Despite being highly fascinated by the subject, they were reported to be frigid and factually ignorant on the matter too. Throughout history, and not just in the Victorian era, sex has always been used as a powerful tool to oppress and control society. Or has public immorality completely over stepped the line?
We know that many Victorian couples did indulge in consensual pleasurable sex behind closed doors; it was merely the collective and repressive public attitude which affected all classes.
To gain a more balanced perspective I examined the general and societal attitude towards sex in the eighteenth century. One of the reasons sex was such an illicit subject of discussion was because it was so terribly misunderstood.
Many young adults were not aware that sex caused pregnancy, and for those who did, it was an affliction one could very easily die from. They knew that it could spread diseases, such as syphillus and venereal disease and it was also attributed to a range of mental disorders and had religiously sinful connotations.
Lastly, sex was linked to Prostitution. Because of the very fact that they were ignorant, afraid and repressed on the matter it encouraged a puritanical control of the population.
Ministers and religious patrons used sex, disease and religion as a powerful tool for will-bending and manipulation. Victorians also had a slightly warped and irregular view regarding sexual activity itself. Here are the main contradicting points which I discovered. Sex was not a subject to be discussed publically, or privately, with anyone other than your doctor. From a biological standpoint you needed to be having sex invisibly as much as possible. This would be to ensure a thriving heir, as infant mortality rates were high.
Poor families were encouraged much less! Masturbation The subject of masturbation was the epitome of embarrassment, and is still considered slightly taboo to this day. Even the very word makes many people cringe. But evidently, the need for this type of service was also apparent. But even though Prostitutes were rarely discussed with any sympathy, it was widely understood that they were often driven to prostitution by necessity.
Your average prostitute in those days would have been aged eleven years and older, and most came from the slums or had a very poor upbringing and no education at all. It is no wonder then that these poor women felt that they would fare better in a brothel than destitute on the streets. As a prostitute they would earn some kind of a wage and have the prospect of a meal each day for themselves and their children.
So although prostitution presented similar dangers to women as they do today, i. Within the story the prostitutes finally speak out, their thin and pitiful voices echo in the bitterly cold darkness, filled with sheer anguish and terror. They are no longer silent, we can now hear their pain and become witness to their enduring strife and burdens.
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