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Bridget Hill

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206217.001.0001

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The Sexual Vulnerability and Sexuality of Female Domestic Servants

The Sexual Vulnerability and Sexuality of Female Domestic Servants

(p.44) 3 The Sexual Vulnerability and Sexuality of Female Domestic Servants

Bridget Hill

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the sexuality and sexual vulnerability of female domestic servants in England during the 18th century. It highlights the long acknowledged fact about the vulnerability of female servants to the sexual advances of their masters, their masters' sons, and their fellow male servants. It attempts to identify the causes of that vulnerability and investigates the attitude of employers towards the pregnancy of their servants and the lengths that would go to in order to avoid it. This chapter also discusses incidence of illegitimate births among female servants.

Keywords:   sexuality, domestic servants, sexual advances, masters, pregnancy

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