Regulation 40D: Punishing Promiscuity on the Home Front during the First World War

TitleRegulation 40D: Punishing Promiscuity on the Home Front during the First World War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsLammasniemi, Laura
JournalWomen's History Review
Volume26
Issue4
Pagination584 - 596
Date Published08/2017
Abstract

In 1918, the British War Office introduced Regulation 40D as an amendment to the Defence of the Realm Act (DORA). The short- lived regulation allowed the state to remand and imprison a woman for the transmission of venereal disease to a member of His Majesty's armed forces. This paper examines discourses on national security and female promiscuity surrounding the enactment of Regulation 40D and the prosecutions under this controversial measure. The paper argues that the regulation was merely symbolic, and that it empowered magistrates to assess, judge and ultimately control women's sexual behaviour in the name of national security. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]

URLhttps://auth.lib.unc.edu/ezproxy_auth.php?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=hia&AN=123394503&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Short TitleWomen's History Review
Entry by GWC Assistants / Work by GWC Assistants : 

Time Period:

Countries:

Library Location: 
Call Number: 
6017653702

Library: