A few years ago I wrote a paper about the sexualization of public space in Switzerland. The paper will be published next year as “Sex in the City: On Making Space and Identity in Travel Spaces” in a book about Semiotic Landscapes: Language, Image, Space edited by Adam Jaworski and Crispin Thurlow (Continuum). A preprint is available from our Resources Section (click on “Multilingualism in Tourism”). The paper developed out of the observation that prostitution and the sex industry more generally enjoy high visibility in Swiss cities, and, indeed, throughout Europe. My data included billboards such as the one in the picture but also shop fronts, newspaper ads, graffiti and websites – all of which are an integral part of the semiotic landscape of Switzerland.
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