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. Does it mean that we are simply freer these days with our sexual attitudes?
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.
What happened behind closed Victorian bedroom doors was a taboo subject. Among the uptight middle classes the prevailing attitude was that sex was necessary for reproduction but not something to be discussed in polite society — let alone enjoyed. Most brides arrived at their wedding night having not even the faintest idea about what was expected and many were simply terrified.
Imagine yourself as a young person during an era when there was no sex ed in high school. Sure, pornography exists, but you're more likely to get your hands on the smallpox virus than a properly illicit " French Postcard. And yet your wedding night approaches. How do you prepare yourself?
Foucault pointed out that, far from being silenced, sex was spoken everywhere in the 19th century in a wide range of contexts including the law, medicine, religion, education. Much academic and popular work since has considered the many ways in which Victorians did experience and speak of desire. Albert really is quite charming, and so excessively handsome, such beautiful blue eyes, an exquisite nose, and such a pretty mouth with delicate moustachios and slight but very slight whiskers; a beautiful figure, broad in the shoulders and a fine waist.
French physiologist Eugene Becklard, M. Becklard also believed that, when trying to conceive, the child would turn out more like whoever had the best orgasm. But doctor, will I also become impotent?
Skip navigation! Story from Sex. Sara Coughlin. What comes to mind when you picture Victorian-era sex?
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.