"Against Their Own Weakness": Policing Sexuality and Women in San Antonio, Texas, during World War I

  • Courtney Q. Shah
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Abstract

The article discusses social conditions for women in San Antonio, Texas during World War I and an antivice campaign within the city to outlaw prostitution and the drinking of alcoholic beverages in order to improve the moral quality of the city for the benefit of the townspeople and the soldiers at the nearby U.S. Army base. The campaign, it is noted, shows the sexual agenda, gender stereotypes, and social and ethnic differences that separated women during that time in the U.S.. San Antonio's position as an important military center in 1917 that offered opportunities to a variety of people is considered. Other topics include a sex education campaign for soldiers and women, venereal disease prevention, women's sexual behavior, and hypersexuality and ideas about women's sexual and mental health.

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  • 1914-1918 -- Social aspects -- United States
  • ETHICS
  • HISTORY
  • MILITARY personnel -- Sexual behavior
  • PROSTITUTION
  • SAN Antonio (Tex.)
  • SEXUALLY transmitted diseases
  • TEXAS
  • UNITED States
  • WOMEN & war
  • WOMEN -- Sexual behavior
  • WOMEN -- Social conditions

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