Shadows of Doubt: Middle-Class Respectability and Working-Class Sexuality Among Lancaster’s Women, 1913-1924
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This paper compares how middle-class and working-class New Women participated in public life—both employment and amusement—in early twentieth century Lancaster. Both groups challenged the gender conventions of the time. They experienced many of the same sites and activities of the city, including restaurants and the movies. Their overlapping presence may have created a confusing moral landscape around the turn of the century. As historian Sharon Wood explains, “[W]hat separated pure women from the fallen was less a bright line than a broad penumbra.” If their worlds sometimes blended together, the middle-class New Woman of Lancaster still largely escaped the scrutiny of the city’s social reformers, who viewed audacious working-class women as mentally defective rebels.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2006
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