Birds, bees and towns
Posted by Linden on August 09, 1998 at 01:09:04:
In response to Birds and Bees, written by BarbaraK on August 08, 1998 at 22:05:08
A fascinating topice, and there are a number of books on it (search your local library.
In summary, there was a great double standard during the 19th century. Men were expected to sow wild oats - indeed, a father might take his son to a favourite brothel to introduce him to the madam and pick out a clean young lady to introduce him to the facts of life. The number of prostitutes in 19th century London was enormous.
Women were expected to be virgins, and to be introduced to whatever they needed to know by their husbands on their wedding night.
In poorer districts, however, where whole families slept in one room, the young people probably had a pretty fair idea of the theory, if not the experience, while still children.
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