to Europe of their own free will to live a better life. Yes, their lives in Europe seem terrible, and they complain about "exploitation" and "slavery" but these are simply tactics to regularize their status so that they may stay in Europe and eventually sponsor their children and next-of-kin.

When you state that Nigerian prostitutes are "exploited" and thus "enslaved" you are implying that they should be earning much higher wages for their services. If their wages don't reflect their true market value, demand for their services should exceed their supply, and they will not have to market themselves aggressively. Yet everything in the literature indicates the opposite: Nigerian prostitutes have to market themselves aggressively because demand for their services is weak.
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#34
(2016-Mar-01, 08:57:10)Peter Frost Wrote: Duxide,

I'm currently out of the country and don't have access to my home computer, but the email that Razib sent to me indicated approval. In any case, the editors should ask him directly whether or not he approves the manuscript, as it now exists.

I'm not sure what you mean when you refer to the changes you requested.


By the changes I requested I meant adding a specific (separate) section to the paper dealing with the issue of non-white women slave trade.It's just an editorial quibble. I will email Razib.
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#35
To whom it may concern, I approved publication of his paper in the OBG journal,.
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#36
We now have 2 approvals. If the author makes the requested changes, I will give my approval too and that will guarantee publication.
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#37
Duxide,

I have no problem with adding a separate section on international trafficking in prostitutes, as it developed in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is what you requested in your review (comment #21).

Such a discussion would end with the conclusion that such trafficking is not comparable with the trade in enslaved women of previous periods. A prostitute is an agent in her own right. Her physical and cultural characteristics are therefore a function not only of what the client desires but also of her willingness to engage in prostitution, particularly in places far from her place of origin. This willingness, in turn, is a function of her cultural background.

For instance, historically there have been much fewer Muslim prostitutes engaged in this trafficking than Japanese prostitutes. Is this because Muslim prostitutes are less desirable? A more salient reason is that it is much easier to recruit prostitutes in Japanese society than in Muslim society. In the latter case, recruitment of prostitutes is much more circumscribed, prostitutes being recruited in the past much more among non-Muslims (Christians, Jews, pagans) who were already stigmatized and/or less bound by Islamic morality.

Again, I have no problems with adding this chapter and perhaps it would be worthwhile for me to anticipate the criticisms of those who consider prostitution to be comparable to slavery.
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#38
(2016-Mar-02, 08:31:38)Peter Frost Wrote: Duxide,

I have no problem with adding a separate section on international trafficking in prostitutes, as it developed in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is what you requested in your review (comment #21).

Such a discussion would end with the conclusion that such trafficking is not comparable with the trade in enslaved women of previous periods. A prostitute is an agent in her own right. Her physical and cultural characteristics are therefore a function not only of what the client desires but also of her willingness to engage in prostitution, particularly in places far from her place of origin. This willingness, in turn, is a function of her cultural background.

For instance, historically there have been much fewer Muslim prostitutes engaged in this trafficking than Japanese prostitutes. Is this because Muslim prostitutes are less desirable? A more salient reason is that it is much easier to recruit prostitutes in Japanese society than in Muslim society. In the latter case, recruitment of prostitutes is much more circumscribed, prostitutes being recruited in the past much more among non-Muslims (Christians, Jews, pagans) who were already stigmatized and/or less bound by Islamic morality.

Again, I have no problems with adding this chapter and perhaps it would be worthwhile for me to anticipate the criticisms of those who consider prostitution to be comparable to slavery.


Yes please add this chapter and anticipate the criticisms as you have done in this thread.
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#39
I have just realized that Emil gave his approval when this paper was submitted to ODP. However, this is now a OBG submission. Emil is not a reviewer for OBG so his approval cannot count unless he makes an application as one-time or permanent reviewer for OBG. I can vouch for Emil's ability to review this paper but 2 more review members will have to approve Emil as one-time reviewer too.
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#40
Peter,

This small study (N=98) did not find any effect on skin tone in a sample of US Mexicans. Sample size seems sufficient to find a moderate effect, but cannot rule out a small effect. How large effect size would you estimate that skin tone plays in attractiveness ratings? E.g. r=0.2?

http://evp.sagepub.com/content/14/1/1474...31614.full
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