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Before Porn Was Legal: The Erotica Empire of Beate Uhse

Elizabeth Heineman


Struggling to survive in post-World War II Germany, Beate Uhse-Rotermund (1919–2001)—a former Luftwaffe pilot, war widow, and young mother—turned to selling goods on the black market. A self-penned guide to the rhythm method found eager buyers and started Uhse-Rotermund on her path to becoming the world's largest erotica entrepreneur. Battling restrictive legislation, powerful churches, and conservative social mores, she built a mail-order business in the 1950s that sold condoms, sex aids, self-help books, and more. The following decades brought the world's first erotica shop, the legalization ... More

Keywords: rhythm method, erotica entrepreneur, church, mail-order business, self-help books, web-based commerce, Nazism, liberal democracy, government records, industry records

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226325217
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226325231.001.0001


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Elizabeth Heineman, author

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