Were the Victorians kinky?

A new book titled Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism, chronicles the steamy (and kinky!) sex lives of people living during the Victorian era. Salon.com recently conducted an interview with the author, Deborah Lutz, who gave an inside look at some of the book's details.

According to Lutz, flagellation was a prominent feature of about half of Victorian pornography. She believes that this may be due to gender roles during the time – men were expected to be dominant while women were seen as subservient.

Lutz also discussed Josephine Butler, a prominent historical feminist figure. She fought for the rights of women who worked in brothels, as they were often blamed for the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STI) at the time.

Fortunately, many advances have been made in the effort to curb STIs. The widespread use of condoms is largely responsible for the decrease in illnesses such as syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

According to FamilyDoctor.org, individuals who have sex without using a condom are at a higher risk of developing an STI. If left untreated, many STIs can have very serious health consequences.  

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