Sex In Victorian TImes
It is against this cultural and political horizon that an understanding of modern sexuality needs to be contextualised. The Victorian era of the nineteenth century, like no other period preceding it, became dominated by the belief that an individual's sex and sexuality form the most basic core of their identity, potentiality, social/political standing and freedom. It is a curious irony that we moderns commonly portray Victorian sexual mores as puritanistic, moralistic and highly repressive, when like never before, sexuality became a focus of public and private attention.
Sexuality In The Victorian Era
We are well-accustomed to the ideas of the prudish, sexually-repressed Victorians, who cautiously guarded themselves against any temptation, no matter how slight. Critics and reader have largely and successfully questioned this conception and proven it inaccurate. For during this period, even in seeking any man or woman's ultimate goal in achieving the apparently conservative happy ending of marriage, Victorians were inevitably led to the consummation of their love and the creation one's own home and family.
December 5, 2007 by 19thcentury
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Editor's note : This story contains references to sex and sexual devices of the Victorian Era.
Hysteria as a disease has played a pivotal role in the social understanding and treatment of women and dates as far back as 1900 BC.
This was once a common medical diagnosis for women.
It is against this cultural and political horizon that an understanding of modern sexuality needs to be contextualised.