Love for Sale: Courting, Treating, and Prostitution in New York City, 1900-1945 - Gender and American Culture (Paperback)
  • Love for Sale: Courting, Treating, and Prostitution in New York City, 1900-1945 - Gender and American Culture (Paperback)
zoom

Love for Sale: Courting, Treating, and Prostitution in New York City, 1900-1945 - Gender and American Culture (Paperback)

(author)
£35.50
Paperback 344 Pages / Published: 30/06/2006
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
The intense urbanization and industrialization of America's largest city from the turn of the twentieth century to World War II was accompanied by profound shifts in sexual morality, sexual practices, and gender roles. Comparing prostitution and courtship with a new working-class practice of heterosexual barter called ""treating"", Elizabeth Alice Clement examines changes in sexual morality and sexual and economic practices. Women ""treated"" when they exchanged sexual favors for dinner and an evening's entertainment or, more tangibly, for stockings, shoes, and other material goods. These ""charity girls"" created for themselves a moral space between prostitution and courtship that preserved both sexual barter and respectability. Although treating, as a clearly articulated language and identity, began to disappear after the 1920s and 1930s, Clement argues that it still had significant, lasting effects on modern sexual norms. She demonstrates how treating shaped courtship and dating practices, the prevalence and meaning of premarital sex, and America's developing commercial sex industry. Even further, her study illuminates the ways in which sexuality and morality interact and contribute to our understanding of the broader social categories of race, gender, and class.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807856901
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 22 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
Love for Sale would be an excellent addition to an upper-level undergraduate course in the history of sexuality or US women's history.--Journal of the History of Sexuality

You may also be interested in...

Beautiful Thing
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Covent Garden Ladies
Added to basket
Call Me Elizabeth
Added to basket
Confessions of a Working Girl
Added to basket
You Can't Have My Daughter
Added to basket
The Secret History of Georgian London
Added to basket
Slavery Inc.
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Playing the Whore
Added to basket
Slave Girl
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Stolen
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Polygamy and Sublime Passion
Added to basket
God's Callgirl
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Patron Saint of Prostitutes
Added to basket
Invisible
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Paid For
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.