‘People should keep a grip of themselves’: treatment and prevention of VD

Leanne McCormick

in Regulating Sexuality

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719076640
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702666 | DOI:
‘People should keep a grip of themselves’: treatment and prevention of VD

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This chapter explores the establishment of venereal disease (VD) clinics in Northern Ireland from 1917, and the debates and discourses that emerged in the interwar and Second World War period surrounding VD treatment and prevention. It explains that women who did not conform to accepted standards of sexual behaviour were regarded as responsible for the spread of disease, which was reflected in legislation that attempted to control the sexuality of working-class women. The chapter presents statistics concerning the number of men and women who contracted gonorrhoea and syphilis.

Keywords: VD clinics; Northern Ireland; interwar period; women; sexual behaviour; working-class women; gonorrhoea; syphilis

Chapter.  14644 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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