Prostitution, Race and Politics: Policing Venereal Disease by Philippa Levine

By Philippa Levine

As well as shouldering the blame for the expanding occurrence of venereal disorder between sailors and infantrymen, prostitutes during the British Empire additionally bore the load of the contagious illnesses ordinances that the British executive handed. via learning how British professionals enforced those legislation in 4 colonial websites among the 1860s and the top of the 1st global warfare, Philippa Levine finds how myths and prejudices in regards to the sexual practices of colonized peoples not just had an immediate and sometimes punishing impact on how the legislation operated, yet how additionally they additional justified the excellence among the colonizer and the colonized.

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Lists of organizations and prominent citizens likely to contribute to ICMCA were compiled through referrals from members, and letters requesting donations were sent that began, "I am writing at the suggestion of " Follow-up letters were always sent to past contributors, and any requests for information were carefully answered. After speaking engagements, a skillfully crafted follow-up letter was routinely sent to all organizations, asking for support from its members with the plaintive phrase, "We honestly expected more response"—regardless of how much money ICMCA had received in contributions through the organization!

Activists in both the women's liberation movement and the abortion repeal movement became deeply involved in abortion referral work. Some provided referrals for abortions as a result of their own experiences with illegal abortion, and some as a result of their experiences as family-planning practitioners. Persons who were visible as early advocates of change in the abortion laws often found themselves drawn into referral work when women contacted them for help. As early as 1961, Patricia Maginnis, a medical technologist who had herself undergone an illegal abortion, founded the California-based Society for Humane Abortion.

Crossing the line from writer to activist, Lader believed he had found an ideal strategy for publicizing the problem of abortion and creating public support. Using as a platform his opportunities for speaking engagements and lectures, Lader continued to operate and publicize a referral service for women, a strategy intended "to stir as much controversy and debate as possible while bringing the facts to the public" (Lader, 1973:xi). By the late 1960s, abortion referral had become an important activity in the emerging women's movement as feminist abortion referral services cropped up across the country.

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