Feminizing Venereal Disease

The Body of the Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century Medical Discourse
Author(s): 
Spongberg, Mary
ISBN: 
0333639243
Date published: 
December 1996
Paperback
Price: 
£16.99
Pages: 
248

In the late-eighteenth century all women were considered potentially infectious to men but by the early-twentieth century only certain women were considered vectors of disease. By focusing on representations of the prostitute in medical and legal discourse, art, literature and religion this book will chart these shifts, while at the same time exploring broader concerns about construction of femininity and masculinity, the protection of male sexual privilege and the impact of feminism and eugenics on medicine, the law and popular culture.