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The Devil's ChainProstitution and Social Control in Partitioned Poland$
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Keely Stauter-Halsted

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801454196

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801454196.001.0001

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Purity and Danger

Purity and Danger

Prostitution Reform and the Birth of Polish Eugenics

(p.284) Chapter 9 Purity and Danger
The Devil's Chain

Keely Stauter-Halsted

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses two eugenics movements in Poland—both of which relied on scientific data to support their claims—for prostitution reform: neoregulation, which insisted that unmarried males required the services of prostitutes as a “necessary evil” to satisfy their sexual needs; and abolition, which aimed to outlaw commercial sex and to eliminate the social conditions that necessitated it. Neoregulationists called for strengthening the clinical aspects of the registration system. Meanwhile, abolitionists promoted the dismantling of the police-medical registration apparatus, and introduced measures to curb overall resort to prostitution. They also set up public education programs, free medical clinics for voluntary treatment of venereal diseases, and a sexual “purity” campaign.

Keywords:   eugenics, prostitution reform, neoregulation, abolition, commercial sex, Neoregulationists, prostitutes, abolitionists, prostitution

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