Love for Sale: Courting, Treating, and Prostitution in New by Elizabeth Alice Clement

By Elizabeth Alice Clement

the serious urbanization and industrialization of America's greatest urban from the flip of the 20th century to global warfare II was once observed by way of profound shifts in sexual morality, sexual practices, and gender roles. evaluating prostitution and courtship with a brand new working-class perform of hetero barter known as "treating," Elizabeth Alice Clement examines alterations in sexual morality and sexual and monetary practices.

Women "treated" once they exchanged sexual favors for dinner and an evening's leisure or, extra tangibly, for stockings, sneakers, and different fabric items. those "charity ladies" created for themselves an ethical house among prostitution and courtship that preserved either sexual barter and respectability. even supposing treating, as a in actual fact articulated language and id, started to disappear after the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, Clement argues that it nonetheless had major, lasting results on sleek sexual norms. She demonstrates how treating formed courtship and relationship practices, the superiority and that means of premarital intercourse, and America's constructing advertisement intercourse undefined. Even additional, her research illuminates the ways that sexuality and morality have interaction and give a contribution to our knowing of the wider social different types of race, gender, and class.

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