in Before Porn Was Legal

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780226325217
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226325231 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is the story of Beate Uhse-Rotermund and her erotica business in West Germany. The book discusses the challenges faced by Uhse-Rotermund in launching her business in the conservative period of the 1950s, offers an account of the history of sexual morals in West Germany, and also clarifies the myths about Uhse-Rotermund, who started the world's first erotica business.

Keywords: Beate Uhse-Rotermund; erotica business; West Germany; conservative period; sexual morals

Chapter.  11284 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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