Selling Sex in the Reich: Prostitutes in German Society, by Victoria Harris

By Victoria Harris

Promoting intercourse within the Reich makes a speciality of the voices and stories of prostitutes operating within the German intercourse exchange within the first 1/2 the 20th century. Victoria Harris develops a nuanced photo of the prostitutes' backgrounds, their purposes for coming into the exchange, and their attitudes in the direction of their paintings and those that sought to regulate them, in addition to in their consumers and the wide range of alternative gamers in the wider prostitute milieu. Public responses to the difficulty of prostitution are published during the motivations of the legislations enforcement enterprises, social staff, and medical professionals who more and more tried to control and comprise prostitutes' routine and behavior and to scientifically categorize them as a bunch. Prostitution can assist recast our knowing of sexuality and ethics, instructing us a lot approximately how German society outlined itself via its definition of who didn't belong inside it. additionally, universal conceptions of the connection among the kind of executive in energy and legitimate attitudes in the direction of sexuality are challenged. For, as Harris indicates, the commonly used wish to keep watch over electorate' sexuality transcended conventional left-right divides all through this era and intensified with fiscal and political modernization, generating incredible continuities around the Wilhelmine, Weimar, and Nazi eras.

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Selling Sex in the Reich: Prostitutes in German Society, 1914-1945

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Scott, ‘The Tip of the Volcano’, Comparative Studies in Society and History 35 (1993), 438–43, quotes 438, 443. ⁶¹ Laura Lee Downs, ‘If Woman is Just an Empty Category’, 444. ⁶² Diane Elam, ‘Sisters are Doing it To Themselves’, in E.

It allowed for an escape from a patriarchal system that sought to deny female sexual pleasure and render women passive participants in male sexual desires. Some feminists went so far as to reclaim prostitutes’ sexual freedom by arguing that prostitution was a legitimate form of work. The American group COYOTE (Call off Your Old Tired Ethics), founded by feminist-prostitute Margo St. James, argued that ‘to make a great distinction between being paid for an hour’s sexual services, or an hour’s typing, or an hour’s acting on a stage is to make a distinction that is not there’.

Four years later, the police again faced Cornelie’s wrath while she was interned for psychological screening in Leipzig’s St Jakob’s hospital. She had been sent there after committing the potentially dangerous offence of insulting the F¨uhrer, as well as refusing to register her residence with the police or to accompany them to the police station. In hospital, the police interviewer asked Cornelie to sketch significant facts about her recent past, to which she responded that she had no home, her parents were dead, and she was separated from her husband.

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