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Regulating SexualityWomen in Twentieth-century Northern Ireland$
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Leanne Mccormick

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719076640

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719076640.001.0001

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‘People should keep a grip of themselves’: treatment and prevention of VD

‘People should keep a grip of themselves’: treatment and prevention of VD

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Regulating Sexuality

Leanne McCormick

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the establishment of venereal disease (VD) clinics in Northern Ireland from 1917, and the debates and discourses that emerged in the interwar and Second World War period surrounding VD treatment and prevention. It explains that women who did not conform to accepted standards of sexual behaviour were regarded as responsible for the spread of disease, which was reflected in legislation that attempted to control the sexuality of working-class women. The chapter presents statistics concerning the number of men and women who contracted gonorrhoea and syphilis.

Keywords:   VD clinics, Northern Ireland, interwar period, women, sexual behaviour, working-class women, gonorrhoea, syphilis

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