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Sexual attitudes July 19, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Living.

Sexual attitudes have changed dramatically since the Victorian era.

When couples get married today they may have had up to 10 sexual partners. Back then the majority of women were probably virgins. Even when they did get married a lot of women still didn’t have a clue what to do on the first night of their honeymoon. Britain’s oldest virgin Clare Smith was 95 when she recalled her wedding night.

She said: “We were so innocent my husband and I didn’t even know what having sex was. We both wore thick pyjamas and he played the mouth organ in bed all the time. I married twice and I never had sex. It didn’t bother me, what you don’t know, you don’t miss.”

It was really the introduction of the pill in the Sixties that brought the sexual revolution by breaking the link between sex and pregnancy.

Sex could be enjoyed just for the fun of it. But Scots are not so liberal on sex as we might like to think.

One academic study found that 85 per cent of Scotsmen viewed adultery as wrong and 70 per cent viewed homosexual sex as wrong. When gay sex was decriminalised in England and Wales in 1967, the age of consent was set at 21. But it wasn’t until 1980 that gay sex was decriminalised in Scotland after an amendment to the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill was passed.

In 17th century Spain, it was illegal for anyone other than a woman’s husband to see her bare feet. A woman could freely expose her breasts, but feet were considered sexual and had to be covered in the presence of men other than her husband.

Queen Victoria, Britain’s longest serving monarch is reputed to have been unable to comprehend the notion of lesbianism, thus allowing it to remain legal while prohibiting male homosexuality.

The Greeks are the sexiest nation on the globe. They have sex 138 times a year – well above the global average of 103.

The vow of a Roman vestal virgin lasted 30 years. If she engaged in sex before then, she was punished by being buried alive.

The availabilty of contraception for women broke the link between sex and pregnancy – sex was all for fun now.

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