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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 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.

Synopsis:

"Persuasive. . . . Adds to the social history of New York literature."

Register of the Kentucky Historical Society "With rich examples relayed through an often sparkling narrative, this is a remarkable book."

Leisa D. Meyer, College of William and Mary

Synopsis:

Comparing prostitution and courtship with a new working-class practice of heterosexual barter called "treating," in which women exchanged sexual favors for dinner and entertainment or for stockings, shoes, and other material goods, Clement examines changes in sexual morality and sexual and economic practices during a period of intense urbanization and industrialization in early 20th-century NYC. She shows that treating had lasting effects on modern courtship and dating practices, the prevalence and meaning of premarital sex, and America's developing commercial sex industry.

About the Author

Elizabeth Clement is assistant professor of history at the University of Utah.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807856901
Author:
Clement, Elizabeth
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Sex customs
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
sexuality; sexual morality; gender roles; industrialization; prostitution; courtship; treating; sexual favors; sexual barter; sexual virtue; premarital sex; sex industry; sexual intercourse; ethnicity; gender relations; working-class; heterosexuality; sil
Subject:
sexuality; sexual morality; gender roles; industrialization; prostitution; courtship; treating; sexual favors; sexual barter; sexual virtue; premarital sex; sex industry; sexual intercourse; ethnicity; gender relations; working-class; heterosexuality; sil
Subject:
sexuality; sexual morality; gender roles; industrialization; prostitution; courtship; treating; sexual favors; sexual barter; sexual virtue; premarital sex; sex industry; sexual intercourse; ethnicity; gender relations; working-class; heterosexuality; sil
Subject:
Prostitution -- New York (State) -- New York.
Subject:
Sex customs -- New York (State) -- New York.
Subject:
sexuality; sexual morality; gender roles; industrialization; prostitution; courtship; treating; sexual favors; sexual barter; sexual virtue; premarital sex; sex industry; sexual intercourse; ethnicity; gender relations; working-class; heterosexuality; sil
Subject:
sexuality; sexual morality; gender roles; industrialization; prostitution; courtship; treating; sexual favors; sexual barter; sexual virtue; premarital sex; sex industry; sexual intercourse; ethnicity; gender relations; working-class; heterosexuality; sil
Subject:
sexuality; sexual morality; gender roles; industrialization; prostitution; courtship; treating; sexual favors; sexual barter; sexual virtue; premarital sex; sex industry; sexual intercourse; ethnicity; gender relations; working-class; heterosexuality; sil
Subject:
sexuality; sexual morality; gender roles; industrialization; prostitution; courtship; treating; sexual favors; sexual barter; sexual virtue; premarital sex; sex industry; sexual intercourse; ethnicity; gender relations; working-class; heterosexuality; sil
Subject:
sexuality; sexual morality; gender roles; industrialization; prostitution; courtship; treating; sexual favors; sexual barter; sexual virtue; premarital sex; sex industry; sexual intercourse; ethnicity; gender relations; working-class; heterosexuality; sil
Subject:
sexuality; sexual morality; gender roles; industrialization; prostitution; courtship; treating; sexual favors; sexual barter; sexual virtue; premarital sex; sex industry; sexual intercourse; ethnicity; gender relations; working-class; heterosexuality; sil
Subject:
sexuality; sexual morality; gender roles; industrialization; prostitution; courtship; treating; sexual favors; sexual barter; sexual virtue; premarital sex; sex industry; sexual intercourse; ethnicity; gender relations; working-class; heterosexuality; sil
Subject:
sexuality; sexual morality; gender roles; industrialization; prostitution; courtship; treating; sexual favors; sexual barter; sexual virtue; premarital sex; sex industry; sexual intercourse; ethnicity; gender relations; working-class; heterosexuality; sil
Subject:
sexuality; sexual morality; gender roles; industrialization; prostitution; courtship; treating; sexual favors; sexual barter; sexual virtue; premarital sex; sex industry; sexual intercourse; ethnicity; gender relations; working-class; heterosexuality; sil
Subject:
sexuality; sexual morality; gender roles; industrialization; prostitution; courtship; treating; sexual favors; sexual barter; sexual virtue; premarital sex; sex industry; sexual intercourse; ethnicity; gender relations; working-class; heterosexuality; sil
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
sexual morality
Subject:
gender roles
Subject:
Industrialization
Subject:
Prostitution
Subject:
Courtship
Subject:
treating
Subject:
sexual favors
Subject:
sexual barter
Subject:
sexual virtue
Subject:
Premarital sex.
Subject:
sex industry
Subject:
Sexual intercourse
Subject:
Ethnicity
Subject:
gender relations
Subject:
Working class
Subject:
Heterosexuality
Subject:
Silk stockings
Subject:
Dating
Subject:
World War I
Subject:
silk sto
Subject:
ckings
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
treati
Subject:
Ng
Subject:
sexual
Subject:
Intercourse
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Gender and American Culture
Publication Date:
June 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
31 illus.
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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Product details 344 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807856901 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Persuasive. . . . Adds to the social history of New York literature."

Register of the Kentucky Historical Society "With rich examples relayed through an often sparkling narrative, this is a remarkable book."

Leisa D. Meyer, College of William and Mary

"Synopsis" by , Comparing prostitution and courtship with a new working-class practice of heterosexual barter called "treating," in which women exchanged sexual favors for dinner and entertainment or for stockings, shoes, and other material goods, Clement examines changes in sexual morality and sexual and economic practices during a period of intense urbanization and industrialization in early 20th-century NYC. She shows that treating had lasting effects on modern courtship and dating practices, the prevalence and meaning of premarital sex, and America's developing commercial sex industry.
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