The Fair But Frail: Prostitution in San Francisco 1849-1900 by Jacqueline Baker Barnhart (1986) Based on a thesis. A study of prostitution and its relationship to society reveals that the institution always reflects prevailing social attitudes. And prostitutes - like businesspeople everywhere - respond to consumer demand. Such was the case in the early days of the West... Despite the fact that prostitution historically has seldom been an acceptable profession, San Francisco welcomed the first arrivals, using such polite euphemisms as "the fair but frail" to describe them... But when Victorian attitudes began to take root in San Francisco in the 1860s, the prostitutess were forced to retreat from visibility... This study recounts the lively way of life found during San Francisco's early heday and shows how the economic, political, and social conditions of the place and time affected the public acceptance of the fair but frail. 136 pp. with index and bibliography.
THE FAIR BUT FRAIL PROSTITUTION IN SAN FRANCISCO 1849-1900
- Binding: Hardcover; Book Condition: Very Good; Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, glassine wrapped; Publication Date: 1986; Edition: First Edition; Publisher: University of Nevada Press