Ending prostitution 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 openness about sex all influenced how the public viewed sex and stigmatized sexual behavior. In this session, participants will explore attempts at sex regulation in the twentieth century and draw comparisons to today’s views on sex and prostitution.
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