Same destination, different routes
Sex work is always a hot topic in feminist studies. Some women insist that exotic dancing and other sex work is inherently degrading. Others find it a liberating expression of free choice and sexual independence. Julia Query, the narrator and one of the main characters in the documentary, after a while, just found it boring. In other words, it was a job. Live Nude Girls Unite displays, its share of exposed flesh, but at heart it's a movie about work for me. I guess that’s why I really couldn’t tell I like it or not, because it is a ‘real’ documentary for me. It made me believe that whatever you wear or don't wear when you're doing it, is still work. Without excessive political posturing, the film dismantles stereotypes about women who work in the sex industry and makes its powerful feminist argument in an unpretentious way.
Interestingly enough, it seems to me that Half the Sky does the opposite thing. The authors discuss about the important role that the women working in Chinese factories play in boosting Chinese economics and accelerating world trade. However, these women seldom get media’s attention; neither have they had any idea about their own power as a group. For most Chinese people, women working on the assembly lines are so common that there is nothing can be related to feminism. It is very interesting for me that both Half the Sky and Live Nude Girls Unite show female’s power, but in two very different ways. One of them tries to make people believe how common a ‘special’ career is, and the other, instead, try to convince people how special a ‘common’ career is.