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prostitutes

 

Like courtesans, prostitutes sometimes had a reputation for turning to other women for love and recreational sex as a change from “work.”

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Beattie’s work looks at the classification of women for social and legal purposes with respect to marriage status--maid, wife or widow--and the consequences for those who did not fit neatly into those categories, as well as the intersectionality of gender categories with social status and age.

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