Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Early West
Soiled Doves tells of the grey world of prostitution and the women who participated in the oldest profession. Colorful, if not socially acceptable, these ladies of easy virtue were a definite part of the early West – Wearing ruffled petticoats with fancy bows, they were glamorous and plain, good and bad and many were as wild as the land they came to tame.
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One thing I thought quite telling was the author's obvious admiration for these women and their spunk. Often I felt they were defended a bit too much, their profession downplayed to make the "sinfulness" of it less an issue than the women themselves. I liked this non-judgment ...more
Rather than dry, scholarly recitation, I thought each of the stories surrounding specific women ...more
To read Soiled Doves is to step back in time to the Old West...Some prostitutes were content in their profession, some hated it, some were forced into prostitution and others happily chose thier lifestyle. Others chose the life of a madam and made plenty of money off their "sisters".
The subject matter is jarring but at times humorous...some of these ladies REALLY loved their work. If Seagraves were a be ...more
I don’t know anything about Anne Seagraves, and the book’s jacket offers only that she lives in northern Idaho, that she’s working on h ...more
If you have any interest in this time period and issues around this topic, this book is a quick read a ...more
There's definitely a bit too much romanticizing going on. I can't imagine how utterly gross and degrading and disgusting it would be to live in a tent next to a remote mine in the middle of fucking nowhere and having some gross, dirty dude covered in soot pay you for sex. Ugh. Nightmare. Unfortunately (or, I guess, for ...more
The West was a man's world where, according to Seagrave, men often outnumbered women 50 to 1. Employment opportunities being few for uneducated young women, a great many found their way to the brothels in ...more
Seagraves explores the lives of various "profes ...more
Soiled Doves provides an overview of prostitution in the old west. For those raised on television westerns and Gone With the Wind, thi ...more
I imagine this book might have been a delight in that time. The narratives of these women as told by the author are like mini wikipedia articles. No correlating details, no thesis, no grand story. Just short splits of stories. It's digestible in its best ...more
I get that a book on pros ...more
This book has ...more
Some of the best phrases are to be found scattered throughout ...more
Not being American, one big hurdle for me was not knowing American events that were lightly touched on, I could have used more descriptions or historical context of what the author was referring to.
However, an interesting book with great photos and stories ...more
There are historical images and snap shots into the lives of famous prostitutes. It's a well resea ...more