One in Five Women in 1700s London were Prostitutes

After our class discussion on Monday, I was browsing the web looking for something interesting that may help with our upcoming group assignments, when I stumbled across this very interesting webpage. From CanadianContent, the site presents some fascinating facts about women who chose to be prostitutes. Just like our class discussion, the greatest benefit in being prostitutes is the financial gain.

Check out the site HERE


2 thoughts on “One in Five Women in 1700s London were Prostitutes

  1. How interesting! While we have spent much class time discussing the difference between the moment within which “Pamela” was written and today’s society, I never understood the true presence of prostitutes in London at that time. We looked at “A Rake’s Progress” in class, analyzing the stigma placed on women such as the harlot shown in Hogarth’s work. Yet, as the site Eliza linked to shows, was such a fate normal for (1 out of 5) women at the time? Did the notoriety of such actions overshadow the shame? I wish I could truly understand the culture of the early 1700s — but, then again, I believe this is the most intriguing part of our class discussions; even with the most detailed histories, there are pieces of the past that we just will not understand. What I would give to be a young girl in the 1700s reading “Pamela” (but not as part the 20% of the population Hogarth depicts)!

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