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Class and reproductive control: birth control access and hygiene among prostitutes in turn of the century northern Idaho

Author(s): Mark Warner

Year: 2017

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Excavations of two brothels in the northern Idaho town of Sandpoint presented a unique opportunity to explore the nuances of economic differences in the lives of two groups of prostitutes. Over 100,000 artifacts were recovered, providing a rich accounting of a brothel that catered to local mill workers and a brothel whose clientele was more affluent. Further, such a large volume of materials resulted in the recovery of relatively esoteric materials such as douching nozzles and a variety of products that, as a group, suggest a greater degree of reproductive control among the women working in the more affluent brothel.


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Class and reproductive control: birth control access and hygiene among prostitutes in turn of the century northern Idaho. Mark Warner. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430887)


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min long: -122.168; min lat: 42.131 ; max long: -113.028; max lat: 49.383 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16643

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America