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The contagious diseases Act

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kim147 Wed 05-Mar-14 19:50:53

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DinoSnores Wed 05-Mar-14 19:52:51

I think Jennifer Worth discussed this in one of her 'Call the Midwife' books but that's the only way I've ever heard of it.

kim147 Wed 05-Mar-14 19:56:10

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KaseyM Wed 05-Mar-14 20:50:45

Oh yes, I love the history of the Contagious diseases Act. Wasn't that Josephine Butler? And what was cool was that the women who campaigned turned the spotlight away from the women who were looked down for being prostitutes and towards the men who used them.

IIRC!!

sashh Thu 06-Mar-14 06:34:27

Wasn't any woman living within a certain distance of a port automatically assumed to be a prostitute for the purposes of the act?

meditrina Thu 06-Mar-14 07:06:43

"Wasn't any woman living within a certain distance of a port automatically assumed to be a prostitute for the purposes of the act?"

No.

The history of VD, especially pre-antibiotic is fascinating. The stats for time away from the Front during WW1 are staggering, and of course led to problems when infected men came home. Similar in Ww2, but numbers nt quite so great.

Insisting sex workers had health checks by law is draconian, but it's the same principle as those who are calling for 'mandatory checks' for sex workers today (though treatment would not take place in gaol these days), and of course if the sex work is in pornographic films, then sexual health checks for both sexes are mandatory (at the higher end, anyhow).

MyCatLovesMeSometimes Thu 06-Mar-14 07:11:56

I did my dissertation on it (many years ago!) it was fascinating.

It referred to ports and army towns. Some of the women involved then became involved in suffrage reform as they'd had experience of campaigning for political reform.

MyCatLovesMeSometimes Thu 06-Mar-14 07:13:34

Did some work on WW1 as well I think it was the equivalent of a battalion a day that was out with VD.

elliepac Thu 06-Mar-14 07:20:43

I did my dissertation on Josephine Butler and Contagious Diseases Act too! Many years ago now but it was fascinating.

Callani Thu 06-Mar-14 12:29:41

I may have to do some research into this, seeing as I went to Josephine Butler college!

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