San Francisco, as did other major business centres, relied
on consumer demand. In the 1840s, prostitutes were almost admired by the
public due to the scarcity of women.
These views were, of course, beneficial for prostitutes because it gave
them some sort of social significance. Prostitutes had a competitive advantage
against the men in the 1850s, but this changed in the 1870s when they
became the ones who had to compete for business. Between the 1850s and
1860s, prostitution changed from an admirable occupation to merely a tolerated
one. The positioning of prostitutes in society decreased drastically,
because of the Victorian influence that brought change to social order
in San Francisco. This drastic dislike came from the immigration of women
and the change of societal values. In the forties, the demands for prostitutes
were high because the lack of females compared to in the late 1800's,
when supply was higher than the demand.
to proceed to the suicide of Edna Farnsworth.