Time Travelers Club: The History of Policing Prostitution

The Audelia Road Library Time Traveler’s Club will host Dr. Anne Gray Fischer to discuss her book, The Streets Belong to Us: Sex, Race, and Police Power from Segregation to Gentrification. Fischer is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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“In The Streets Belong to Us — a searing history of women and police in the modern United States — Anne Gray Fischer narrates how sexual policing fueled a dramatic expansion of police power,” explains the UNC Press website. “The enormous discretionary power that police officers wield to surveil, target, and arrest anyone they deem suspicious was tested, legitimized, and legalized through the policing of women’s sexuality and their right to move freely through city streets.”

The Time Traveler’s Club is a monthly history program that invites library patrons to explore historical topics that have shaped our world. There’s no charge to attend the program.

Dr. Fischer’s talk runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9. The library is at 10045 Audelia.