Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

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Introduction: Berlin’s Bourgeois Whores

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pp. 1-29

In the winter of 1988, the women of Hydra organized a “Whores’ Ball” (Hurenball) in West Berlin. Hydra, a support organization founded in 1980 by prostitutes and their advocates, actively lobbies for sex workers’ civil rights and the elimination of the social and moral stigma attached to prostitution. The 1988 ball raised funds for Hydra’s social initiatives, including extensive outreach to economically disadvantaged...

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1. Sex, Money, and Marriage: Prostitution as an Instrument of Conjugal Critique

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pp. 30-64

“As long as marriage exists, so will prostitution,” wrote Georg Simmel in an essay published in the Social Democratic weekly Die Neue Zeit in 1892.1 As Simmel’s proclamation suggests, turn-of-the-century debates surrounding prostitution were inextricably linked to discussions of the current state of marriage and its possible reform. Although on the surface bourgeois morality dictated that prostitution...

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2. Righteous Women and Lost Girls:Radical Bourgeois Feminists and the Fight for Moral Reform

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pp. 65-107

In 1907, the Berlin feminist Anna Pappritz published a collection of prostitutes’ biographies entitled Die Welt, von der man nicht spricht! (The World of Which One Dares Not Speak!). A tireless critic of regulated prostitution, Pappritz directed the Berlin chapter of the International Abolitionist Federation (IAF), an organization that fought to end state regulation, its policing of prostitutes, and its implicit protection...

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3. Naughty Berlin? New Women, New Spaces, and Erotic Confusion

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pp. 108-152

If traditional bourgeois morality and social structures came under fire in Wilhelmine Berlin, then the First World War, the political revolution of 1918 and 1919, and the inflation years that followed “destroyed conventional notions of respectability and faith in authority.”1 Turn-of-the-century activism on the part of social reformers and progressive feminists certainly laid the groundwork for change...

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4. Working Girls: White-Collar Workers and Prostitutes in Late Weimar Fiction

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pp. 153-184

In the later years of the Weimar Republic, public offi cials grappled with the overt expression of female sexuality and struggled to redefi ne prostitution in light of new public health legislation. On October 1, 1927, the Law to Combat Venereal Diseases (Reichsgesetz zur Bekämpfung der Geschlechtskrankheiten; RGBG) went into effect, and with it, prostitution was offi cially decriminalized. Former “morals...

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Conclusion: Berlin Coquette

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pp. 185-192

Without question, between the years 1890 and 1933, Berlin was known as a city of whores.1 Berlin-based writers, artists, social reformers, journalists, municipal politicians, police officials, and prostitutes themselves acknowledged this, and many of them fed this image. Consider, for example, the voices that emanate from various documents of the Weimar era: “Sexual intercourse with prostitutes is unavoidable...

Bibliography

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pp. 193-212

Index

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pp. 213-222