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The Prostitute Experience

Victoria Harris

in Selling Sex in the Reich

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199578573
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578573.003.0003
The Prostitute Experience

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This chapter sets out to establish the experiences of Germany's prostitutes during the first half of the twentieth century. It begins by examining the myths surrounding the prostitute woman during this time, and recasts her position in German society. It seeks to answer the following questions: Who was she? Where did she come from? What type of family did she come from? Why did she enter the sex trade? What did she think of her work? Did her life experiences differ from those of her non‐prostitute peers? In posing these questions, the chapter asks whether current interpretations of prostitutes' social position at this time, both before and after they entered the sex trade, are appropriate or accurate.

Keywords: prostitute; socio‐economic background; mainstream; marginal; control; experience; union; Der Pranger; Bremen System

Chapter.  14982 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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