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Public Scholars Project
Purity Crusades vs. Prostitution
April 8, 2019 at 1:00 PM | East Brunswick, NJ | East Brunswick Public Library
Ending prositution at the turn of the twentieth century was a priority in many American cities. Gender, race, ethnicity, and class all played into addressing this particular vice as purity crusades grew in force. Women in the work force, cheap amusements, slumming, the emergence of the flapper, and greater openess about sex all influenced how the public viewed sex and stigmatized sexual behavior. In this session, participants will explore attemps at sex regulation in the twentieth century and draw comparisions to todays views on sex and prostitution.
Leslie Fishbein, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University
East Brunswick Public Library
2 Jean Walling Dr
East Brunswick, NJ