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By the late 1880s feminists had lost considerable

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- by the late 1880s, feminists had lost considerable authority in the public discussion over sex to a coalition of male professional experts, conservative churchmen, and social purity advocates no positive assertion of female sexuality “protection” of young women usually led to coercive and repressive measures against those same women - the reality of a hierarchy of power severely impeded feminists’ efforts to use purity crusades to defend and empower women - we must take care not to play into the hands of the New Right or the Moral Majority, who are only too delighted to cast women as victims requiring male protection and control, and who desire to turn feminist protest into a politics of repression The Lost Sisterhood: Prostitution in America by Ruth Rosen - the closing of the red-light districts scarcely banished commercialized sex from the urban landscape - the state responded paternalistically to the needs of people and neglected their rights as individuals prostitutes were stigmatized as criminals - efforts to control prostitution have remained arbitrary ad sporadic
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Week 5 - in the 19 th century, most Americans and politicians reluctantly acknowledged its presence as a necessary evil - prostitutes and pimps participated in a constant hide-and-seek game with law authorities - although prostitution has lost the powerful symbolic meaning it possessed during the Progressive Era, it is still viewed by many Americans as a rather alien, immoral, and now criminal, activity still represents the quintessential form of sexual exploitation of women in a masculine society - women who sell their bodies continue to suffer from a double standard of social and criminal justice still reflects social class stratification and caters to every man’s budget - forced prostitution has not disappeared; white slavery still exists - the illusion that prostitution may provide a certain degree of upward mobility continues to play an important role in the recruitment of young women into the trade - the degree of violence associated with prostitution has increased since the closing of the red- light districts fear of violence makes escape impossible or unimaginable for many contemporary prostitutes endless cycle of degradation and danger - most 20 th century prostitutes came from poor families and from families torn apart by divorce, death, desertion, sexual abuse, and concurrent changes in the family economy - prostitution tends to mirror changes in the family, women’s lives, and sex roles - students also support their education through prostitution temporary but not free of danger o sometimes they turn to heroin - the entry of young teenagers, particularly runaways, into the sex market represents the greatest change in the practice of prostitution easy targets for pimps lack of confidence 70% have been sexually abused by their families - the majority of women today are still channeled into a sex-segregated labor force
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