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Profit and Passion: Transactional Sex in Colonial Mexico

Nicole von Germeten


This book recounts four centuries of the history of women labeled public women, whores, and prostitutes in New Spain’s archival records and works of literature from Spain and Mexico. Performing conventional gender roles, women resisted the archival inscription of these labels, so this complex story of multi-layered viceregal sex work acknowledges the ambiguities and limitations of documenting the history of sexuality via written sources. The elusive, ever-changing terminology for prosecuted women in the early modern Iberian world, voiced by kings, jurists, magistrates, inquisitors, and bishops ... More

Keywords: Prostitution, sex work, sexuality, gender, Mexico, Spain, Women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520297296
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520297296.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicole von Germeten, author
Oregon State University