Prostitution In The Victorian Era


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talks about history of prostitution in England during the victorian era, why women became prostitutes, and how oppression has continually kept women from fully having the same rights as men

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  • Are there more brothels now or then, or hae modern ones been pushed underground? then again, modern brothels are much more regulated, at least in countries like Australia.
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  • Nice Presentation. But you're misinformed. In areas where prostitution in legalized, there is actually in increase in illegal prostituttion, such as a vast increase of child prostitution and trafficking of illegal women from foreign countries. The problem with regulation is that women don't want to legally register as prostitutes, because of the stigma and some of them want to leave the industry one day, but they will be forever labeled as prostitutes. Also nearly 90% of women prostitutes want to get out of prostitution but are uable to, because of various factors. Prostitution causes serious psychological and physical problems also. I think you should get rid of that slide, it's mere opinion.
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Prostitution In The Victorian Era

  1. Prostitution in the Victorian Era How men and poverty caused prostitution Merli Estime Professor LaFont Anthropology 39
  2. Why Women Resorted to Prostitution <ul><li>Prostitution was acceptable behavior in the Victorian era </li></ul><ul><li>Viewed as a women “having her way” because she wasn’t seen as pure; once she violated the wishes of her husband </li></ul><ul><li>England was a patriarchal society that viewed men as decision makers and women as property </li></ul><ul><li>Men had the authority to divorce their wife, and kick her out of the house if he had reason to believe that she was unclean </li></ul><ul><li>Prostitution was a means of living in a society where little employment, education, and economic opportunity was available </li></ul>
  3. Women Forced to Prostitution A young servant girl is being forced into having sex with her boss. Today this would be classified as sexual harassment
  4. Why Women Resorted to Prostitution (continued) <ul><li>Pure women could not wear jewelry, nor could they have pleasurable sex </li></ul><ul><li>Their role was to reproduce children and maintain the house </li></ul><ul><li>They were not allowed to have any property nor could they hold a job unless it was a servant or teacher </li></ul><ul><li>A woman was to obey her husband because he was by law responsible for her </li></ul>
  5. Man’s Ideal Women Women were expected to be pure, not wear makeup, and jewelry. It was also not acceptable for women to bare there legs. Their job was to reproduce children and take care of the house and her husband. Her needs didn’t exist.
  6. Young Girls Precious Prostitutes <ul><li>It wasn’t just women but young girls that could range from eighteen to under the age of twelve </li></ul><ul><li>Young girls were forced into prostitution as a means of income for their families. </li></ul><ul><li>The demand for little girls was so high that men were willing to pay good money for them </li></ul><ul><li>-twenty pounds for working class girls between 14-18 </li></ul><ul><li>-a hundred pounds for middle class girls at the same age </li></ul><ul><li>-four hundred pounds for upper class girls under the age of 12 </li></ul>
  7. Young Girls Precious Prostitutes <ul><li>While some girls were forced into prostitution by families for economic reasons others were kidnapped in order to meet the demands of men </li></ul><ul><li>It was a belief that by having sex with a child , you would be cured from the sexually transmitted diseases </li></ul>
  8. Prostitution: Benefiting Men Two Fold <ul><li>Men were able to use prostitution as a means of economic development, industrialization and urbanization </li></ul><ul><li>Prostitution of women became like a luxury item (like a car) they were advertised as “sexed bodies for hire” </li></ul><ul><li>There was a decrease of women in the domestic labor force examples: servants, seamstresses, chambermaids </li></ul><ul><li>These women were turning to the prostitution industry because it seemed more beneficial economically </li></ul><ul><li>As result male immigrants were able to secure jobs. </li></ul>
  9. Prostitution= Business Opportunity for Men This is a whorehouse where It was a belief that if a woman wasn’t under orders of a man and she was independent; she would take on a label worse then a prostitute she would be considered a whore.
  10. Prostitutes Victimized This is picture of a police article about Jack The Ripper’s fourth victim, 43-year-old Catherine Eddowes who had been slashed to death. Their was a public outcry because prostitutes were being killed and police investigations were not being done.
