Historical study must always evaluate the relative degrees of change and continuity. Indeed, in this book, Sos Eltis shows us precisely how hard it has been to change the plots through which women and sex were represented on stage in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Even while the exact focus of debate was constantly changing, the punitive double standard remains, like bedrock whose fault lines are not unstable enough to cause more than a tremor here and there. Are we doomed to repetitions of the same? Or does the persistent re-examination and transformation of old plots and conventions finally yield a new dispensation?
Sex & Sexuality in the 19th Century - Victoria and Albert Museum
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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.
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 Historically, it appeared that the licentious behaviour and attitudes of the Regency period had been replaced by a new order of puritan control and repression - personified by the censorious figure of Mrs Grundy - which was imposed by the newly dominant bourgeoisie,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. Then a hypocritical 'shadow side' to this public denial was glimpsed, in the 'secret world' of Victorian prostitution and pornography, and more openly in the 'naughty nineties'.