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Museum no. According to their own testimonies, many people born in the Victorian age were both factually uninformed and emotionally frigid about sexual matters. Historically, it appeared that the licentious behaviour and attitudes of the Regency period had been replaced by a new order of puritan control and repression - personified by the censorious figure of Mrs Grundy - which was imposed by the newly dominant bourgeoisie, steadily permeated all classes, and lasted well into the 20th century.
This is not altogether surprising, porn is a multi-billion dollar industry and a growing number of writers, commentators and researchers are studying both the business and its effect on society. There is this whole body of pornographic literature, however, that has been locked away and not studied very robustly at all. Stories of cross-dressing and trans-gendered men and women, exotic tales from distant lands and cultures, sexual relationships between those of different classes and even some medical texts, were all censored — deemed by legislators as morally unsafe for women, children, and the lower classes.
We think of it as a time of buttoned-up prudery and repression -- and it was -- but loosen the corset of s England and out spills the kink. In " Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism ," Deborah Lutz writes about the seedier side of 19th century London -- anonymous sex, flagellation brothels and spanking porn, for starters. More interesting still, she introduces us to the sexual revolutionaries of the time. These rebels got off, so to speak, on breaking taboos and challenging sexual mores -- through their work and, sometimes, their personal exploits.
What happened behind closed Victorian bedroom doors was a taboo subject. Among the uptight middle classes the prevailing attitude was that sex was necessary for reproduction but not something to be discussed in polite society — let alone enjoyed. Most brides arrived at their wedding night having not even the faintest idea about what was expected and many were simply terrified.
The popular image of the Victorians is one of buttoned up social manners and table legs covered in cloths in case the menfolk became overexcited. But there was far more lurking under the surface of Victorian society than the history books would have you think. Syphilis was seemingly everywhere in the mid s — not only was it disfiguring, it could affect your mental health and also be passed down to your children and there was no cure.
Victorian erotica is genre of sexual art and literature which emerged in the Victorian Era of 19th century Britain. Victorian erotica emerged as a product of a Victorian sexual culture. Sex was a main social topic, with progressive and enlightened thought pushing for sexual restriction and repression.
It's easy to see the past as a prudish place full of religious zealots, even though we know this wasn't always true. Look at ancient Rome and Greece, where citizens openly enjoyed all kinds of crazy intercourse. But when it comes to Victorian England, the reputation for prudishness was never more correct. Sex in the Victorian era was something to be avoided at all costs, and people found bizarre and creative ways to get out it.
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