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Selling Sex in the ReichProstitutes in German Society, 1914-1945$
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Victoria Harris

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199578573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578573.001.0001

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The Prostitute Experience

The Prostitute Experience

(p.39) 1 The Prostitute Experience
Selling Sex in the Reich

Victoria Harris (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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

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