Sex

Married Love by Marie Stopes, the Book that Scandalized WWI Society

The war forced sexual matters to the forefront of society. Soldiers were sent to hospitals more often for venereal disease than bodily injury, young women were in contact with young men in an unchaperoned capacity for the first time, and there were even scandals over the supposed immorality within female military branches (Violet Douglas-Pennant was …

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Fashion

The Pneumonia Blouse

“Catherine had a bad cold.” “The result of a pneumonia blouse, I suppose! As long as girls strip themselves naked in January they cannot be surprised at their chests and lungs resenting it.” “Certainly not.” “The following such a fashion is the solitary lapse from common sense I have ever detected in Catherine.” ~ A …

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Royalty Sex

The Amorous Life of Edward VII

The sexual appetites of King Edward VII are well known: from the scandal of Nellie Cliffden, which Victoria blamed for her beloved Albert’s death, to the perfumed bosoms of aristocratic French ladies and courtesans, to Sarah Bernhardt and Lillie Langtry, to his long-time mistresses, Daisy Warwick and Alice Keppel, Bertie was very much a ladies’ …

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