Conclusion: Towards an Understanding of 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:
Conclusion: Towards an Understanding of the Prostitute Experience

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The conclusion sums up the arguments of the book. It suggests the book's position within wider discussions of sexuality, repression, and deviance. It discusses the complicated relationship between governmental regime and attitudes towards social deviance, arguing that there is no obvious connection between totalitarianism (National Socialism) and repression, on the one hand, and liberal democracy (The Weimar Republic) and permissiveness, on the other. By starting from the prostitute and complementing her experience with political, social and economic contexts, a new and more accurate picture of the prostitute and her milieu emerges. It also reveals the significance of the disparities between national, regional and local politicians and bureaucrats, as well as the deep gulf that can arise between ideological motivation and practical implementation. Prostitution existed largely unchanged across the period, indicating that other factors continued to make trading in vice a necessity for thousands of German women.

Keywords: prostitute; prostitution; experience; Third Reich; deviance; sexuality; Alltagsgeschichte; totalitarianism; criminality; repression

Chapter.  4801 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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