Victorian A while back I found some excerpts from the physician-penned sex manual, The Mysteries of Conjugal Love Revealed , a hilarious little tome of outdated bedroom advice though with a surprisingly decent take on anatomy. Also, Rules for Management During Labour and Child-birth yes, that is the entire title , proves otherwise—those Victorians, man! Here are some choice highlights! The proper time for sexual indulgence is an important consideration, inasmuch as carelessness in this respect may tend to dyspepsia, indigestion, and other affections of the stomach.
Persons who are predisposed to such diseases should never have sexual intercourse just before eating, nor very soon after a full meal. Its peculiar effect on the stomach is calculated to weaken digestion, particularly on the part of the male; and many a miserable dyspeptic might trace his unhappiness to imprudent acts of sexual intercourse.
From two to three hours after or before eating a full meal, is the proper time for this business. Coition, or sexual union, may be compared to a fit of epilepsy, or to an electrical shock. This fact is applied to the offspring of great geniuses, who are supposed to be thinking of something else when they beget their children, and hence their descendants are often much below them in intellect.
In further confirmation of this theory, history informs us that some of the greatest men the world ever saw were bastards—children begotten with vigor, and when the minds of the parents are supposed to have been absorbed in the one idea of a loving sexual embrace. Amorous females generally breed female children, while those of a colder temperament breed boys.
When both are moderate in their desires, children of both sexes are produced. When the female is unnaturally amorous, and such cases frequently occur, she seldom becomes impregnated at all.
The following mode of influencing the sex of the child, some physiologists assert, is really effective, and it looks reasonable. I assume boys were considered prefereable at his point, so this line apparently encourages frigidity? Is this an earnest misconception? The causes of a non-development of the Penis are various. Sometimes a general torpor of the Testes retards its growth.
Disease or excess will frequently make it wither and decrease in size; and many a youth by early masturbation prevents the full development of the organ. You can tell them self-love causes instant death, they are still gonna do it.
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