Public City/Public Sex explores how women who sold sex and men who sought sex with other men shaped the emergence of modern Paris.
Australia’s female prostitute-pickpockets forged strong criminal networks and emotional bonds between the 1860s and the 1920s.
Japanese “AIDS panics” characterized women as the carriers of foreign-born sexual diseases.
The Mann Act protected women from “human vultures who fatten on the shame of innocent young girls.”
Sex workers, working as peer researchers, mapped the epidemiology of HIV in 1985.
On July 26, 1942, a solider in the U.S. military found out that he had recently contracted a venereal disease.
Interview by Pat Omoregie Saheed Aderinto’s When Sex Threatened the State: Illicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria, 1900-1958 (Illinois, 2015), explores tensions in colonial Nigeria through the lens of a struggle over how to control and regulate prostitution. Aderinto argues that the British perceived prostitution as evidence of […]