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Whores in history : prostitution in western society

Author: Nickie Roberts
Publisher: London : Harper Collins, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'If prostitution is the world's oldest profession, then men writing about it is certainly the second oldest.' It was to retrieve an important part of women's history from the hands of male writers - who have defined prostitution from their own point of view as the client sex - that Nickie Roberts undertook this invigorating blend of social history and sexual politics. In her far-reaching narrative account, the
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Roberts, Nickie, 1949-
Whores in history.
London : Harper Collins, 1992
(OCoLC)651875656
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nickie Roberts
ISBN: 0246132345 9780246132345
OCLC Number: 26200496
Description: xii, 380 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Origins: the Goddess and the Whore --
2. Classical Attitudes: Wives, Slaves and Whores --
3. The Roman Circus: the Imperial Sex Trade --
4. The Dark Ages: the Martyrdom of Sexuality --
5. The Roaring Trade: Prostitution in Medieval Europe --
6. An Unholy Trinity: Organized Prostitution, the Crown and the Church --
7. Splendours and Miseries: Prostitution in the Renaissance and Reformation --
8. Feign'd Tears and Forg'd Smiles: Prostitutes' Lives in the 16th and 17th Centuries --
9. Almighty Curtezan: the Triumph of the Aristocracy --
10. The Age of Debauchery: 18th-Century Europe --
11. Old World, New World: 19th-Century Prostitution on Two Continents --
12. Madonnas and Magdalens: the Whore-Stigma in the 19th Century --
13. 'Shame, Shame, Horror!': Abolitionism and the Struggle for Social Purity --
14. Prostitution in a Free Society: the 20th Century --
15. Women in Danger: Prostitution Now --
16. Coming Out of Stigma: Contemporary Whores and the Creation of a Movement.
Responsibility: Nickie Roberts.
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