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Queen Victoria's Not So "VICTORIAN" Writings
Illustrated article about what Queen Victorian "really thought about pregnancy, children, marriage, and men.

A Victorian "Standard"
Article about the 19th Century publication, "The Standard."  Was something sinister hid in "The Standard"?


Naughty But Nice
The Victorian lady is undressed in antique photographs; shown are stereoviews that depict a "naughty" but humorous side of the late Victorian era.

Abigail Adams and Women's Rights  by Christine Haug
Fictional letter by Abigail Adams explaining to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 why women's rights should be included in the new Constitution. 

Is the Red Nose from the Corset or Liquor?
On first reading an 1867 article against tight lacing, a modern reader might think that the publication was unusually progressive. In fact, the article hid worse tyrannies than fashion could produce -- those of hiding real problems and of teaching women to blame themselves.


Woman's Debility   
The Doctor Warns Against Taking Cold & How to Avoid Debility: a Victorian view on menstruation. 


Kissing Cousins
Familiarities Between Relations ....  is it "ill-bred" for a Victorian gentleman to kiss his female cousins?

The Unsuitable Suitor of 1879
A Victorian "brush-off"- the rules and suggestions for courtship and romance occupy most of the space in Victorian etiquette and letter writing books... there is generally one curt letter of refusal to a marriage proposal. 
The Touch
Classic illustration of a woman's medical exam by a her doctor.

'Behind Closed Doors' at Victoriana.Com

Animated Gif from:
"Woman Combing her Hair" (c.1887-90)
by Degas (1834-1917)
(Louvre, Paris)


Private Lectures on Perfect Men, Women and Children
In 1880, Professor Fowler explains the relevancy of posture in expressing sexual states.
A Whisper to a Newly Married Pair
Advice to the new husband on expenditure . . . You give your wife a certain sum of money …  I really cannot see the necessity of obliging her to account to you for the exact manner in which she has laid it out.
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