Essay on Sex, Gender and Reform in the City

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And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, He made into women, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’

During the times of Antebellum America, women became a cornerstone of history and helped construct the way sex and gender was viewed in the United States. Women began to acknowledge the way they were being treated and started to educate themselves about the rights they deserved and the effects it would have on the future generations. Religion became a forum where women
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The money gained in one hour for having sex was about the amount a seamstress would make in a day, and for those young girls who were helping their mothers with the daily housework, prostitution was the easy way to bring in some cash. For some girls it was more then just the cash, the younger girls had a mean to get out of the house and feel some sort of independence. The older generation of prostitutes enjoyed the money and used it to indulge in the trends of popular culture in society. Getting paid for casual sex was a feeling of liberty for some, but was still looked down upon by some of society. Families of these women were ashamed for them to always be out on the town and ruining their life and their chances of one day still be courted and married. Still, population was at a rise in the mid nineteenth century and as the city grew the demand or rather the increase in prostitution matched the increase in population. The growth of prostitution started with slave trade and the disrespect African-American women had to continuously deal with. Being a slave was bad enough already, but to be sold and traded for sex became a moneymaker for slave traders like Isaac Franklin. The nature in which Franklin’s business of slave trading thrived was the fetish American men had for light-skinned Negro women. These light-skinned African American women, became known as “fancy maids” to many white men, because they symbolized a
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