Prostitution in Toronto at the turn of the century Nov 22

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Prostitution in Toronto at the turn of the century I Introduction -economic realities of the period -at the time, in the late 19 th early 20 th century, prostitution is something that people are worried about -relevant topic, still with us -reformers and clergymen had a lot to say about the evils of prostitution often referred to as the social evil-important to anaylze this term, allows us to understand how social reformers viewed prostitution, threat to the established social orders, norms, values. But they may have called it the social evil but they had really no concept that prostitituion could have been socially caused. Didn’t accept that there might be social pressures that might lead women to prostitution. Religion said that prostitution was individual failing and sin. Cause was the quote on quote, “Fallen woman” -that analysis dominated the literature at the time Lori Rotenberg-removing rhetoric, look at prostitutes as a variety of the women worker -two kinds of prostitutes in Toronto-full time and part time Part time prostitute did not depend entirely on prostitution for their livelihood, resorted to prostitution to supplement their income. Full Time Prostitutes-usually worked for madams in brothels, catered either to the upper classes or lower classes Then as now many “Legitimate” businesses that worked as a front for prostitution, venues for prostitutes to contact their clients—ice cream parlers -boat houses that operated as brothels near york street -possibility to rent rooms by the hour, usually over stores in various parts of the city -some prostitutes had a room they rented, put sewing machines in the room to make people think they were sew-ers -there were street walkers -any public place could be used as soliciting in Toronto, skating rinks, island ferries II Setting III Profile -who were they? Majority were between the ages of 15-24 -foreign born women were overrepresented in ranks of prostitutes, most from Great Britain -no money or contacts, no family support networks no friends that can take them in or advise them -many prostitutes were former domestic servants -also most of Toronto’s domestics are immigrants -if you lost your job as a servant you also lost your home. Double challenge that may have made prostitution an alternative for them Clark in Toronto of the good-prostitution most prevalent in lower class women Study done in 1913—48% used to be domestic servants -many domestic servants suffered exploitation (sexual) from employer and there sons -evidence that this existed
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-in Clark’s book he talks about several examples of this -domestic servants who lose their virginity, becoming pregnant, what that meant, was that she was probably no longer marriageable, enough to disqualify you from finding a husband -often lose their jobs -find herself ostracized from respectable society and even from her family IV The Moral Reformer’s Analysis Clark-Most of Toronto’s prostitutes motivated by pure licentiousness -unnatural for women to be prostitutes
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