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Poor and Pregnant in Paris: Strategies for Survival in the Nineteenth Century
Rachel Fuchs shows how poor urban women in Paris negotiated their environment, and in some respects helped shape it, in their attempt to cope with their problems of poverty and pregnancy. She reveals who the women were and provides insight into the nature of their work and living arrangements. With dramatic detail, and drawing on actual court testimonies, Fuchs portrays po ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Rutgers University Press
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May 10, 2012 Therese rated it really liked it
Only got the chance to skim a few chapters, but some fascinating stuff. The chapter on abortion and birth control was very moving. I wish there were more attention paid here to prostitution, because the question of how prostitutes dealt with those issues is interesting to me. But she explicitly, unfortunately, excludes them from her scope. Which is a bummer, since the other big work I read on French 19th-century prostitution, Corbin's (Women for Hire: Prostitution and Sexuality in France After 1 ...more