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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.
There are many ways you could describe the bulk of modern porn: "Goal-oriented. In the Victorian era, when erotica first met photography and then the mass printing press, porn "smut" was downright gleeful. Everyone pictured look happy as hell, the women were usually in control, and bodies were relatable—all soft fleshy tums, pubic hair and faces mid-laugh.
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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 Historically, it appeared that the licentious behaviour and attitudes of the Regency period had been replaced by a new order of puritan control and repression - personified by the censorious figure of Mrs Grundy - which was imposed by the newly dominant bourgeoisie,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.
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.
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.
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. Sexual pleasure and desire beyond heterosexual marriage was labelled as deviant, considered to be sinful and sinister.
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.