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Author Roberts, Nickie, 1949-

Title Whores in history : prostitution in western society / Nickie Roberts
Published London : HarperCollins, 1992


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Description xii, 380 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 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
Summary Blending social history and sexual politics, this book aims to retrieve prostitution from the hands of male writers who have defined the "oldest profession" from their own point of view as the client sex. The author challenges orthodox views on prostitutes and, in this narrative account, proclaims herself on the side of the unrepentant whore, the most maligned woman in history. From the high-ranking temple whores of Egypt and the courtesans of Greece and Rome, she tells the story of the prostitute with liberal quotations from contemporary sources and anecdotes of bawdy-house and brothel life. She shows how, in the Middle Ages, the Church exploited the sex industry to build churches out of the proceeds; she describes French brothels Italian and the Victorian denial of female sexuality and the double standards of conventional attitudes. In the 20th century section, the book gives whores their voice and describes whores' movements such as the English Collective of Prostitutes and the American COYOTE ("call off your old tired ethics"). The author also dissects feminist approaches to the subject and argues strongly in favour of decriminalization of prostitution and the sexual and financial autonomy of the whore. (Amazon website)
Analysis Prostitution History
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [365]-368) and index
Subject Prostitutes -- History.
Prostitutes -- Social conditions.
Prostitution -- History.
Sex Work -- history.
LC no. bnb24613234
ISBN 0246132345