Posted by Lesley on December 18, 1997 at 22:48:43:
In response to Caffrey quote, written by irl on December 18, 1997 at 15:17:10
] For each opinion that sexual licentiousness is the only "freeing" behavior for women, and that virtue and fidelity in a woman (or man!) is to be despised, you may find several others stating that only a perverse and twisted society would distort the meaning of "morality" until it meant "immorality", celibrating prostitution and vice while mocking continence and virtue. I myself have very strong feelings on this matter...
So do I! Uh, now I feel like I probably made a HUGE mistake in quoting this. Believe me, I don't dispise fidelity and virtue in men and women at all; nor do I believe in celebrating prostitution and vice or mocking virtue!
What I wanted to do was to stimulate a discussion of whether or not the changing fashions from the time of JA's youth (tightly corseted) to her adulthood (the Regency) bore out the author's claim that society in England (or Europe) became more permissive. I remeber reading from the Regency Companion that the court surrounding "Prinny", the Prince Regent, was quite racy, much like the Marlborough House Set of "Bertie's" (Edward VII's) reign. Which is a little ironic considering that the fashions of Prinny's reign were pretty much the opposite of Bertie's reign. Oh well, I suppose I have managed to put my foot in my mouth again!
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