BERLIN PROSTITUTE TYPES (Outdoors) Boot-Girls
Freelance Dominas, dentified by their furs and calf-length, Wilhelmian-era, black-leather boots they attracted frugal provincial German suitors, who were led to nearby pensions.
Lowly streetwalkers who serviced men in the corners of the Tiergarten and around Bülowplatz. Specialized in blowjobs. (Ironic variant name: Fresh-Air Women)
Unattractive sex-workers on Oranienburgstrasse. Included women with missing limbs, hunchbacks, and other deformities. (Also known as Woodchucks)
(literally “Half-Baked”) Amateur, occasional prostitutes, the vast majority of the Friday-night trade. Often secretaries, shopkeepers, and office clerks supplementing their incomes after work.
Three defined classes of legal prostitutes who reported to the Berlin vice authorities on a regular basis (Variant names: Bone-Shakers, Line-Girls, and Joy-Girls)
Pregnant girls and women who waited under the lampposts on Münzstrasse for old money clients in search of this erotic specialty.
Boyish, teenage girls. Coquettishly dressed and working in secret from their families, they treated prostitution as a form of dating. Often traveled in pairs.
Bubikopfed (short, bobbed hair) streetwalkers in the latest fashions (sometimes in mother-and-daughter teams), who specialized in whipping, humiliation, and other forms of erotic punishment.
(From Galizianer-Yiddish) Low-grade Jewish whores. Polish-born. (Also known as Lublins)
(From French underworld jargon—literally: “half-beavers” or “amateur hookers”) Young women from good families who supplemented their allowances by working in secretive, high-class houses in Berlin West. (Variant name: Mannequins)
Leather-clad, mesomorphic women who specialized in whipping, humiliation, and other forms of erotic punishment.
BERLIN PROSTITUTE TYPES (Indoors)
(Corruption of French underworld word for “vaginas”) Independent whores, who advertised in newspapers and magazines as manicurists and masseuses.
Child prostitutes, ages 12-16, who were “prescribed” by pimps, posing as physicians. The “patient” indicated the “length of his illness” (requested age of the girl) and color of pills (hair tint). Transaction took place in Berlin West “pharmacies.”
(French for “female cats.” A common Parisian expression for independent, sexually active women) Exclusive call girls who enacted S&M fantasy scenes, often involving foot worship, bondage, and forced transvestitism.
Masochistic prostitutes who enjoyed being beaten or whipped.
Berlin’s version of the Geisha. Employed in private nightclubs on the Kudamm, Table-Ladies were reputed to be ravishing and multilingual.
Child prostitutes, ages 12-17, who are ordered by telephone and then delivered to clients in limousines or taxis. Usually given the names of stage or film stars.
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