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And how it critiqued victorian sexual values author

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and how it critiqued Victorian sexual values author is unknown 11 volumes, privately printed around 1890 in Amsterdam the sexual autobiography of a Victorian gentleman sexually and financially extravagant
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Week 5 has to marry for money; hates his wife tries to be faithful but fails his wife dies when he is 35 o he inherits her money and devotes himself to sexual pleasures at 40 he marries a woman he loves, but still cannot be faithful he continues his sexual adventures as a “secret life” o illustrates the interplay of sexuality, gender, and class o being an upper class man gives him sexual power o he often exchanges money for sex with working class women, prostitutes, and servants o if money doesn’t work, he feels justified in using force with working class women underlying assumptions o male lust is an impersonal force aggressive woman to be dominated man cannot control lust “frenzy”; “rutting fits” female sexuality o projection of male fantasy and desire o upper class women are pure o lower class women want sex and/or money o women, like men, enjoy intercourse the most; ejaculate and have large clitoris critiques of Victorian sexual attitudes o although he shared the underlying assumptions of official society, he was also a genuine critic o enjoys pornography; says many sexual practices are harmless o questions social taboos on incest, voyeurism (sexual interest in spying on people), fornication, and even homosexuality
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Week 5 o the author criticizes the official hypocrisy surrounding sex, where practices are denounced publicly that are enjoyed privately o he advocates sex education for youth the assumption underlying the author’s critique of official morality is that your body is life private property o you should be able to do whatever you want with it o this is the libertarian rationale for sexual freedom still 5. definition of prostitution the sale of specific sexual services for a fixed price prostitution is not the “oldest profession” since it cannot exist in a pre-currency society 6. contradictory attitudes towards prostitution in the 19 th century a higher percentage of women (and perhaps gay men) were involved negative views were reinforced by a fear a syphilis o incurable and often fatal, much like AIDS soldiers warned against VD, but not forced to register with the police officially, prostitution was condemned o efforts to control it o also calls from doctors, ministers, and laymen for male purity o only the control of prostitutes was made into government policy unofficially, prostitution was implicitly justified o gender ideology: male lust (nice women were asexual) o class ideology: women of working class are immoral servants should obey their masters birth control was for the well-to- do (low birth rate among upper class)
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Week 5 keep male workers and soldiers happy o capitalist ideology: supply and demand; free market
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