A Buffer of Whores


Wartime prostitution is American as Uncle Sam and apple pie. Cristen and Caroline shares the hidden history of military STDs, government-sanctioned brothels, and the surveillance of civilian women to provide a "buffer of whores" to keep soldiers sexually satisfied.

Episode sources:

"Did Korea encourage sex work at US bases?" BBC News. 2014. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30212673

"Gang Rapes and Beatings, Brothels Filled with Teenage Prostitutes - The Depths of American Brutality in Vietnam." Alternet. http://www.alternet.org/books/gang-rapes-and-beatings-brothels-filled-teenage-prostitutes-depths-american-brutality-vietnam

"My Body Was Not Mine, But the U.S. Military's." Politico. 2015. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/11/sex-industry-military-bases-213311

"Rape Was Rampant During the Vietnam War. Why Doesn't US History Remember This?" Mother Jones. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/03/rape-wartime-vietnam

"Secret Service and US military: Why prostitution can end careers." The Christian Science Monitor. 2012. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2012/0419/Secret-Service-and-US-military-Why-prostitution-can-end-careers

"The British Army's Fight Against Venereal Disease in the 'Heroic Age of Prostitution'." World War I Centenary. University of Oxford. http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/body-and-mind/the-british-army%E2%80%99s-fight-against-venereal-disease-in-the-%E2%80%98heroic-age-of-prostitution%E2%80%99/

"The Civil War: Sex and Soldiers." Percy Skuy History of Contraception. Case Western Reserve University. http://www.case.edu/affil/skuyhistcontraception/online-2012/Civil-War.html

"The Curious Case of Nashville's Frail Sisterhood." Smithsonian. 2013. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-curious-case-of-nashvilles-frail-sisterhood-7766757/?no-ist

"The Enemy in Your Pants." Mother Jones. 2012. http://www.motherjones.com/media/2010/05/us-military-std-posters

"The Lasting Impact of World War I." The Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/ww1/

"U.S. Troops Used Japanese Brothels After WW2." Associated Press. 2007. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/18355292/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/t/us-troops-used-japanese-brothels-after-wwii/#.VyEXUvkrJhF

Victory Girls, Khaki-Whakies and Patriotutes.: The Regulation of Female Sexuality During World War II. Marilyn E. Hegarty. NYU Press. 2010. https://books.google.com/books?id=x5MUCgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Topics in this Podcast: war, Military, sex work