City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1994 - History - 462 pages
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In the 19th century, New York saw the development of a sex industry at the heart of a consumer world of entertainment, goods, newspapers and advertising. In this book, Gilfoyle blends first-hand experience with demographic research to present a study of the politics and economics of sex.
  

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Review: City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920

User Review  - Jerrod - Goodreads

This history of prostitution was too dry and could have used more connecting narrative. Claims about cause and effect of commodification of the human body are oversold. Could have used more economic analysis. Read full review

Review: City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920

User Review  - Benson Hawk - Goodreads

Gilfoyle's project admirably contributes to our understanding of some of the factors that shaped gender in the 19th century. His work tracing the commodification of sexuality in the early 19th century ... Read full review

Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
11
INTRODUCTION
17
HOLY GROUNDS
23
THE WHOREARCHY
55
BROTHEL RIOTS AND BROADWAY PIMPS
76
SPORTING MEN
92
HALCYON YEARS
121
A GAY LITERATURE
143
COMSTOCKS NEW YORK
179
SEX DISTRICTS REVISITED
197
CONCERT HALLS AND FRENCH BALLS
224
SYNDICATES AND UNDERWORLDS
251
WHITE SLAVES AND KEPT WOMEN
270
UNDERMINING THE UNDERWORLD
298
A SELECTION OF BROTHEL OWNERS IN NEW YORK
317
Copyright

BAWDY HOUSES
161

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About the author (1994)

Timothy J. Gilfoyle is an acclaimed historian. His first book, City of Eros, won the prestigious Nevins Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians. He is professor of history at Loyola University in Chicago.

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