The Price of Discretion: Prostitution, Venereal Disease, and the American Military in France, 1944–1946

TitleThe Price of Discretion: Prostitution, Venereal Disease, and the American Military in France, 1944–1946
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsRoberts, Mary Louise
JournalAmerican Historical Review
Volume115
Issue4
Pagination1002 - 1030
Date Published10/2010
Abstract

The article discusses conflicts between the French government and the U.S. Army over prostitution and the control of sexuality during and immediately after the liberation of France at the end of World War II. U.S. commanders seeking an outlet for the sexual urges of their soldiers turned to the legal and regulated French sex industry, control of which became part of the larger struggles over authority between the French and their American occupiers. Topics discussed include venereal disease, U.S. stereotypes of the French and French women, concerns in the U.S. military about public perception in the United States, and others.

URLhttp://ahr.oxfordjournals.org.libproxy.lib.unc.edu/content/115/4/1002
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