Victorian erotica is genre of sexual art and literature which emerged in the Victorian Era of 19th century Britain. Victorian erotica emerged as a product of a Victorian sexual culture. Sex was a main social topic, with progressive and enlightened thought pushing for sexual restriction and repression.
Nineteenth-Century Britain was famously prim about sex — and homosexuality in particular. Or was it? The life and work of the painter Simeon Solomon seem both to confirm and challenge this view, writes Holly Williams.
Sexuality in the nineteenth century American West was progressive and controversial for the period. Males dominated the West due to the Gold Rush but as women infiltrated the area, they became hot commodities. Prostitution and liberal divorce laws plagued this period because women constantly had available suitors.
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.
It's easy to see the past as a prudish place full of religious zealots, even though we know this wasn't always true. Look at ancient Rome and Greece, where citizens openly enjoyed all kinds of crazy intercourse. But when it comes to Victorian England, the reputation for prudishness was never more correct.
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.
We all that know the Victorians were a bunch of uptight prudes. People back then probably got arrested at the beach for showing their knees, right? Actually, while the Victorians—like everybody before and since—had their hangups, their all-too-human sexuality tended to come out in ways that modern people find really bizarre.
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?
Museum no. According to their own testimonies, many people born in the Victorian age were both factually uninformed and emotionally frigid about sexual matters. Historically, it appeared that the licentious behaviour and attitudes of the Regency period had been replaced by a new order of puritan control and repression - personified by the censorious figure of Mrs Grundy - which was imposed by the newly dominant bourgeoisie, steadily permeated all classes, and lasted well into the 20th century.