Victorian-era Women Enjoyed Sex, according to Earliest Sex Survey
I’ve always disliked how contemporary society so often portrays our ancestors as ignorant prudes regarding sex. It’s too self-congratulatory for my taste, and I doubt that it’s an accurate portrayal. Now, the prudish reputation of Victorian women is being challenged by a long-forgotten sex survey, which reveals intimate details of the bedroom habits of 19th Century wives.
Middle-class women of the era seemed quite willing to blame their husbands when their love lives failed to meet their own expectations, according to the candid accounts that lay unread for decades in a university archive.
While public morality frowned upon discussion of female sexuality, the records show that in private couples took a much more open approach. Read more