and the Wild West
They just shut prostitution in
Deadwood down a few decades ago. Imagine, the same industries as fed
the mining camp of that rough and tumble (yeah boyyy) over a century ago,
was just put to rest so recently. Pam saw it coming, but such a
tradition in Deadwood was prostitution, that she may never really have
thought much about being shut down.
But long ago and in a time far
different from ours, prostitutes had the roughest of lifestyles, often
coaxed to these rough mining camps with promises of fame in theatre and performing
arts. Naivety may have been the order of the day....before these
young women arrived in "town".
Al Swearengen - drew many
young women to Deadwood South Dakota, at a time when it didn't have
protection from government. Before it was represented in Washington,
before laws and any kind of order were heard of. Between Al and the
boys of the Gem Theatre, the "pussy trade" was pretty much ruled
with iron fist, full bottle and desperation.
Young women, based on the
promises of stardom and fame in the "growing and vibrant
communities" of places like Deadwood and other mining camps, thought
they'd found a way to their future. Indeed they did, but at a
cost. Rare was the town where Doctors were competent and supplies
plentiful. One could only hope there was a women competent in the
use of herbs.
Whores in these saloons and
theatres, thrived on the fear of beatings and clung to the hope of a
better life "later". They practiced crude forms of birth
control, trying to get a trick to cum before entering her, using anal sex
as a way to avoid pregnancy, and when caught in the "family
way", employed dangerous herbs to abort these business fetuses.
Pregnancy meant she was useless to her handler and out of work for months.
Although as expected,
sisterhoods formed, for the most part, life in the old west provided
little protection for women and even less rights. They did what they
had to survive, often reaching early graves from being shot near the poker
tables, dying of sexually transmitted disease or botched abortion
attempts. It was rare for a woman, once in that situation, to see
her way clear of it and out of there. The fate of a woman traveling
alone in Indian land far outweighed any mishandling she might get in camp.
The happy endings come when
miners who struck it rich, took as their wives, the very women who kept
them sane night after night in saloons and bars, kept them from dying of
relative horniness. These women married into new wealth and
therefore did not have to fit the blueblood ideal of wealth in those days,
but came about forming a nouveau riche level of society much more
bold and brash than the long-lines.
Those were the lucky ones.
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