Were Victorian Brits as prudish as the stereotype suggests?
Was there an increase or decrease in prudishness and rules of etiquette compared to previous era?
Any interesting titbits about the formality and manners of Victorian Britain?
Queen Victoria herself was a sex maniac (it's why she had so many children) and very loud in bed with prince Albert. I remember reading that at least one palace had the royal bedroom soundproofed because of the fact.
>Were Victorian Brits as prudish as the stereotype suggests?
the "heights" of prudishness were very high indeed, true
at the same time it is an era of an absolutely MASSIVE boom in pornography
shit son there is a wonderful book about this exact subject but i forgot it damn
literally deals with what you asked
maybe i will remember or find it
There was a much greater divide between the public and private spheres prior to the 1960s, most dramatically expressed in the Victorian era.
In public, people of class put on the image of perfect propriety. In private, they partook in every manner of depraved sexual act, smoked opium, injected cocaine, consorted with prostitutes, practiced homosexuality, etc.
reminder that the more bourgeois you are in public, the more degenerate you are in private.
this is why the bourgeois has faith in the notions of private and public domains.
now, the middle class has adopted the liberal mores so that you have the same result with the poors.