Venereal Disease Management in Britain Term Paper by erinb1985

Venereal Disease Management in Britain
An analysis of the politicized nature of venereal disease and its management in Britain at the turn of the 20th century.
# 101897 | 1,362 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 | AU
Published on Mar 05, 2008 in History (British) , Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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This paper examines the complex repercussions of venereal disease for both men and women in Britain at the turn of the 20th century. It discusses the implications of the Contagious Diseases Acts in Britain and analyzes the methods by which repealers sought to overturn the Acts and looks at the responses their actions provoked. In this way, the paper explains why venereal disease and its management was such an intensely politicized issue.

From the Paper:

"In attempting to repeal the acts, a whole host of feminist and social puritan organizations sprung up in opposition - not only to the acts themselves, but to the whole system of double standards, social mores and political inconsistencies that underlay them. The interactions and alliances within and between these groups were complex and at times counter-intuitive. For example, middle and upper-class women formed a partnership with working class men (who undoubtedly sought repeal of the acts for different reasons to the women), as well as prominent sexologists. But in general, the movement for repeal, at least in the eyes of women, sought common and clear aims - ones which went beyond simple repeal of the acts and asked for a great deal more. This in turn sparked much opposition from the men who were threatened by such demands, resulting in a volatile political climate."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bashford, Alison, 'Venereal Disease and Feminism,' 9.10.07, University of Sydney.
  • Hall, Lesley, 'Hauling Down the Double Standard : Feminism, Social Purity and Sexual Science in late Nineteenth Century Britain', Gender and History, Vol. 16, 2004, pp.36-56.
  • Pankhurst, Christabel, The Great Scourge and How to End It, (London: E. Pankhurst, 1913).
  • Walkowitz, Judith ,Prostitution and Victorian Society: Women, Class and the State, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980).

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