Story: Sexual health

First World War syphilis-prevention film (1st of 4)

Whatsoever a man soweth, a Canadian film made in 1917, was shown to New Zealand troops. It warned against contact with prostitutes, and showed the results of syphilis for an infected man and his children. The International Hospitality League (mentioned in the last frame) was set up by the Young Men's Christian Association during the First World War to entertain soldiers on leave. Caring for those from the colonies and the United States was seen as an important part of the League's mission. Much of its work was done by women volunteers.

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Jane Tolerton, 'Sexual health - Sexual health, 1914–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Dec 2018