  11. Religion, Society and a Solution to Prostitution <ul><li>There was a movement at the turn of the 19 th century to save the growing number of prostitutes </li></ul><ul><li>Through religion help would only be offered on the account that the prostitute would repent </li></ul><ul><li>Problem that arose with this was that once a girl or woman became a prostitute she was looked at as an outcast </li></ul><ul><li>Even organizations like The Society for the Protection of Women and Children wouldn’t help these girls and instead would ignore the issue </li></ul>
  12. Religion, Society and Solution to Prostitution (continued) <ul><li>Christian abolitionists solution for ending prostitution would be by teaching young children to stay away from it </li></ul><ul><li>Another solution would be to turn away from prostitution and turn over a new leaf (clean) </li></ul><ul><li>the problem for a lot of those prostitutes, the reasoning behind why some had chosen the path was to have a roof over their head and food to eat </li></ul><ul><li>Regulationist ( police and physicians) solution for prostitution was to regulate or legalize it. </li></ul><ul><li>Their hopes in regulating or legalizing prostitution would bring a decrease in crime and sexually transmitted diseases </li></ul>
  13. Prostitution Still an Issue <ul><li>Prostitution has not decreased or gone way in the least bit </li></ul><ul><li>The reasons that women and young girls had turned to prostitution in the Victorian era still holds true today </li></ul><ul><li>-economical needs: more and more women and children are living in poverty than ever before </li></ul><ul><li>-emotional and sexual satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>-being sexually abused as a child: similar to the fate of young girls in the Victorian era who had been kidnapped </li></ul><ul><li>-selling sex in exchange for drugs and money </li></ul>
  14. Prostitution Still an Issue ( continued ) <ul><li>Society still views prostitution as morally wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Women who are prostitutes are viewed as used product, broken, no good, and disease ridden </li></ul><ul><li>Respect is not given to prostitutes </li></ul><ul><li>They are viewed not viewed as victims but as asking for “it”; men are innocent </li></ul>
  15. Prostitution Still an Issue ( continued ) <ul><li>The debate still continues today as to whether or not prostitution should be legalized or regulated by the government </li></ul><ul><li>Several religions still believe that prostitution is immoral and that it not only exploits women but demoralize marriage </li></ul><ul><li>The biggest supporters of prostitutes are prostitutes </li></ul>
  16. Final Say <ul><li>In reading about the Victorian era and prostitution, I’ve learned that in more ways than one men for a very long time have kept women oppressed. They have done this by being in roles of power (politics), and made laws that would indeed benefit them and not women. To know that you can marry a man work equally as hard as him and that you would only be recognized as one, is ridiculous. These women weren’t wives they were more like well treated slaves to their husbands. </li></ul><ul><li>I was surprised by the fact that in England prostitution, although is not talked about the fact that they have public brothels, and that it was expected of a man to not only have a wife but to also have sex with a prostitute to fulfill his sexual appetite; something his wife was forbidden to do. Who knew? Another issue that was appalling to me was the fact that young children were being forced into prostitution in order to provide for the family. In that time period I guess knowing your child would suffer all in the name of the family would sit right in their hearts. </li></ul>
  17. Final Say (continued) <ul><li>My opinion: legalize and regulate prostitution, let them create a union, that’s the least that this patriarchal society can do. After all these centuries of oppression and having to follow the direct orders of a man, it’s about time that a woman be able to choose what she wants to do. Doesn’t the fact remain that it is her body, who are we to tell her what she is doing with it. </li></ul><ul><li>For the religious nay sayers think about it in the end when judgment day arrives, we are not the ones to judge. So stop making judgment calls for people on their lives, it is their’s to live. </li></ul>
  18. Bibliography <ul><li>Stolba, Christine. “The Newest Dilemma About the Oldest Profession.” Women’s Quarterly . Autumn 2000, Vol 26. </li></ul><ul><li>Pivar, David J. Purity Crusade Sexual Morality and Social Control, 1868-1900. Connecticut: Greenwood Press, Inc., 1973. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Sex Business”. Economist . February 14, 1998. Vol 346, Issue 8055. </li></ul><ul><li>Sims, E. (1910), “For God’s sake do something: Trafficking in Young Girls or War on the White Slave Trade”. G.S. Ball. </li></ul><ul><li>Joseph, Cathy. Scarlet Wounding: Issues of Child Prostitution. The Journal of Psychohistory . V. 23 No. 1 Summer 1995 </li></ul>