‘Women of the pave’ : prostitution in Ireland
Luddy, Maria. (2008) ‘Women of the pave’ : prostitution in Ireland. History Ireland, Vol.16 (No.3). pp. 16-19. ISSN 0791-8224Full text not available from this repository.
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Thousands of women working as prostitutes roamed the streets of the towns and cities of Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While there was a common belief that prostitution was an inevitable feature of life, especially where military garrisons existed, as long as prostitutes remained out of the public eye they were tolerated. It was most often their visibility that caused anxiety in the wider public. Prostitutes were believed to be the main source of venereal disease infection, and prostitution itself was believed to be contagious. In 1809 the women prisoners confined for debt in the Four Courts Marshalsea in Dublin, fearing moral and physical contagion, complained about having to mix with ‘women of the town (some from the very flags [streets])’.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Prostitution -- Ireland -- History -- 19th century, Prostitution -- Ireland -- History -- 20th century|
|Journal or Publication Title:||History Ireland|
|Publisher:||History Ireland Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 16-19|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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